Sept. 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The No. 4 UCLA women's soccer team turned in its second dominating offensive performance of the weekend on Sunday, scoring five unanswered goals in a 5-0 victory over Missouri at the UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium. The Bruins, who have won six straight, improve to 6-1-1 on the year. The Tigers, who also lost to LMU, 1-0 in their opening match on Friday, move to 4-4-1 overall.
"I thought we played a fantastic match," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "We scored some world class goals out there and I definitely think we hit our stride offensively these last two matches."
UCLA got on the scoreboard early Sunday, as sophomore Sydney Leroux scored just a minute and 17 seconds into the match. After receiving a pass from freshman Zakiya Bywaters near the penalty strike, Leroux managed to spin away from her defender and finish with a left-footed shot from six yards out.
The Bruin scoring was far from being done, as UCLA tacked on two more goals before the 15 minute mark on strikes from Kara Lang and Kristina Larsen. Lang scored on a header off of a corner kick from Lauren Barnes. Larsen's goal also came following a corner kick, as Jenna Belcher hit a ball into the box that was initially cleared by a Missouri defender. The ball, however, went right to Kylie Wright, who sent it back to Belcher in the corner. She crossed it back in, this time finding Larsen's feet, who one-timed it past Tiger goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore.
UCLA's final goal of the half came at the 31:51 mark, as Wright scored her first goal of the year off of a failed Missouri clearance. She collected the ball and finished it off from about 22 yards out.
In the 55th minute, Larsen was brought down on a hard foul by Missouri midfielder Krista Kruse, who received a yellow card on the play. The play was right in front of both benches, and Ellis stepped onto the field. She received a red card for entering the field of play.
"Unfortunately, my emotional response to protect my player from a hard foul overtook my common sense," said Ellis on the play. "With that being said, the safety of my players is my number one priority. It was an incredibly physical match and I just let my emotions get the best of me on that particular play."
Leroux also received a red card five minutes later following an altercation with a Tiger player in the Missouri box. Both players were looking to establish positioning while waiting for a UCLA corner kick. Lauren Cheney actually scored on a header off the corner, however it was called back as a result of the card.
UCLA's final goal of the afternoon came off of a throw-in, as Barnes threw the ball in to Larsen, who dribbled past several Missouri defenders, eventually scoring on a right-footed shot to the right corner from about nine yards out.
The Bruins outshot the Tigers, 17-12 on the afternoon. UCLA has outscored its opponents 22-2 in its last six matches.
UCLA resumes play next week, traveling to Cal State Northridge on Friday, and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.