Fleming Named Player of the Week
Sophomore midfielder Jessie Fleming was named both the Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week and the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for Aug. 14-20.
Fleming began the 2017 season with two goals and three assists in the Bruins‘ first two games, both 5-1 victories, over San Diego State and at Long Beach State. In the win over San Diego State, she scored the game-winning goal on a spectacular volley and also assisted on the game’s first goal.
At San Diego State, she scored a goal in the third minute and added two assists. Fleming, who has a goal or assist in her last five games dating to last year, leads the team and is sixth in the nation with seven points.
UCLA’s Women’s Soccer Scoring Machine
Junior forward Julia Hernandez is off to a hot start this season as she has already scored three goals in just two matches in 2017. Hernandez is fifth in the country this season with her three goals and 13th in goals per game at 1.50. More impressively, she has scored her three goal in just 37 minutes of action which averages to a goal every 12 minutes and 20 seconds that Hernandez is on the pitch.
UCLA’s Women’s Soccer Fresh Faces
UCLA’s freshman class has already made a big impact, with five freshmen earning starting positions in at least one game so far this season. Karina Rodriguez, Viviana Villacorta and Delanie Sheehan started in both games over the weekend, and Ashley Sanchez and Olivia Athens earned the start at Long Beach State. Sheehan ranks third on the team in scoring with five points (2g, 1a). Athens has two assists, and Villacorta has one assist. Rodriguez leads all field players with 135 minutes played. Also making her collegiate debut over the weekend was Marley Canales, who played in both games.
Women’s Soccer – Scouting the Broncos
Santa Clara is ranked No. 13 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and enters Thursday’s match with a 1-1-0 record after earning a 2-1 victory over San Jose State in its season opener and falling to California on the road, 2-1, on Sunday. Maddy Gonzalez scored a goal in each of SCU’s opening matches, while Julie Doyle scored the game-winning goal against San Jose State. Santa Clara was picked to win the West Coast Conference as Kellie Peay and Gudrun Arnardottir were named to the All-WCC Preseason Team. Both were named second team All-WCC and All-West Region second team selections lat season.
Women’s Soccer – Scouting the Gauchos
UCSB won both of its matches opening weekend with a 3-0 win over Idaho and later earned a 1-0 road victory at San Jose State to begin the season with a 2-0-0 record. Amanda Ball was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals, and Kate Shoemaker was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week. Goalkeepers Maddie Julian and Brittney Rogers each tallied shutouts last week with a total of five saves. The Gauchos were picked third in the preseason coaches poll with Ball and Mallory Hromatko being named to the preseason all-league team.
UCLA’s Women’s Soccer Last Week’s Roundup
UCLA opened the 2017 season with a pair of victories, defeating San Diego State and Long Beach State last weekend both by the score of 5-1.
The Bruins defeated San Diego State on Friday, Aug. 18 as junior forward Julia Hernandez scored two second-half goals, and Hailie Mace and Jessie Fleming each had a goal and an assist. Mace gave UCLA a 1-0 lead after the first half beforeUCLA scored four second-half goals to run away with the game.
The Bruins then earned a win over LBSU as freshman Delanie Sheehan scored two goals, and sophomore Jessie Fleming had a goal and two assists. UCLA went up quickly 2-0 in the first half with goals from Fleming and Sheehan and didn’t look back as Teagan Micah made two saves to earn her second-straight win.
UCLA’s Women’s Soccer – 2016 in Review
The Bruins finished last season ranked No. 13 in the country with a 15-5-2 overall record and 7-3-1 Pac-12 record, which tied for fourth in the standings. UCLA advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 1 overall seed West Virginia in penalty kicks in a snowy affair. Five Bruins earned Pac-12 awards, including All-Pac-12 honorees Jessie Fleming (1st team), Anika Rodriguez (2nd team) and Hailie Mace (honorable mention) and All-Freshman selection Kaiya McCullough. Fleming became just the fourth Bruin in history to earn NSCAA All-America honors as a freshman.
UCLA’s Women’s Soccer – In The Rankings
UCLA moved up two spots to No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and earned one first-place vote after impressive 5-1 victories in its first two games. UCLA also moved up in the TopDrawerSoccer poll, checking in at No. 5.
UCLA’s Women’s Soccer Looking Ahead
The Bruins will play three straight matches away from home beginning with a two-game swing through the state of Utah beginning with BYU on Friday, Sept. 1 at 6 pm PT, followed by Weber State on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 6 pm PT.