UCLA transfer Natalia Ledezma came to UC Irvine to win friends and influence scoreboards.
The sophomore had managed the former by blending her unselfish style of play and an infectiously vibrant personality with a group of new teammates, a large number of whom contributed to the Anteaters' 19-3-2 campaign in 2010.
Ledezma, a former ESPN Rise second-team All-American at La Mirada High who also played for the U.S. national team at the under-15, U-17 and U-18 levels, wasted little time achieving the latter as well. She scored both goals in a 2-0 exhibition victory over visiting Fresno State on Wednesday afternoon.
Ledezma, who did not score and managed just three shots (only one shot on goal) in 18 games as a freshman for the Bruins last season, helped Coach Scott Juniper's Anteaters justify their No. 17 national preseason ranking.
UCI, which won its first Big West Conference regular-season title and turned its first NCAA Tournament appearance into a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010, was also picked to win the Big West this season in a coaches' poll announced Wednesday.