Oct. 7, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team rounded out the non-conference part of its schedule on Sunday, posting an impressive 4-1 victory over No. 5 Santa Clara before 1,248 fans at Drake Stadium. The Bruins, who improve to 7-1-2 overall, exacted some revenge after falling to the Broncos, 3-0 on the road last season. Santa Clara, which played to a scoreless draw against Stanford on Friday, falls to 7-2-2 on the year.
Santa Clara actually owned the lead in the match, as Brittany Klein's goal in the 22nd minute put the Broncos ahead 1-0. After receiving a ball from Kendra Perry, Klein, with her back to the goal, spun and chipped a ball over the head of Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson.
The Broncos didn't own the lead for long, however, as sophomore Lauren Cheney put in her team-leading 10th goal of the season at the 28:21 mark on a low-lined shot from the left side to the far post. Cheney would notch her 11th goal of the year a little more than four minutes later, as she tapped in a close-range shot off a cross from Lauren Wilmoth. Caitlyn Mac Kechnie was also credited with an assist on that play.
The Bruins owned a 2-1 lead at the half, but would end up tacking on two more goals after the intermission. Junior Christina DiMartino gave UCLA a 3-1 lead at the 57:21 mark, as she found the back of the net off a ball that was initially saved by Bronco keeper Meagan McCray. Mac Kechnie had the first shot, but the ball was punched back out to DiMartino, who sent it in from about five yards out.
Mac Kechnie capped the scoring for the Bruins in the 76th minute on a play that appeared to catch the Santa Clara defense off guard. A poor clearance by the Bronco defense resulted in the ball being sent out to Mac Kechnie, who was standing at the top right corner of the box. She trapped the ball before taking a quick shot to the far post, as McCray and several Bronco defenders failed to react to it.
UCLA, which owned a 23-4 advantage in the final shot count, has outscored its last four opponents 17-3. Henderson played the full 90 minutes in goal, making two saves. With her two goals on Sunday, Cheney now has a team-leading 26 points (11g, 4a). Senior Danesha Adams came very close to scoring on several opportunities, as she had two goals on headers called back on offside calls, and another shot saved off the line by a Bronco defender late in the match.
UCLA opens up the Pac-10 season at home next week, hosting Oregon State on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and Oregon on Sunday at Noon. Sunday's match will be aired on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net.