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What’s Bruin: UCLA Women’s Soccer is the New Number 1 Team in the Country

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Plus, more soccer news, women’s volleyball news and more....

Ashley Sanchez

Let’s take a quick spin around UCLA Athletics tonight to find out What’s Bruin.

UCLA Women’s Soccer

The UCLA Women’s Soccer team defeated UCSB on Sunday night by a score of 3-1 to remain undefeated. The Bruins moved their record to 4-0 with the win.

It was all Bruins in the first half as MacKenzie Cerda opened the scoring in the 11th with her second goal of the season. Then, in the 19th minute, Delanie Sheehan scored her third goal of the year to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. In the second half, Julia Hernandez made it 3-0 in the 50th minute to finish the scoring for the Bruins. Maddie Gibson scored the lone goal for the Gauchos in the 55th minute, but the UCLA defense held strong for the remainder of the game.

Here are the highlights and post-game interview, courtesy of UCLA Athletics and Pac-12 Networks.

In other Women’s Soccer news, UCLA is the new number one team in the country in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Bruins claimed the top spot by staying undefeated while five of the previous top six teams lost. UCLA leapt over crosstown rival Southern Cal, which was the only team previously ranked ahead of the Bruins that didn’t lose last week. The Trojans fell from #5 to #7 because they have still only played one game on the season.

And, today, the Pac-12 Conference announced that Hailie Mace and Teagan Micah were selected as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and the Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively. Mace was also selected as the UCLA Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week.

UCLA Women’s Volleyball

On Sunday night, the Bruins won a hard-fought, five-set victory over host Hawai’i at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational to give the team a weekend sweep. UCLA won 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 15-10.

Mac May led the Bruins with 18 kills followed by Madeleine Gates with 16. Jenny Mosser and Kyra Rogers also finished with double digits in kills. Zana Muno had 34 digs, the fourth-most digs in a match in UCLA history. Sarah Sponcil had a double-double with 58 kills and 10 digs while May and Reily Buechler just missed double-doubles of their own. May finished with 9 digs while Buechler had 11 digs and 9 kills.

For their play this weekend, Muno and May earned Pac-12 Conference honors. Muno was selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week while May picked up Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

UCLA Women’s Basketball

Former UCLA Women’s Basketball player Atonye Nyingifa just finished playing in the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Tournament for the Nigerian Women’s National Team, which defeated Senegal to win the title.

UCLA Women’s Golf

Sophomore Mariel Galdiano won gold as both an individual and as part of Team USA at the World University Games. Galdiano won the title by four strokes and finished at 8-under, 208 over three rounds.

And, that’s What’s Bruin this Tuesday....

Go Bruins!!!