Bruins Down Cardinal, 1-0 in Battle of Unbeatens

Oct. 31, 2008

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Midfielder Christina DiMartino broke a scoreless tie in the 77th minute Friday evening, lifting the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Stanford in a showdown that featured two of the last three undefeated teams in the country. With the win, the Bruins (15-0-2; 6-0 Pac-10) move into sole possession of first place in the conference with three games remaining. The Cardinal suffers their first loss of the season, falling to 16-1-1 overall and 6-1 in league play.

"It was a matchup featuring two very skilled teams and anytime you have that, usually one goal is going to decide it at this level," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "Fortunately we were the ones to come out on top tonight."

Following a scoreless first half, DiMartino scored the game's only goal at the 76:36 mark after receiving a ball in the middle of the field about 30 yards out from Stanford's goal. She took several dribbles to her right before unleashing a right-footed shot that bent perfectly into the top right corner from about 25 yards out. Cardinal goalkeeper Kira Maker made a leaping reach for the ball, however the shot was just out of reach.

"It was a spectacular shot," added Ellis. "We've been encouraging her to shoot and it seems like every time she does, something magical comes off her foot."

Said DiMartino, "I saw an opening and I guess I was just lucky tonight."

Stanford's best chance on the night came in the 65th minute when Christen Press hit the crossbar on a header from about 12 yards out.

The Bruins outshot the Cardinal, 13-11 on the night, including 9-8 on goal. Both UCLA goalkeeper Ashley Thompson and Maker finished with eight saves apiece.

DiMartino's goal was just the sixth given up by Stanford this season. UCLA still leads the conference in goals allowed with three. The Bruins notched their 14th shutout of the season on Friday.

UCLA extends its Pac-10 winning streak to 16 straight matches. The Bruins have not lost a conference match since Nov. 3, 2006. UCLA also extends its unbeaten streak over Stanford to six in a row. The Bruins and Notre Dame are now the only two remaining undefeated teams in the country.

The Bruins will play their final home match of the regular season on Sunday, hosting Cal at Noon.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
0-0
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:00 AM PST
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, Sep 17 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
TBA
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