Oct. 28, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team survived one of its toughest tests of the season Friday evening, posting a 2-0 victory over No. 9 Cal at Edwards Stadium to remain unbeaten in the Pac-10. The Bruins, who now stand alone at the top of the Pac-10 standings, move to 15-1-1 and 5-0-1 in the conference. Cal drops to 11-3-2 and 4-1-1 in the Pac-10.
Entering the game, Cal ranked No. 2 in the nation in goals against average at 0.309, and UCLA was fifth at 0.365. Today's game snapped a streak of six straight Bears' shutouts.
Cal outshot UCLA, 5-2, in the first half and 8-7 overall in the game. In the final 11 minutes of the first half, Bears reserve forwards Bri Wiles and Valerie Barnes each forced UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson to post saves on their shot attempts.
UCLA went ahead, 1-0, in the 56th minute when a Cal defender headed a long cross from the Bruins' Mary Castelanelli into the Bears' net.
Cal, which has scored several goals on corner kicks over the last few games, earned its first corner kick of today's game with under nine minutes left in the contest. Junior forward Katie Ratican delivered a quality service off the corner, but Henderson secured the save on junior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami's header. That was arguably Cal's best chance to score in the second half.
The Bears were forced to push more players forward in the final 10 minutes of the game in an attempt to tie the game. In the 84th minute, UCLA midfielder Danesha Adams capitalized on the Bears defense being out of position with her team-best 14th goal of the season.
UCLA travels to Stanford on Sunday, taking on the Cardinal at 1:00 p.m.