Nov. 11, 2007
Seattle - A pair of goals from Danesha Adams and another from Lauren Cheney helped the top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team complete its sweep of the Pac-10 Conference, as the Bruins took a 3-0 victory over Washington before 1,376 fans at the Husky Soccer Field on Sunday. UCLA, which gave up just one goal in nine conference matches this season, ends the regular season 16-1-2 overall and 9-0 in the Pac-10. Washington ends the year 5-13-1 overall and 2-6-1 in league play.
All three of UCLA's goals came in the first half, as Adams put the Bruins up 2-0 less than 11 minutes into the match. She struck her first goal at the 2:33 mark, taking a pass from Cheney before sending in a 15-yard shot past Washington goalkeeper Lizzy Showman. Adams would beat Showman again for her 11th goal of the season at the 10:56 mark, this time on a 12-yard shot off a pass from junior Christina DiMartino.
Cheney scored UCLA's third and final goal of the match on an unassisted strike in the 18th minute, as she dribbled down the left side of the field, cut towards the goal and unleashed a 15-yarder into the back of the net. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Cheney was ejected moments later after an altercation following a foul from Husky sophomore Nikki Murray.
Forced to play a man down for the remaining 72 minutes, the Bruins' defense came through, holding Washington scoreless for UCLA's 11th shutout of the year. UCLA's defense ended the Pac-10 season posting eight shutouts in 10 conference matches, as the Bruins outscored league competition 21-1 this year. The Bruins become the first school since Stanford in 2002 to finish the conference season undefeated.
UCLA, which clinched the school's fifth straight Pac-10 title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament following a 2-0 victory over Washington State on Friday, will find out its postseason opponents tomorrow, as the 64-team NCAA Tournament draw is announced live on ESPNews sometime between 5:00-5:30 p.m. (PST).