Women's Soccer season comes to an end
Stanford, Calif. - Playing in a steady downpour for the entire 90 minutes, the
UCLA women's soccer team saw its season come to an end in the NCAA Round of 16
on Friday evening, as top-seeded Stanford registered a 3-0 victory over the
Bruins before 1,896 fans at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. With the loss, UCLA ends its
season with a 13-8-2 overall record. The Cardinal, who remain undefeated at
21-0-2, advance to next week's quarterfinals and will meet the winner of
tomorrow's match between second-seeded Florida State and third-seeded Marquette.
"We certainly want to congratulate Stanford and wish them all the very
best, to bring a championship to the Pac-10," said UCLA head coach Jillian
Ellis. "They're a terrific team."
Unfortunately for UCLA, an early goal
by Stanford forced the Bruins to play from behind for nearly the entire match,
as the Cardinal tallied their first goal at just the 4:19 mark on what was
ultimately scored as an own goal against the Bruins. An attempted ball played
into the box by midfielder Mariah Nogueira was actually intercepted by a Bruin
defender. However, due to the slick conditions, the ball grazed off the
defender's head and back toward the UCLA goal, slipping into the top-left
Stanford would tack on another goal prior to intermission on
Pac-10 Player of the Year Christen Press's 24th goal of the year in the 29th
minute. After dribbling to the top left corner of the box, Press stopped and cut
quickly to the right, losing her defender before unleashing a right-footed
strike to the upper-right corner.
Down 2-0 at the half, UCLA came out
after the break and raised its level, continually challenging Stanford
goalkeeper Emily Oliver. It mirrored the Bruins' 2-0 loss to the Cardinal
earlier in the year, where UCLA made a second-half charge after also going down
2-0 in the first half. The Bruins actually outshot the Cardinal, 10-7 in the
second half on Friday.
Despite UCLA's inspired play, Stanford gained the
momentum yet again, as Press knocked in her 25th goal of the season in the 60th
minute. Lindsay Taylor played a long ball into the box that was deflected by a
Bruin defender before finding the feet of Teresa Noyola on the endline. Noyola
played the ball back out to a charging Press, who finished it from about 10
"Obviously tonight, my heart goes out to my seniors," said
Ellis. "I want to thank my seniors for what they brought to our program and I
want to thank my team for the effort they had this year. It's been a tough and
challenging year but I'm proud of the way the team battled, especially in the
second half. I thought they left it all out on the field."
the final match for UCLA seniors Lauren Barnes, Kylie Wright, Dana Wall, Elise
Britt, Iman Bearde, Liz Zadro and Taylor Cochran.
three goals on the night, goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford made several great stops
in goal, finishing the night with five saves. UCLA outshot the Cardinal, 14-13
in the final stats.
UCLA's loss on Friday marks the team's earliest NCAA
Tournament exit since falling to Texas A&M in the round of 16 in 2002. The
Bruins entered this season as the only team to appear in the last seven NCAA