Nov. 7, 2008
Corvallis, Ore. -The UCLA women's soccer team secured an unprecedented sixth straight Pac-10 Championship on Friday evening, posting a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Oregon State at Paul Lorenz Field. With the win, the Bruins (17-0-2; 8-0 Pac-10) lock up the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and are now just one win away from recording the school's second straight undefeated conference season.
"Winning the conference is always one of our goals at the beginning of the season so I'm extremely happy for our players right now," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis, who has now guided the Bruins to seven total league titles in her 10-years in Westwood. "To do it without losing a game in an extremely competitive conference like the Pac-10 is a fantastic achievement and a real testament to the players and staff. I'd like to especially congratulate our seniors who have been able to win the Pac-10 every year of their careers."
Both teams played scoreless soccer for much of the match until UCLA's McCall Zerboni put the Bruins ahead 1-0 in the 78th minute. Zerboni scored her third goal of the season on a 35-yard shot that bounced off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal.
Oregon State would get the equalizer with a little more than two minutes remaining however, as the Beavers were awarded a direct free kick outside the Bruin box. Courtney Wetzel took the shot, converting her first goal of the year from about 30 yards out. It was just the fourth goal given up by UCLA this season.
Following a scoreless first overtime period, Bruin defender Catherine Calvert notched the golden goal for UCLA in the 104th minute on a shot from about seven yards out. After receiving a pass from defender Lauren Barnes, forward Lauren Cheney got endline before crossing a ball to Calvert, who then volleyed the cross in past OSU goalkeeper Colleen Boyd.
UCLA captured its ninth overall Pac-10 title on Friday, more than any other conference school. In addition to the last six, the Bruins have also won titles in 1997, 1998 and 2001. Stanford, chosen by Pac-10 coaches to win the conference at the beginning of the year, ranks No. 2 with five total titles.
UCLA rounds out the regular season on Sunday, facing Oregon in Eugene at 11:00 a.m.