Thursday, October 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – One of the biggest rivalries in women’s college soccer resumes on Thursday night, with W-League standouts on both sides, as No. 2 UCLA visits No. 5 Stanford at 10:30 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network. The clash is just one of a number of NCAA Division I games available on television or online this weekend as conference action continues to build toward the postseason.
The Bruins enter the game, their first in Pac-12 play, on a seven-game undefeated streak, with a trio of players from the 2013 W-League champion Pali Blues playing a key role in the side’s success. Midfielder Sarah Killion, an All-Western Conference selection this past summer, leads the side with six assists, while Sam Mewis has three goals. Defender Abby Dahlkemper has also played an important role, notching a goal and an assist in her 10 starts while anchoring a Bruins defense that has conceded only four goals in 12 games, and one in its past six.
That defensive record will be tested by the Cardinal, however, who are led by Ottawa Fury standout Taylor Uhl. After scoring three goals in 12 appearances for the Fury this summer, Uhl has scored 10 goals in 11 games for Stanford this fall. She is backed by another Pali standout, Chioma Ubogagu, who has three goals and an assist, while the Washington Spirit Reserves’ Alex Doll’s matchup against the UCLA midfield will be a key to the contest.
Also on Thursday night, No. 1 Virginia and the Pali Blues’ Makenzy Doniak will try to continue their undefeated season as they host No. 9 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. ET on the ACC Digital Network. Doniak leads the Cavalier with 10 goals and five assists this fall, and has helped her side win 12 consecutive games to open the season. Support has come in the form of the Washington Spirit Reserves’ Molly Menchel, who has four goals and three assists.
In additional ACC action on Thursday night, No. 4 North Carolina hosts in-state rival N.C. State at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The Tar Heels are coming off a 3-1 win against Maryland this past Sunday which saw Pali Blues defender Satara Murray find the back of the net for her second goal at UNC. Also playing a key role for UNC this fall have been former Long Island Rough Riders forward Crystal Dunn, who leads the team with nine goals in 11 games, and the Atlanta Silverbacks’ Alexa Newfield, who has three assists.
The weekend’s action continues in the Pac-12 on Saturday night as No. 8 California hosts Southern Cal at 6 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network. The Bears have received solid contributions already this season from Seattle Sounders Women midfielder Rachel Mercik, who has four goals and two assists, while her teammate in Seattle, Genessee Daughetee, has a goal and two assists.
Southern Cal, meanwhile, is still looking for its first conference win of the season. The Pali Blues’ Elizabeth Eddy has led the side with five goals this fall, while former LA Strikers goalkeeper Caroline Stanley has posted a 0.99 goals-against average for the Trojans, but they will need to find a big performance to end the Bears’ 12-game unbeaten streak.
Action out west continues on Sunday as UCLA visits Cal at 2 p.m. ET, and Southern Cal visits Stanford at 8 p.m. ET, with both games available on the Pac-12 Network.