After the UCLA football team was able to end Stanford’s winning streak against the Bruins on Thursday, the UCLA women’s soccer team will look to do the same this evening against the Cardinal. Stanford currently has a five-game winning streak over the Bruins.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, the Bruins defeated the Utah Utes, 2-0, to stretch their current winning streak to three games. It was the second straight shutout for UCLA. Bruin goalkeeper Teagan Micah earned the clean sheet for the game.
Offensively, it was the Mia Fishel Show on display against the Utes as the freshman scored both of UCLA’s goals in the game. Her first goal came in the 31st minute when she took a pass from Ashley Sanchez and poked it into the back of the net to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, it was Fishel again in the 51st minute. This time, she took a rebound from a Utah defender and drilled it home for another goal.
Her goals were her sixth and seventh ones of the year.
The Cardinal currently sit in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 with an undefeated record in conference play and a 1-0 final against Pepperdine as their only loss of the season. Meanwhile, the Bruins are in fourth place in the conference.
The key to a Bruin win in this game will be UCLA’s ability to score. If the Bruins are unable to score, it’s going to be a long night, no matter how good of a game UCLA gets out of either Teagan Micah or Lauren Brzykcy. UCLA needs to come out on the attack immediately and get on the scoreboard as soon and as much as possible, especially given the fact that Stanford has gone more than 41⁄2 games since they gave up a goal to Southern Cal.
The outlook for tonight’s game isn’t particularly good. UCLA has dropped the last five games to Stanford and there’s little reason to think that things are going to change tonight.
Then again, maybe Stanford will start their third-string attacker and Jessie Fleming can do her best impression of DTR, Kyle Phillips or Joshua Kelley and bring Stanford’s streak to an end just like the football team did on Thursday.
While that would be great, I don’t think it’s likely. Stanford, 3-1.
This is your UCLA vs. Stanford women’s soccer open thread.