Oct. 2, 2009
Malibu, Calif. - The third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team registered yet another shutout on Friday, as the Bruins posted a 2-0 victory over Pepperdine at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
The loss dropped the Waves' record to 6-4, snapping a six-match home winning streak that dated back to last season. The Bruins won their ninth straight and improved to 9-1-1.
UCLA first scored on a Sydney Leroux penalty kick in the seventh minute and again in the closing seconds after Chelsea Cline found enough space atop the 18-yard box to send in her first score of the year.
Leroux, the Bruins' leader with 11 goals, earned the penalty kick attempt following a foul called on Pepperdine's freshman goalkeeper Roxanne Barker, who ran off the line in an attempt to stop Leroux's breakaway attempt. The referee immediately blew the whistle and the Bruins had their lead a few seconds later.
UCLA also had a shot blocked by the post and defender Kelsea Smith was credited with a team save after kicking back Ahsha Smith's shot taken from the end line.
Pepperdine's offense, which was prevented from taking a shot in the first half, entered the second half with a bit more energy and finished the match with six shots. Unfortunately, UCLA goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford remained on her 'A' game as she has all season long, saving three shots including Kelly Reilly's potential game-tying penalty kick in the 64th minute.
Reilly ripped a shot headed for the top drawer, but Sandiford dove right to the exact spot, placed both her mitts behind the ball and sent it over the net.
Friday marked the last non-conference match of the season for UCLA. Next up is a conference meeting with Arizona at Drake Stadium next Friday. Game time is 7:00 p.m.