Oct. 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES - After falling behind early, the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team rallied for an eventual 3-2 golden goal victory over No. 20 Arizona State in a Pac-10 Conference thriller at Drake Stadium on Sunday. The Bruins, winners of 11 in a row, move to 11-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils, who also fell to USC on Friday, fall to 7-3-2 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
ASU's Alexandra Elston gave the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on Sunday, as she punched in a close-range shot after receiving a ball in the box from teammate Karin Volpe.
Despite being out-shot 17-8 in the first half, the Sun Devils would take that 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Once play resumed, freshman Zakiya Bywaters pulled UCLA even at the 54:30 mark, taking advantage of a loose ball in the ASU box. The play began when Sun Devil goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore blocked a shot by Sydney Leroux, however was unable to get handle on it. That allowed Bywaters to slip in and finished it off from about five yards out.
Bywaters would also have a hand in the Bruins' go-ahead goal in the 68th minute, as she fed a ball to freshman Ahsha Smith on the right side. Smith managed to get endline, sending a cross over to Lauren Cheney, who finished from close range despite being marked by two ASU defenders.
Just when it looked like the Bruins were going to get the win, the Sun Devils pulled even in the 80th minute following a free kick just outside the UCLA box. The ball was played in from the left side, eventually finding the feet of Kiara Williams, who finished to the right corner, just beating Bruin goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford.
The match eventually went into overtime and UCLA got the game winner in the 104th minute on a 15-yard shot from midfielder Lauren Barnes, who was standing near the top left corner of the ASU box. A failed ASU clearance dribbled out to her and she finished it, sending a ball past Gillmore to the far right corner.
UCLA owned a 37-13 advantage in the total shot count on Sunday, helping Gillmore tie the ASU record for saves in a match with 14.
With the win, UCLA preserves the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 60 matches. The Bruins have not lost at home since Sept. 9, 2005. UCLA has also won 21-straight Pac-10 matches dating back to 2006.
The Bruins continue Pac-10 play next week, traveling to the Bay Area for matches against Cal on Friday and top-ranked Stanford on Sunday.