Feb. 21, 2003
In a hard fought battle between the two cross-town rivals, the Bruins were unable to come out on top against the Women of Troy. In UCLA's home opener, the Bruins opened the game with two quick goals, but saw their lead evaporate in the second quarter and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game.
Robin Beauregard put the Bruins on the board first with a penalty shot with 4:56 remaining in the first quarter. Freshman Kelly Rulon then added another goal to make the score 2-0 in favor of UCLA going into the final minute of the first quarter. With twenty-eight seconds left USC answered back to get within one. In the second quarter USC scored twice to make the score 3-2 before another Beauregard goal tied it at 3-3. However, USC would again score with less than a minute remaining to take a 4-3 lead at half. After USC scored early in the third quarter, a Jessica Lopez goal brought the Bruins to within one at 5-4, but USC again countered the Bruins' efforts with two more goals of their own to make it 7-4 heading into the final period. Though goals from Natalie Golda and Lopez in the fourth would get the Bruins to within striking distance, it wouldn't be enough as USC was able to hold off UCLA for the 8-6 victory.
Beauregard and Lopez lead the Bruin scoring effort with two goals each. Rulon and Golda both scored once. Mariah Van Norman led the Trojans with three goals. Sofia Konoukh and Katrin Dierolf each scored twice and Eszter Gyori added one goal.
The Bruins continue their two game homestand tomorrow, February 22 at 1:00 PM vs. No. 9 Hawaii in an MPSF match. This will be the second time the Bruins face the Rainbow Wahine. In the teams first meeting at the Stanford Invitational, UCLA defeated Hawaii 7-3 behind a hat trick from junior Natalie Golda.
UCLA vs. USC - 2/21/03
Saves: UCLA - Jaime Hipp 3; USC - Kelly Graff 7