March 5, 2005
The No. 1 UCLA women defeated No. 2 USC, 11-6 in their third home game of the season. There was a huge fan turnout with standing room only after the start of the game. This is the Bruins' third victory over the Trojans and the second win over them within the last week. UCLA still has never trailed at the end of a quarter and has outscored their opponents 54-12 in the first quarter. USC is now 11-3, 3-1 in the MPSF, and UCLA is 15-0 and 3-0 in MPSF conference play.
The Trojans opened the game strong with two goals within the first three minutes. Eszter Gyori and Erika Figge were the first scorers for USC. UCLA was not disheartened and responded with five consecutive goals to take a halftime lead of 5-2. At the beginning of the second half, USC tried to come back. Within the first minute, Moriah Van Norman tossed in a goal to make the score 5-3. Scoring went back and fourth throughout the second half, but UCLA was able to keep USC from getting back in the game. At about the five minute mark of the third quarter, the score was 6-4, the closest it would be for the rest of the game. Jillian Kraus and Kelly Rulon scored within 30 seconds of each other to pull away with an 8-4 lead. At 4:07, Jovan Vavic, received a yellow card for yelling at the officials. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 9-5. The fourth quarter began with two quick 4-meter penalty plays, one for UCLA and one for USC. Both ended up in scores for each team. The game ended with another UCLA victory final score of 11-6.
The game was very physical, mostly on UCLA's side. For the game, there were 14 ejections for UCLA and four for USC. Lauren Heineck made key defensive plays for the Bruins throughout the game to prevent Trojan scoring opportunities. UCLA's outside shooting percentage was very high and the team depended little on 6-5 advantages.
Gabrielle Domanic and Rulon led Bruins scorers with three goals each. Golda had two goals. Molly Cahill, Jillian Kraus, and Kristina Kunkel scored one each. UCLA goalkeeper Feher had 8 saves. For the Trojans, Gyori and Van Norman led the team with two goals each. Anna Pardo and Figge each had one. USC goalkeeper Sarah Mix had five saves. UCLA returns to action at home on Wednesday, March 9th. They will face No. 19 Cal State Northridge, which has a record of 6-5.
UCLA vs. USC 3/5/05
UCLA Goals: Gabrielle Domanic 3, Kelly Rulon 3, Natalie Golda 2, Molly Cahill, Kristina Kunkel, Jillian Kraus
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 8
USC Goals: Eszter Gyori 2, Moriah Van Norman 2, Anna Pardo, Erika Figge
USC Saves: Sarah Mix 5