Aug. 28, 2005
San Diego, Calif. - Bruin freshman soccer player Kara Lang proved worthy of her preseason All-America recognition Sunday evening, as she tallied a hat trick in No. 3 UCLA's 4-1 victory over San Diego in front of 2,237 at Torero Stadium.
Lang, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation this year, got things started for UCLA at the 13-minute mark on a 30-yard free kick that deflected off a USD defender. Bruin freshman midfielder Christina DiMartino followed that up with her first collegiate goal in the 22nd minute, giving UCLA a 2-0 advantage. The assist on that goal was credited to another freshman McCall Zerboni.
Just when it looked like UCLA was going to continue its dominance, the Toreros struck with a goal of their own in the 37th minute. Amy Epsten notched a 10-yard shot that got past Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson, cutting the lead in half.
Although the Toreros mounted a comeback, Lang took control of the game from there, scoring two more second-half goals. She tallied her first goal of the second half at the 41:37 mark with the assist going to Stacy Lindstrom. Her second came late in the game (85:43) on an assist from Iris Mora.
UCLA dominated the final statistics, owning a 15-4 advantage in the total shot count, while the Bruin defense held USD to just one shot on goal.
Lang becomes the 13th player in UCLA history to register a hat trick. Bristyn Davis was the last player to have one, scoring three goals in the Bruins' 5-1 victory over Washington last season. Iris Mora was also the last freshman to have one, doing it back in 2002.
The Bruins head to Coral Gables, Fla. next week for the Miami Tournament, hosted by the University of Miami. UCLA opens up play on Friday against No. 21 Princeton in a rematch of last year's NCAA Semifinals. The Bruins will face Florida Atlantic on Sunday.