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Hanson’s Mewis stepping forward for UCLA women’s soccer

Samantha Mewis (left), a Whitman-Hanson graduate, is pushing forward more from UCLA’s midfield as she is asked for more offense.
Samantha Mewis (left), a Whitman-Hanson graduate, is pushing forward more from UCLA’s midfield as she is asked for more offense.Jeff Sipsey

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Her role, on and off the field, is changing this season on the UCLA women’s soccer team, a program ranked fifth in the Division 1 preseason poll.

Samantha Mewis did not score in the Bruins’ first two games, convincing victories over Northeastern (4-0) and Cal State Northridge (3-0). But with the graduation of leading scorer Zakiya Bywaters, the 2012 Pac-10 Player of the Year, the expectation is that the former Whitman-Hanson Regional High standout will need to step forward as a scorer this season.

The 5-foot-11 junior midfielder netted three goals and three assists (16 games) last season after missing the first six games while leading the United States to a gold medal at the FIFA U-20 World Championships in Japan.

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