Welcome to today’s What’s Bruin! There is so much good UCLA Women’s Soccer news to report but, unfortunately, there is some devastating news as well, as senior Darian Jenkins has played her last game wearing the blue and gold, due to an injury suffered in last Sunday’s 3-2 win at Oregon.
UCLA Women’s Soccer
Senior forward Darian Jenkins is out for the season with a broken left fibula. Jenkins led UCLA and the PAC 12 in goals (tied with Jessie Fleming with seven), points (17=7 goals plus 3 assists), and game winning goals (five). This is a tough loss for UCLA, as Jenkins was having an MVP-type season.
We at BN wish Darian the best of luck in the future. Personally, I am hoping she enters the NWSL draft and that the Orlando Pride pick her so I can watch her play in person!
As a result of the 3-2 win over Oregon, the Bruins (9-2; 3-0 PAC 12) are now ranked #10 in the NCSAA poll. The Bruins are tied with four other teams with identical 3-0 conference records atop the PAC 12. That logjam will be broken tonight and Sunday.
This is a huge weekend for the UCLA Women’s soccer team. UCLA has two games at Drake Stadium, the first of which is against #14 UC Berkeley (10-2, 3-0 PAC 12) tonight, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. PT. That game will be televised on the PAC 12 Network.
Then, on Sunday the Bruins face undefeated and #1 ranked Stanford (10-0-1; 3-0 PAC 12) at 1 p.m. PT. Boy, UCLA could have really used Jenkins for these games but there is a lot of talent on this roster and hopefully Head Coach Amanda Cromwell will make adjustments to put UCLA in the best position to win.
Finally, we are all Bruins for life. As such, I want to give a huge shout out to the seven Bruins who are on the Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash, the two teams who will be playing for the NWSL Championship this weekend. Megan Oyster and Caprice Dydasco, both of whom were on UCLA’s 2013 nation Championship team, play for the Washington Spirit. The Western New York Flash feature five Bruins, including USWNTer Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, Taylor Smith, and Katelyn Rowland from the 2013 Championship squad, and McCall Zemboni from the 2008 team that made it to the Women’s College Cup (the "Final Four" so to speak).
Whatever happens on Sunday in Houston, at least two Bruins will be hoisting another championship!
Men’s Water Polo
The UCLA Men’s Water Polo team (17-0) has matched a significant milestone. After winning a doubleheader last Saturday, over UC Irvine, 11-0, and then over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 17-4, the winning streak is now at 50 games, matching the streak set by the UCLA teams of the mid-1960s. Congratulations to the team on this spectacular accomplishment!
The Bruins will look to break the record and make it 51 and 52 this weekend as they take on #4 Pacific on Saturday at noon in Stockton and UC Davis on Sunday at noon in Davis. The Pacific game in particular will be a tough test for UCLA on the road.
The #18 UCLA Women’s Volleyball (11-3; 2-2 PAC 12) team split two games on the road against the mountain schools last weekend. On Friday, the Bruins swept Utah in straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20. Then, on Sunday, UCLA could not quite get it done against #19 Colorado, falling in four sets, 21-25, 26-24, 15-25, 26-28.
The Bruins hope to set back in the winning column this weekend at Pauley Pavillion, where they host Arizona State on Friday at 7 p.m. PT and Arizona on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. PT. Neither of the Arizona schools are ranked. Both games will be televised on the PAC 12 Networks.
After falling at home in thoroughly embarrassing fashion to the Washington Huskies, 4-0, in their PAC 12 opener last Thursday night, the UCLA Men’s Soccer team (5-3-1; 1-1 PAC 12) salvaged a win against Oregon State on Sunday, 2-0. Jose Hernandez and Felix Vabejda scored within two minutes of each other, in the 56th and 58th minutes, respectively, to give the Bruins the win.
Somehow, the Bruins are still ranked at #19, although they have dropped in the polls in each of the last two weeks.
The Bruins only play one game this week, on the road at San Diego State on Saturday at 7 p.m. The #13 Aztecs (6-1-3) will be a stiff challenge for UCLA. UCLA needs a win and some confidence before a road trip the following weekend to the Bay Area.
That all she wrote for Bruin Bites this week! Hopefully all of the UCLA "non-revnue" sports will find success this weekend!