Last December, the UCLA women’s soccer team faced the Stanford Cardinal in the NCAA Championship game. Stanford won the title by winning that game, 3-2.
Tonight, the teams will meet again in a rematch of that game.
Last Time Out
Last Friday, the Bruins hosted Washington State without their starting goalkeeper Teagan Micah, who was injured during pre-game warmups. UCLA was also without Jessie Fleming, who was on Canadian National Team duty.
The game remained scoreless until the 61st minute landed a counterattack goal on redshirt freshman Lauren Brzykcy. Unfortunately, the Bruins could not land an equalizer and the game finished with the score Washington State 1, UCLA 0.
The Cardinal appear to have picked up where they left off in 2017. Stanford is undefeated so far this season. #7 Santa Clara did manage to tie the Cardinal, 1-1, on September 16th.
I think the stat that sticks out most to me is the fact that Stanford has scored 25 goals in nine games while only allowing 5 goals to all of their opponents. The Bruins have outscored their opponents, too, but only by a 13-6 margin.
Catarina Macario and Sophia Smith are tied for the team lead in goals with four each while Jordan DiBiasi and Madison Haley have each added three goals. By comparison, no Bruin has scored more than two goals so far.
The one advantage UCLA has is that they’ve played a really tough road schedule so far while Stanford’s toughest games have been at home. So, the Bruins are used to playing in hostile environments.
That’s good because, tonight’s game might be the toughest one they will face all season.
While anything is possible, I just think Stanford will be too strong at home, especially if UCLA is missing Hallie Mace and/or Jessie Fleming to national team duties.
Standford 4, Bruins 1.
This is your UCLA women’s soccer vs. Stanford Cardinal open thread.