Nov. 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team moved into the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th year in a row on Sunday, as the Bruins registered a 5-0 victory over San Diego State in a second-round match at Drake Stadium. UCLA (19-2-1) moves on to host Virginia (10-5-6) next Friday at 7:00 p.m., with the winner of that match advancing to the quarterfinals.
UCLA scored another sub-10-minute goal on Sunday, its ninth of the season, when midfielder Kylie Wright gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead by unleashing a 25-yard shot past SDSU goalkeeper Aubree Southwick at the 8:16 mark.
UCLA punched in two more before the half on strikes Lauren Cheney and Sydney Leroux. Cheney's goal, at the 18:41 mark, came when Jenna Belcher lofted a perfect ball into the box. Cheney chested it down and quickly blasted a right-footed shot to the left corner. Cheney, who finished with a goal and an assist on the day, moved within one point of Traci Arkenberg's UCLA career scoring record of 169 points, as she now has 168 points on 69 goals and 30 assists.
Leroux then gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead in the 30th minute when a poor SDSU clearance bounced right to her feet. She took a touch before sending it right back in, scoring from around the top of the box. Leroux now has six goals in two tournament games, putting her just one behind Kara Lang's single-season tournament record of seven set back in 2005. Leroux is also tied with Notre Dame's Melissa Henderson for the 2009 tournament lead.
Following a 3-0 Bruin lead at the half, defender Dea Cook scored the Bruins' fourth goal of the day on a play that started when she made a run down the left side of the field to eventually earn the team a corner kick. Belcher sent the corner right to Cook, who headed it in for her first goal of the year at the 53:41 mark.
UCLA's fifth and final goal came in the 59th minute when Cheney found herself unmarked on the right side. With no defenders between Cheney and the goal, Southwick was forced to come out and Challenge on the play. Cheney quickly slid the ball across to a wide-open Leroux, who finished easily from close range.
UCLA owns a 3-1-1 all-time record against Virginia. The Bruins have won both postseason meetings between the two teams, taking a 5-0 win in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2005, and a 2-1 overtime victory in the 2007 round of 16.