Sept. 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore forward Lauren Cheney became just the third player in school history to score four goals in a match, as the sixth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory over Hawai'i on Sunday afternoon at Drake Stadium. The Bruins, who were coming off a tie against Pepperdine on Friday, improve to 4-1-2 on the year. The Rainbow Wahine fall to 5-2-1 with the loss.
Cheney, who had just four goals on the year coming into Sunday's match, doubled her season total by turning in one of the most prolific performances ever by a Bruin player. Her first strike came in the first 10 minutes of the match, as she hooked up with junior Christina DiMartino on a through ball at the 9:47 mark.
Less than two minutes later Cheney struck again, scoring on a left-footed shot into the far post after receiving a ball from freshman Kylie Wright.
UCLA enjoyed a 2-0 lead at the half, however the game was broke wide open in the second half, as the Bruins tacked on four more unanswered goals.
Similar to her performance in the first half, Cheney again had two goals within a matter of minutes of each other. She got the hat trick at the 55:33 mark, taking a Caitlyn Mac Kechnie header and dribbling it to the top of the box where she curled it around Hawai'i goalkeeper Nicole McClure. Cheney beat McClure again less than a minute later (56:05), putting away a close-range shot set up by DiMartino and Danesha Adams.
Cheney's four-goal performance on Sunday equals the UCLA single-game record, as only two other Bruin players have managed to accomplish this feat. The first player to do it was Traci Arkenberg, who had four goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over UC Irvine back on Sept. 9, 1996. Adams was the last player to do it, setting an NCAA Tournament single-game record by scoring four times in UCLA's 5-0 victory over Virginia in the quarterfinals on Nov. 25, 2005.
Cheney was taken out of the match immediately following her fourth goal, making way for two other Bruin players to get in the scoring column. Defender Lauren Wilmoth dribbled along the end line, drawing McClure out before passing a ball back to Mac Kechnie, who finished it off from about five yards out at the 62:15 mark. Adams capped the scoring for UCLA in the 70th minute, volleying in a DiMartino cross from less than four yards out.
Sunday marked the first time the Bruins had scored six goals against an opponent since defeating UNLV, 6-1 last season. It is UCLA's largest margin of victory since a 9-0 win over Mississippi Valley State in the NCAA First Round back in 1995.
UCLA has just one match next week but it's a big one, as the Bruins host No. 3 Portland on Friday at 7:00 p.m.