Oct. 19, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team won the battle between the nation's top two teams on Friday, posting a 2-0 victory over No. 2 Stanford in front of a capacity crowd at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. With the win, the Bruins improve their record to 10-1-2 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal fall to 10-2-1 and 1-1 in conference action.
The Cardinal got a great chance in the 13th minute when sophomore Kelley O'Hara received a cross from freshman Christen Press. O'Hara then sent the ball into the top left portion of the net, but Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson was able to dive to make the save and keep the game scoreless. About a minute later, UCLA had a great chance of its own when freshman Kylie Wright drove a ball towards Stanford goalkeeper Kira Maker. Maker moved left and smothered the shot to record her only save of the night.
UCLA got on the board in the 37th minute when sophomore Lauren Cheney was awarded a penalty kick after being brought down in the Stanford box. She converted the kick, sending in her team-leading 14th goal of the season.
UCLA held that lead for most of the match. In the 75th minute, however, the Bruins went ahead 2-0 on a goal by junior Christina DiMartino. DiMartino received a pass from Cheney and made a quick move left in the middle of the field before powering a shot that was placed into the top right portion of the net.
The Bruins owned a slight 10-8 advantage in the final shot count. Henderson finished with a match-high four saves, picking up her fourth shutout of the season.
UCLA returns to action this Sunday, facing No. 19 Cal at 1:00 p.m. in Berkeley.