Aug. 29, 2003
Santa Clara, Calif. - A late second-half goal from forward Iris Mora helped the No. 5 UCLA women's soccer team play to a 1-1 tie against top-ranked Santa Clara in the season opener for both teams Friday evening at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara's Veronica Zepeda scored the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute. Leslie Osborne passed to Lana Bowen on a quick restart at midfield, while Horvath and Megan Kakadelas connected on passes to advance the ball. Kakadelas' serve went past the goal, where Zepeda collected on the left side and allowed the Bruin defense to settle before she easily bent her ball into the right side of the net.
UCLA attacked with 10 second-half shots, including one from 20 yards in the 75th minute by Stephanie Kron that bounced off the left post. The Bruins connected with 1:07 left in regulation with a through ball by Stacy Lindstrom that found Mora. She drew Sobolik out on the play and blooped it into a near-empty net, just beating junior defender Jessica Ballweg past the goal line.
There were opportunities for both teams in the overtime periods, including a shot by UCLA that caught Sobolik going in the opposite direction. However, she was able to get a hand on it, bobbling and catching the ball to preserve the draw.
With the tie, UCLA snaps a four-match losing streak to the Broncos, who had won the previous four meetings. Mora continues her hot streak against Santa Clara, as she scored UCLA's only goal in last season's 2-1 overtime loss. Similar to Friday's meeting, Lindstrom also had the assist on Mora's goal a year ago. The Bruins outshot the Broncos on Friday, 17-7.
UCLA travels to No. 13 Pepperdine this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.