Oct. 22, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Bruin forward Bristyn Davis broke a scoreless tie with less than five minutes to play Friday, helping the No. 7-ranked UCLA women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 18 Stanford in a Pac-10 match at UCLA's Drake Stadium. With the victory, UCLA improves its record to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Cardinal fall to 9-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Pac-10.
Davis, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 27 points, scored her 11th goal of the season at the 85:23 mark of the second half. Senior Lindsay Greco chipped a ball into the Stanford box finding Davis, who was able to trap it and unleash a left-footed shot from about six yards out.
Davis' goal one of many scoring opportunities for the Bruins on the evening, as UCLA outshot the Cardinal 19-1. Prior to her goal, she had an excellent scoring opportunity in the 62nd minute when Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart came off her line to contest a ball at the top of the box. With Barnhart rushing to get back into position, Davis chipped a ball that bounced off both the crossbar and post before being cleared by a defender. Freshman Danesha Adams also had an excellent scoring chance late in the second half on a 35-yard blast that was narrowly tipped over the crossbar by Barnhart.
"I really though we played well and deserved this result," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "This was a big win because Stanford always seems to play us extremely tough. Nicole Barnhart is a tremendous goalkeeper and we were fortunate to slip one by her tonight."
Barnhart had to leave the match in the 89th minute after a hard collision with a Stanford defender. She ended the match with 10 saves. Erica Holland came in and finished the match for Stanford. Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson picked up her 11th win of the season.
UCLA, which now leads the all-time series with Stanford 5-4-2, has an excellent shot at defending its 2003 Pac-10 title. At 4-1, the Bruins are in first place in the conference with just four matches remaining. UCLA was picked to win the Pac-10 in a vote by conference coaches prior to the season.
The Bruins round out the weekend by hosting Cal on Sunday beginning at Noon.