Nov. 23, 2012
Stanford, Calif. - The third-seeded UCLA women's soccer team lost to top-seeded Stanford, 2-1, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday evening at Stanford's Cagan Stadium.
Lo'eau LaBonta scored twice for the Cardinal in the second half, who overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to win its 19th straight and advance to the College Cup.
The Bruins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the eighth minute on a long-range goal from Samantha Mewis. Mewis took a pass from Sarah Killion and fired to the lower right corner for her third goal of the season.
By controlling possession for most of the half, the Bruins allowed very few chances by Stanford. The few opportunities they had were poked away by the Bruin defenders or nabbed by UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland.
Stanford came out swinging in the second half, however, and tied up the game in the 55th minute on goal by Lo'eau LaBonta after a corner kick. The Cardinal used the same formula to score the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute, with LaBonta again scoring after a corner kick.
The Bruins fought hard to equalize and had a few chances in the final 15 minutes. Zakiya Bywaters was stopped by Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver on a shot with 13 to play, then Luretia Lee had a header in the box after a free kick that Oliver grabbed. With 11 left on the clock, Caprice Dydasco missed a sharp-angled shot, and then Mewis was blocked on a shot in the box.
"Overall, I was extremely proud of how our girls competed," said UCLA head coach B.J. Snow. "One bounce here, one bounce there, you never know how the game is going to end up. And for the most part, I thought it was an entertaining game for the fans. It was a great spectacle for the sport. There was some real quality soccer being played both ways. But it hurts; it hurts a lot, especially for our three seniors. All three of them competed very well today. We wanted to do it for them, and that's the part that hurts the most; that we got so close and performed so well but we just couldn't finish it off."
UCLA's season ends with an 18-3-2 record, while Stanford improves to 20-1-1.