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Freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming was a bright spot throughout UCLA women's soccer's season, leading the team with 11 goals and 27 points despite missing the first two games of the year due to the Olympics. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)
Freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming was a bright spot throughout UCLA women's soccer's season, leading the team with 11 goals and 27 points despite missing the first two games of the year due to the Olympics. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming scored the equalizer for UCLA women's soccer against West Virginia in the 89th minute, but she came up empty in penalty kicks as the Bruins fell 1-1 (4-2). (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming scored the equalizer for UCLA women's soccer against West Virginia in the 89th minute, but she came up empty in penalty kicks as the Bruins fell 1-1 (4-2). (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior midfielder Annie Alvarado tallied UCLA's first goal less than four minutes into the match. The Bruins eventually beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 2-0. (Diana Luna/Daily Bruin)
Senior midfielder Annie Alvarado tallied UCLA's first goal less than four minutes into the match. The Bruins eventually beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 2-0. (Diana Luna/Daily Bruin)

Freshman goalkeeper Teagan Micah has anchored UCLA's defense the entire year, allowing 21 goals in 20 games this season with a .796 save percentage and eight shutouts. (Diana Luna/Daily Bruin)
Freshman goalkeeper Teagan Micah has anchored UCLA's defense the entire year, allowing 21 goals in 20 games this season with a .796 save percentage and eight shutouts. (Diana Luna/Daily Bruin)

In the Big Splash – the annual rivalry game between Cal and Stanford – the Golden Bears nearly blew a four-goal fourth quarter lead, but held on to hold off the Cardinal 11-10. (Wesley Hardin/Daily Bruin)
In the Big Splash – the annual rivalry game between Cal and Stanford – the Golden Bears nearly blew a four-goal fourth quarter lead, but held on to hold off the Cardinal 11-10. (Wesley Hardin/Daily Bruin)

In UCLA's 4-3-3 formation, freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming lined up as a false nine the past two games, setting up her teammates with multiple scoring opportunities and recording an assist against Seattle. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)
In UCLA's 4-3-3 formation, freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming lined up as a false nine the past two games, setting up her teammates with multiple scoring opportunities and recording an assist against Seattle. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Defender Hailie Mace leads a UCLA defense that’s recorded seven shutouts this season. But the sophomore was an outside candidate for the role, having spent her junior and senior years at Buena High School as a top-scoring forward. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Versatility backs sophomore Hailie Mace’s success on soccer field

Despite the numerous awards to her name, sophomore Hailie Mace was never a surefire successor for a spot on the celebrated UCLA defense. The current Bruin starting center back managed to bookend her tenure at Buena High by reaping honors such as the 2015 Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame Player of the Year and 2014 the Channel League Offensive MVP, just to name a few. Read more...

Defender Hailie Mace leads a UCLA defense that’s recorded seven shutouts this season. But the sophomore was an outside candidate for the role, having spent her junior and senior years at Buena High School as a top-scoring forward. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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