March 31, 2006
Honolulu, HI - The third-ranked UCLA Bruins edged No. 5 Hawai`i, 6-4, with two fourth quarter goals by Kelly Rulon in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
UCLA improved to 21-2 and 8-0, while Hawai`i fell to 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the MPSF.
UCLA's Jillian Kraus scored the first goal with a shot at the 5:05 mark. Hawai`iresponded at 3:47 on Iefke Van Belkum's goal to tie it at one. The Rainbow Wahine then took their first and only lead of the match as Amy Logan got free on a fast break and lobbed it in over the outstretched arms of UCLA goalie Emily Feher to go up, 2-1.
Bruin Courtney Mathewson netted the only goal in the low scoring second quarter at the 5:28 mark as both UCLA coach Adam Krikorian and UH skipper Michel Roy received yellow cards within 30 seconds on one another.
UCLA came out strong in the third quarter, scoring the first two goals within 31 seconds of each other as Kacy Kunkel and Monique Blanchard found the back of the net. Rainbow Wahine freshman Kelly Mason fired in a shot with 2:51 left in to pull UH within a goal. Roy received a red card at the 3:34 mark.
In the fourth quarter, UH's Van Belkum scored her second goal at 5:55 to tie the score at four, but UCLA's Rulon got loose at the 4:30 and 2:21 marks to cap the scoring and give UCLA a 6-4 victory.
UCLA's next exciting game is an MPSF match at No. 1 USC on Friday, April 8.
UCLA vs. Hawaii
UCLA Goals: Kelly Rulon 2, Courtney Mathewson, Jillian Kraus, Kacy Kunkel, Monique Blanchard
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 9
Hawaii Goals: Iefke Van Belkum 2, Kelly Mason, Amy Logan
Hawaii Saves: Meike De Nooy 13