Oct. 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior forward Sydney Leroux notched her third career hat trick on Friday evening, leading the No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team to a 6-1 victory over Arizona in a Pac-12 showdown at Drake Stadium. The Bruins, winners of seven in a row over the Wildcats, improve to 11-1-3 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play. Arizona sees its record fall to 1-12-2 overall and 1-5-1 in the Pac-12.
UCLA actually scored four of its six goals in the first 21 minutes of play, moving out to a 1-0 lead when Zakiya Bywaters scored on a breakaway at the 7:22 mark. Leroux then went on a scoring frenzy, putting in the first of her three goals in the 10th minute when she received a pass from Jenna Richmond and scored to the far post. Leroux scored her second goal less than three minutes later, this time taking a back pass from Sam Mewis near the top of the box and scoring again to the far post. Mewis would set up Leroux's third goal as well, as she stole the ball deep in Arizona territory and sent a ball into the box to a waiting Leroux, who beat Arizona goalkeeper Ashley Jett for the third time.
The lone bright spot on the night for Arizona came in the 35th minute when Jazmin Ponce scored her first goal of the season on a 30-yard free kick.
UCLA owned a 4-1 lead for much of the match until a pair of Bruin freshmen capped the scoring for UCLA in the final 10 minutes of play. Ally Courtnall scored her fourth career goal on a through ball in the 82nd minute, while Kylie McCarthy scored after one-timing a Chelsea Cline pass in the 89th minute.
The Bruins outshot the Wildcats, 24-2 on the evening. Freshman Katelyn Rowland played the first 45 minutes in goal before being relieved by Alana Munger. A total of 22 UCLA players saw action on Friday. The Bruins' six goals on the night mark the team's highest offensive output of the season.
UCLA continues Pac-12 play at home on Sunday, hosting Arizona State at 1:00 p.m.