Nov. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Forward Sydney Leroux tied the school record for goals in a match on Friday evening, as she found the back of the net four times to help the top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team to a dominating 7-1 victory over Boise State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium. With the win, the Bruins (18-2-1) move on to the second round and will meet San Diego State (15-3-5) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Aztecs defeated rival San Diego, 1-0 on Friday.
Leroux, who missed all of last year's NCAA Tournament while playing for the U.S. at the Under-20 World Championships in Chile, becomes just the fourth player in school history to score four goals in a single game, joining Traci Arkenberg, Danesha Adams and Lauren Cheney. Adams was the only other player to do it in postseason play, scoring four times in a 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Virginia back in 2005.
The Bruins actually trailed early in Friday's match, as Boise State (13-7-4) took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when Maureen Fitzgerald scored from the top of the box off of a pass from Shannon Saxton.
Six minutes later the Bruins evened things up, eventually running off a string of seven unanswered goals.
Leroux tied the match in the 13th minute and then gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead just two minutes later. Her first goal game when Chelsea Cline played a through ball to Cheney who was making a run down the right side of the field. Cheney then crossed a perfect pass to Leroux, who one-timed it into the back of the net. Leroux and Cheney hooked up again on the Bruins' next goal, as Cheney passed a ball back to Leroux, who scored from near the top of the box.
Cheney then scored one of her own to give UCLA a 3-1 lead heading into the half, as she scored on a close-range shot off of a cross from Cline. Lauren Wilmoth was also credited with an assist on that goal.
UCLA ran away with it in the second-half, getting two more from Leroux (47:17, 51:31), one from Cheney (59:14) and another by Liz Zadro (86:24) for the eventual 7-1 victory.
Friday's' win marks the Bruins' largest margin of victory in the NCAA Tournament since a 9-0 win over Mississippi Valley State in the 2005 first round.
UCLA outshot Boise State, 24-3 on the evening.
With six points on the night, Cheney continues to move closer to Arkenberg's career school records for both points (169) and goals (71). Cheney has 165 points and 68 goals.