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Fleming, Cerda Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors


September 06, 2016-

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Freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, and junior MacKenzie Cerda was selected the Defensive Player of the Week after the Bruins shut out defending NCAA champion Penn State, 1-0 in overtime, last Friday.

Fleming, who was playing in just her second collegiate game since winning bronze at the Olympics, scored her third goal of the season on a header in the 99th minute to beat the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions. Fleming already is tied for the team lead in goals scored with three and leads the Pac-12 in points per game (3) and goals per game (1.5).

Cerda, who moved from forward to left back during the off-season, had the assist on Fleming’s game-winner with a perfectly-placed corner kick. Cerda is tied for the team lead in assists with two and ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in assists per game (0.5). Defensively, she has helped the Bruins shut out three of four opponents this year, including two Top 15 teams.

The Pac-12 honors are the first for each player and the third and fourth for UCLA players this season.

USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme was named the Goalkeeper of the Week.

Ninth-ranked UCLA is back in action on Friday, Sept. 9 against eighth-ranked North Carolina at Drake Stadium at 7pm.