Bruins Headed Back to NCAA College Cup

Nov. 27, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Bruin midfielder Caitlin Ursini scored on a free kick in the 64th minute Saturday, helping the No. 14-seeded UCLA women's soccer team upset No. 6 Ohio State, 1-0 in an NCAA Quarterfinal matchup at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, UCLA (17-6) advances to next week's NCAA College Cup in Cary, NC and will face No. 7 Princeton (19-2). The Tigers advanced Friday with a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Washington.

UCLA's goal came after a red card was issued to Ohio State's Emily Francis. Bruin midfielder Danesha Adams received a perfect ball from Iris Mora, creating a one-on-one opportunity with OSU goalkeeper Emily Haynam. Francis was ejected after tripping up Adams en route to the goal. Ursini took the free kick, which was located just outside the top of the box, sending in a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.

"We have been working on (set pieces) all week in practice," said Ursini, who scored her first goal of the season Saturday. "I just tried to keep it low and hit it hard and that's what I did."

Added UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis, "We are very excited to be heading back to the College Cup. Ohio State is an excellent team, so to be able to get this result in a tough environment on the road is very special. I'm just so excited right now."

UCLA advances to the College Cup for the second year in a row and the third time in the last five years. The Bruins have also made trips in 2000 and 2003. UCLA's best finish in the NCAA Tournament was a runner-up showing in 2000.

The Bruins have yet to give up a goal in NCAA Tournament play, outscoring their opponents 7-0 in four matches. Heading into today, UCLA posted shutouts over Pepperdine (1-0), San Diego (3-0) and Duke (2-0) in the first three rounds respectively.

Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson was forced to make just two saves on the afternoon. She has not given up a goal since a 3-2 overtime victory against USC back on Nov. 7.

UCLA, which had a one-player advantage following the red card, owned a 24-12 advantage in shots on the day, marking only the second time this year that an opponent has outshot the Buckeyes.

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Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC
Sunday, Dec 06 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC