Nov. 3, 2006
Eugene, Ore. - The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team suffered just its third loss of the season Friday evening, as the Bruins were upset by Oregon, 2-1 in double-overtime at Pape Field in Eugene. With the loss, UCLA moves to 16-3 overall and 7-1 in the Pac-10. The Bruins can still win the Pac-10 title outright with a victory over Oregon State on Sunday. With the win, Oregon improves to 11-6-2 overall and 5-1-2 in the conference.
Following a scoreless first half, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute, as Allison Newton sent in a sharp-angled shot from the left corner. The Bruins, however, struck back in the 78th minute on an own goal. Sophomore Christina DiMartino sent a ball into the box, and a failed clearance by an Oregon defender resulted in a deflection into the net.
However, with less than three minutes remaining in the second overtime period, Oregon senior Nicole Garbin ended the match with a seven-yard shot into the left corner at the 107:16 mark. Newton was credited with the assist.
UCLA outshot Oregon 24-19 on the night. Cheney led all players with a match-high 10 shots. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson finished with six saves.
The Bruins play their final match of the regular season on Sunday, facing Oregon State at 11:00 a.m. in Corvallis. Even a tie against the Beavers guarantees UCLA at least a share of the Pac-10 title. NCAA selections will be announced on Monday.