Oct. 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES - After being held scoreless for the first half of play, the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team exploded for three second-half goals to defeat No. 19 San Diego, 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Drake Stadium. With the win, the Bruins (9-0-2) continue their dominance in home matches, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 42 in a row.
Junior Kristina Larsen put the Bruins on the board just 24 seconds into the second half, capitalizing on a close-range strike from about eight yards out. Defender Lauren Barnes made a run down the left side of the field, hitting a cross into the box that found the feet of Kara Lang. Lang managed to one-touch the ball across the box and Larsen ran onto it, eventually beating San Diego goalkeeper Brittany Cameron to the left corner.
UCLA would add another goal in the 61st minute, as midfielder Christina DiMartino got free towards the top of the box, eventually lofting a perfect ball into the top-right corner. It marked DiMartino's fourth goal of the season.
Defender Lauren Wilmoth would cap the scoring for UCLA in the 83rd minute with her second goal of the year. Forward Lauren Cheney made a run up the middle, laying the ball off on the right side to an overlapping Wilmoth, who drilled a shot to the upper-left corner.
Despite giving up three second-half goals, Cameron enjoyed an outstanding match in goal for San Diego. The Torero senior came up with several spectacular saves throughout the match, including a saved penalty kick in the first half. She finished with a match-high eight saves on the day. Bruin goalkeeper Ashley Thompson had two saves on the day, posting her third straight shutout.
"I was extremely pleased with our effort this weekend," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis, who notched her 200th career coaching victory in the Bruins' 1-0 win over Pepperdine on Friday evening. "Today I thought we played well and scored some great goals. Everybody contributed and we were able to get a lot of players in the match. I take my hat off to their goalkeeper. She played fantastic."
UCLA's penalty kick in the first half came when midfielder McCall Zerboni was brought down in the box. Lang took the kick for the Bruins, however Cameron was able to make a great save on the play.
UCLA has now outscored the competition 26-1 this season. The Bruins continue to add to their school record consecutive shutout streak, notching their 10th in a row Sunday.
The Bruins open up Pac-10 play next week, hosting Washington State on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Washington on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches are at UCLA's Drake Stadium.