Oct. 28, 2011
Boulder, Colo. - The second-ranked UCLA women's soccer team had its highest offensive output in nearly six years on Friday afternoon, scoring five first-half goals in an eventual 8-0 victory over Colorado in a Pac-12 showdown at Prentup Field. The Bruins, who last scored eight goals during a 9-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, improve to 13-1-3 overall and 6-1-2 in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes, who actually upset the Bruins in overtime last year in Boulder, fall to 4-11-2 overall and 1-7-1 in conference play.
Friday's contest marked the second week in a row that senior forward Sydney Leroux registered a hat trick before halftime. She got things started for the Bruins in the 11th minute of play, as she made her way into the box and dribbled around Buffalo goalkeeper Kayla Millar before finishing on an empty net. Her second goal of the day came just over two minutes later when she got on the end of a Chelsea Stewart cross, one-timing it in from close range.
Leroux would score once more before the end of the half, this time in the 29th minute on a shot from about three yards out following a quick exchange in the box with Zakiya Bywaters. It marks the fourth hat trick of Leroux's career and second of the season. Just last week she had three goals in the first half in a 6-1 win over Arizona.
Sophomore Jenna Richmond also had an outstanding game on Friday, scoring once in each half. Her first goal was a long-range blast from nearly 30-yards out that slipped in over the outstretched hands of Millar. Her other strike, in the 58th minute, gave the team a 6-0 lead.
Katelyn Rowland started the match in goal for the Bruins, making two saves. She was relieved at halftime by Alana Munger, who made one second-half save. The Bruins outshot the Buffaloes, 16-5 on the day. It marks the team's 11th shutout of the season. UCLA used all 22 players in Friday's match.
UCLA plays its final road match of the regular season on Sunday, facing Utah at 1:00 p.m. (MST) in Salt Lake City.