After a hard-fought win against crosstown rivals USC to close up the regular season, the UCLA Bruins head into the post-season looking for a spot in the Women’s College Cup. Their first stop, playing host to the Seattle University Redhawks.
UCLA learned their fate in the round of 64 on Monday, November 7th. They were seeded at #4 along with BYU, Minnesota, and Auburn, with BYU on their side of the bracket. Seattle has a respectable record of 14-5-1 and won their conference title, WAC, for the third year. First in 2013 and then again in 2014.
After the disappointment of missing the 2015 NCAA tournament, the first in 19 years, the Bruins come back to the postseason with a vengeance. The Bruins head into the game as heavy favorites, but can easily be their own enemy. Their inconsistency is key in the postseason. They have a firepower offense, who led the conference during the regular season in points but have tied or lost to some of the top schools in the nation. They tied against Cal, lost to Stanford, Utah, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina. Those stats don’t leave too much room for comfort. When UCLA is on top of their game, they are unstoppable. Their goalkeeper Teagan Micha has recorded seven shutouts. Their backline of Hallie Mace, Kaiya McCullough, Mackenzie Cerda, and Zoey Goralski have played over 1200 minutes. Their midfield and offense have 12 goal scorers between them. It really is UCLA’s game to lose.
This match will mark the first time UCLA and Seattle have ever met. It’s go big or go home for both teams. The battle to the College Cup starts now.
#18 UCLA Women’s Soccer (13-5-1)
Opponent: Seattle Redhawks (14-5-1)
When: 7 PM PT, Friday, November 11, 2016
Where: Drake Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Live Video/Audio Stream: Pac-12.com with Nick Koop and Pac-12 Now App