April 20, 2005
In the Bruins last regular season game, the No. 1 UCLA women defeated No. 5 Long Beach State, 12-7, in an MPSF conference matchup. The Bruins are now 24-0 all-time against the 49ers. UCLA still has never trailed at the end of a quarter and has outscored their opponents 95-20 in the first quarter. Long Beach State is now 19-6, 8-3 in the MPSF, and UCLA is 27-0 and 12-0 in MPSF conference play. This is the fourth time that UCLA has been undefeated in the MPSF. Senior Natalie Golda and Junior Nicolette Grams played in their last home game of their UCLA career and were honored before the game.
The first quarter was a tight, defensive struggle. Gabrielle Domanic scored the first goal of the game at 5:51 to give the Bruins a 1-0 edge. UCLA was called for a number of offensive violations, which gave Long Beach scoring opportunities. Robyn Gordin capitalized with two minutes left in the first making, the score 1-1. The Bruins came out strong in the second quarter with a goal from Kelly Rulon after 32 seconds of play. The 49ers though, turned up their intensity and scored two goals in a row, taking a 3-2 lead. UCLA has rarely trailed in any game this season. With 3:43 left in the second quarter and facing a 4-3 deficit, the Bruin offense took over. They scored four more goals in a row to end the first half leading 7-4.
UCLA did not give the 49ers a chance to make a comeback in the second half. Molly Cahill scored after 19 seconds of play in the third quarter. Rulon and Domanic scored again to give them a comfortable, 10-4 advantage. Scoring went back and forth through the fourth quarter, but UCLA held off their strong opponents. It was a highly offensive battle. For the game, Long Beach had 24 shots on goal and UCLA attempted 28 shots. There were eight ejections on Long Beach and six against UCLA.
Domanic was the leading scorer for the Bruins with four goals. Rulon added three. Natalie Golda and Cahill each scored twice. Thalia Munro had one goal. UCLA goalkeeper Emily Feher had nine saves. For the 49ers, Gordin and Drue Wawrzynski had two goals. Jessica Levin, Cassie Azevedo, and Alison Braden scored once. Long Beach goalkeeper Bri Hawkins had ten saves.
UCLA's next game will be in the upcoming MPSF Championships. If UCLA wins the MPSFs they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. If not, the Bruins will likely receive an at large bid.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State 4/20/05
UCLA Goals: Gabrielle Domanic 4, Kelly Rulon 3, Molly Cahill 2, Natalie Golda 2, Thalia Munro
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 9,
LBSU Goals: Robyn Gordin 2, Drue Wawrzynski 2, Jessica Levin, Cassie Azevedo, Alison Braden
ASU Saves: Bri Hawkins 10