Third-Ranked Women's Soccer Team Blanks Pepperdine, 1-0

Oct. 3, 2008

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - A Lauren Cheney goal in the fifth minute of play was all the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team would need on Friday evening, as the Bruins posted a 1-0 victory over local rival Pepperdine before 813 fans at Drake Stadium. With the win, UCLA (8-0-2) notches its ninth straight shutout, while pushing the nation's longest home winning streak to 41 in a row.

UCLA's goal, scored at the 4:28 mark, was initiated when freshman Sydney Leroux pushed the ball up the left side, eventually laying it off to senior Christina DiMartino. DiMartino found Cheney, who was making a run across the top of the box. Cheney ran to the top right corner of the box before hitting a right-footed shot across her body and into the left corner of the goal, beating Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte. It marked Cheney's team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Pepperdine (4-6-2) nearly got the equalizer in the 17th minute, as Laura Cole hit a shot off the crossbar. Bruin goalkeeper Ashley Thompson, however, was in position to make the save had the shot been any lower. The Waves had another chance at the 52:18 mark, when Myriah Stockman hit a long shot that bounced off the left post before being cleared by a Bruin defender. Thompson, who made seven saves on the night, registered her fourth shutout of the season Friday.

In addition to several Pepperdine near misses, UCLA had a number of legitimate scoring chances of its own. Both Lauren Barnes and DiMartino had shots ricochet off the post in the 33rd and 38th minutes, respectively. The Bruins outshot the Waves, 17-12 on the evening.

Friday marked the 200th career coaching victory for UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis.

UCLA rounds out the week with another West Coast Conference opponent on Sunday, as the Bruins will host No. 19 San Diego at Noon.

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Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC
Sunday, Dec 06 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC