Oct. 6, 2006
LOS ANGELES - After getting down early, the fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team exploded for four unanswered goals to post a 4-1 victory over 10th-ranked Cal in the Pac-10 opener for both teams Friday evening at Drake Stadium. The Bruins, winners of four straight, including 10 of its last 11, improve to 10-2 overall. The Golden Bears fall to 7-2-2 with the loss.
Cal, which owned a three-game winning streak heading into Friday's match, got on the board early, as forward Katie Ratican knocked in a pass from teammate Stephanie Wieger in just the second minute of the match.
UCLA was not rattled, however, as the Bruins tied the match in the 13th minute on a goal by freshman defender Lydia Cook. After receiving a free kick deep in Cal territory, freshman Lauren Switzer sent a bending ball into the box that Cook one-timed with the back of her heel into the corner of the goal.
UCLA would score once more before the half, as junior Danesha Adams recorded her fourth goal of the season in the 40th minute. Defender Lauren Wilmoth lofted a 30-yard ball up to Adams, who let it bounce over her defender before burying it into the back of the net.
Up 2-1 at the half, the Bruins came out firing again in the second half, as freshman Lauren Cheney sent in her team-leading ninth goal of the season just two and a half minutes after play resumed. Christina DiMartino hit a shot directly at Cal goalkeeper Anna Key, who was unable to catch the ball, dropping it at her feet. Cheney took advantage of the miscue, punching it in from about three yards out.
The game was put out of reach in the 82nd minute, as Cheney and DiMartino hooked up again to give the Bruins an insurmountable 4-1 advantage. This time DiMartino sent in a perfect through ball to Cheney, who ran onto it before striking a right-footed shot past Key for her second goal of the evening.
Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson got the victory, making a match-high five saves in the process. Key made three saves in the losing effort. UCLA outshot Cal 16-8 on the night.
Friday night's match will air on several Fox Sports Net affiliates throughout the country beginning next week. Check your local listings for times in your area.
UCLA will be in action again on Sunday, hosting Stanford at Drake Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.