Nov. 5, 2006
Corvallis, Ore. - The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team captured its fourth-straight Pac-10 title on Sunday, posting a 4-0 victory over Oregon State in the regular-season finale for both teams at OSU's Paul Lorenz Field. The Bruins, 17-3 overall and 8-1 in the Pac-10, become the first team in the conference to win four-consecutive titles. With the loss, Oregon State ends its season 8-10-2 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10.
UCLA struck first in just the 12th minute of the match, as freshman Lauren Cheney got through on a breakaway. Her first shot attempt was stopped by OSU senior goalkeeper Melissa Onstad, but Cheney was first to the rebound and knocked it home. It marked Cheney's team-leading 15th goal of the season.
Then, in the 44th minute, Christina DiMartino beat two OSU defenders on the endline before centering the ball to a wide-open Blake Zerboni, who tapped it in from about six yards out. It was Zerboni's first goal of the season.
OSU's best chance for a goal came in the final seconds of the first half. With about 20 seconds to play on a Beaver corner kick, junior defender Monica Storm got up and put a well-struck header on goal, but UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson made a leaping one-handed save to push the ball over the crossbar.
The Bruins made it 3-0 in the 57th minute, as Lauren Switzer sent in a corner kick from the left side that was flicked on by Danesha Adams in front of the goal. The ball went to Bristyn Davis, who kicked it home from about 10 yards away on the right side of the box.
The scoring was capped by in the 72nd minute by Bruin junior Stephanie Kron, who perfectly curled in an untouched corner kick from the right side, giving the Bruins a 4-0 advantage.
It was raining in Corvallis for the fifth straight day prior to the game, though it stopped before the start of the contest. The rain, however, returned during the second half.
UCLA, which earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Pac-10, now awaits the announcement of the 64-team draw on Monday. It will be announced live on ESPNews sometime between Noon and 1:00 p.m.