Nov. 4, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team moved one step closer to claiming its third Pac-10 title in a row Friday evening, registering a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory over No. 23 Arizona at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Bruin freshman McCall Zerboni netted the game-winner in the 105th minute of action.
With the victory, the Bruins (16-1-2; 6-0-2 Pac-10) can now win the conference title outright with a win over Arizona State in the final match of the regular season on Sunday. With the loss, Arizona drops to 9-6-3 overall and 4-3-1 in Pac-10 play.
UCLA, which improves to 11-1 all-time against the Wildcats, struck first when freshman Christina DiMartino hit a 20-yard shot over the outstretched hands of Arizona goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre in the 40th minute.
Although the Bruins went into the locker room with a 1-0 advantage, the Wildcats evened the score a little more than four minutes into the second half when forward London King hit a 25-yard shot high into the Bruin net. Mallory Miller was credited with the assist. That goal ended UCLA's streak of six-straight shutouts dating back to Oct. 7. It was also the first goal given up by Bruin keeper Valerie Henderson in a UCLA record 556 minutes.
With the scored tied at one apiece, both teams had several excellent scoring opportunities throughout the end of regulation and into both overtime periods. The Bruins' golden goal was scored at the 104:51 mark of the second overtime period on a loose ball in the Arizona box. Kara Lang came down the right side of the field and played a ball to Danesha Adams, who then sent a ball into the box. After a scramble in the box, Zerboni hit a shot that deflected off the hip of an Arizona defender and into the goal. It marks the second goal of the season for Zerboni and the first game-winner of her career.
UCLA out-shot Arizona, 23-9 on the evening. Henderson finished with four saves, recording her 14th victory of the season. McIntyre ended up with a match-high eight saves.
Friday's match will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. It is scheduled to air on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Fans should check their local listings for times in their area.