Sept. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES - After being held scoreless for most of the first half, the fifth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team exploded for three goals in a span of five minutes, registering a 3-0 victory over San Diego at Drake Stadium on Friday evening. The Bruins, who remain undefeated at home this season at 7-0, improve to 8-2 overall. San Diego drops its record to 7-4 overall.
Freshman forward Lauren Cheney registered her team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season Friday, scoring twice in a matter of minutes. She broke a scoreless tie in the 32nd minute, putting away an eight-yard shot off a ball played into the box by sophomore Catherine Calvert. Cheney scored again less than two minutes later when she unleashed a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the goal, tucking it just past the outstretched hands of San Diego goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. Cheney has had two-consecutive multiple-goal games after scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Pepperdine last week.
A little more than two minutes after Cheney's second goal, midfielder Christina DiMartino put the Bruins ahead 3-0, as she lofted in a close-range shot over Cameron into the top of the net. Caitlin Mac Kechnie was credited with the assist.
Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson played the first 80 minutes in goal, registering two saves. Ashley Thompson came in to play the final 10 minutes. Cameron, who was replaced by Karen Cook for the second half, finished with a match-high six saves.
Friday marked UCLA's 10th win in a row over San Diego. The Bruins, who own a 13-1-2 advantage in the all-time series, are unbeaten in the last 15 matches between the two teams. The Toreros only win came in the first-ever meeting between the two teams back in 1993.
UCLA was without the services of junior Danesha Adams, who is currently in camp with the U.S. Women's National Team in Carson, Calif. She was announced as one of the 18-players who made the roster and is expected to see at least some action against Chinese Taipei on Sunday.
The Bruins will also be in action on Sunday, hosting Gonzaga at Noon. That match will be followed by the UCLA men versus Oregon State at 2:30 p.m.