Nov. 30, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Forward Danesha Adams headed in a corner kick in fourth minute of double-overtime on Friday, sending the top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over second-seeded Portland on a rain-soaked evening at Drake Stadium. With the win, the Bruins (20-1-2) advance to their fifth straight NCAA College Cup and will face second-seeded USC on Friday at 4:00 p.m. (PST) in College Station, Texas. The other match that day pits Florida State against Notre Dame at 2:00 p.m. (PST).
"To get that goal at the end was an amazing feeling," said Adams, who tied the UCLA career record for game-winning goals with her 25th. "It's my senior year and I don't want to go home. I don't want this to ever end. I want to always wear this UCLA Bruin jersey."
The official time of Adams' goal was 103:58. The Bruins were awarded a corner kick on the right side and freshman Lauren Barnes went over to take it. She curled a ball towards the goal and Adams out-jumped the pack and buried it into the top of the net past Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis.
"It was a great service in and I just went up and said `you know what, I'm going to finish this right now,'" added Adams. "I just went up for it. Kelsey had a great game, but it was our time".
UCLA, which was up 2-1 with just minutes to play in regulation, would've won the match in normal time had it not been for a Portland (18-4) corner kick that resulted in a loose ball in the box. UCLA failed to clear it and Pilot midfielder Angie Woznuk was able to hit it in with the outside of her foot, tying the match in the 89th minute.
"Giving up that goal feels gut-wrenching," said head coach Jillian Ellis. "But to come back, that's the greatest lesson for these guys at this point. They showed that they can bounce back. I told them before the overtime period, that we just controlled the second half of the game and now we have to finish it. This was tremendous."
Portland struck first on Friday, as Michelle Enyeart's goal in the 35th minute gave the Pilots an early 1-0 lead. Jessica Tsao sent a ball into the box, drawing out UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson. Due to the wet field conditions the ball skidded by, creating an empty net opportunity for Enyeart, who finished it from seven yards out.
The Bruins answered back in the 51st minute on Adams' first goal of the match, as she dribbled a ball through four Portland defenders before unleashing a right-footed shot to the far post. Bruin sophomore Kara Lang, who scored both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over Portland earlier in the year, then put the Bruins up 2-1 at the 72:20 mark on a close-range header off a ball sent in from Christina DiMartino. Lauren Wilmoth was also credited with an assist on that play.
Game Notes: Friday's 3-2 win marked UCLA's second come-from-behind victory in the postseason, as the Bruins rebounded from an early goal to take a 2-1 win over Virginia in the NCAA Round of 16 ... UCLA joins North Carolina and Massachusetts as the only teams to make five straight appearances in the College Cup ... The Bruins end their home season 14-0, marking the second straight year that UCLA has went undefeated at home (UCLA was 16-0 last season) ... The Bruins extended the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to 41 matches ... UCLA improves to 6-1 in all-time matches against Portland ... It marks the second straight season that UCLA has defeated Portland in the quarterfinals ... The Bruins snapped the Pilots' 11-match winning streak and nine-match shutout streak ... UCLA improved its winning streak to 17 ... Florida State and Notre Dame join UCLA and USC as the other two teams in next week's College Cup.