Sept. 16, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Third-ranked UCLA's offense exploded for 11 goals this weekend, and 18th-ranked Pepperdine was on the receiving end of four Bruin scores in a 4-0 shutout victory Sunday night at Drake Stadium.
Senior Zakiya Bywaters scored in the first 10 minutes of each half for her team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the year, while freshman Taylor Smith recorded her third goal of the weekend, and sophomore Ally Courtnall earned her second of the year.
Not to be outdone, the Bruin defense and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland stepped up to record their sixth shutout in eight games. Rowland, who has kept a clean sheet all season, matched her career-high with six saves on 11 Pepperdine shots. Waves goalkeeper Roxanne Barker made four saves on 12 UCLA shots.
Bywaters got the scoring started early, at 10:44, scoring far post after receiving a cross from Caprice Dydasco. Rowland kept the Waves at bay, making a diving stop on a good strike from Ana Pontes in the 36th minute.
Smith picked up her third goal of the weekend less than three minutes into the second half, scoring near post from the right side off a Chelsea Stewart cross at 47:22. Seconds later, Pepperdine nearly cut the lead in half on a shot by Lynn Williams, but Rowland was there to make the save. Rowland stopped Williams once again in the 52nd minute after Williams made a steal in the back, and Bywaters put the game away a minute later with a header past Barker off a Stewart cross at 52:34. Courtnall ended the scoring with a breakaway chip over Barker at 76:28.
"The biggest thing for me was just continuing to see the development of our girls in the things we've been working on in practice," said UCLA head coach B.J. Snow. "With the 11 goals scored on the weekend, the emphasis has been on the execution of creating and finishing our opportunities, and that was much better this weekend, and that's the name of the game. I was very happy with both of those."
With the win, UCLA improves to 7-0-1 and increases its unbeaten streak to 16 games. Pepperdine drops to 6-3-0.
The Bruins begin Pac-12 play on Thursday, Sept. 20 against Washington State at home in another game televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Kickoff is at 7 pm.