Oct. 21, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Third-ranked UCLA scored two second-half goals to claim a 2-0 victory over Utah on Sunday in front of 1,661 fans at Drake Stadium. Senior Chelsea Cline had the game-winner in the 78th minute, and sophomore Rosie White added an insurance goal in the 86th as the Bruins won their seventh-straight.
The Bruins peppered Utah with shots the entire contest, outshooting the Utes, 22-2. UCLA had a goal by Ally Courtnall disallowed in the 26th minute due to an offsides violation, and less than a minute later, Courtnall had another opportunity that missed just wide right. A minute after that, Utah goalkeeper Lindsay Luke made a save on a Taylor Smith shot. Cline had an opportunity in the 40th minute as well, putting a good shot on target, but Luke was there to make one of her eight saves in the game.
UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland had just one save, but it was a beauty. With 2:30 left in the first half, Utah's Monica Okapal hit a rocket that Rowland leaped up to bat over the crossbar, keeping the score 0-0 at the half.
The Bruins maintained their aggressive play offensively in the second half, wasting no time in moving the ball forward. Utah did well to keep UCLA off the board, with Luke making a diving grab on a hard shot on frame by Courtnall in the 60th minute. Zakiya Bywaters was a handful for the Utes, but they were able to make a defensive stop with a block in front of the box in the 68th minute and a diving save by Luke on a shot in the 73rd minute.
Cline gave UCLA the lead at 77:08, receiving a perfect pass from Courtnall up the middle. With space on the right, Cline made a run and scored far post for her second goal of the year. She nearly scored again in the 83rd minute with a rocket of a shot that Luke leaped up to save.
Luke was unable, however, to save White's shot at 85:00. Abby Dahlkemper sent in a pass to White, who fired a 25-yard shot that bounced off the crossbar and into the goal for her fifth score of the season.
"Utah is a really difficult team to break down," said UCLA head coach B.J. Snow. "We created a lot of chances. We had the one that was a little bit unlucky, a little bit offsides in the first half. But we were creating chances, and sometimes girls can get frustrated when we're creating a lot of chances and having a lot of the ball and things are not going in. So I was really happy with our performance in the second half that we never got impatient."
With the victory, UCLA improves to 14-0-2, 7-0-1 in Pac-12 play. Utah falls to 8-6-2, 3-5-0 in the Pac-12. The Bruins have won seven straight and are unbeaten in their last 24 matches.