Sept. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - A pair of goals from freshman Jenna Richmond, including the game winner in overtime, lifted the No. 13 UCLA women's soccer team to a 2-1 upset over No. 3 Notre Dame on Friday evening at the 2010 UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium.
Richmond's game-winning goal came a little over four minutes into overtime, as she was able to re-direct a ball sent into the box from freshman Ariana Martinez. With Martinez's ball driving into the box, Richmond got a foot on it and one-timed a shot into the upper part of the goal to beat goalkeeper Nikki Weiss, giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory.
UCLA actually came very close to losing Friday's match in the final minute of regulation had it not been for an excellent defense save from senior Lauren Barnes. The play started when Bruin goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford came out to challenge a shot from Melissa Henderson. The ball eventually bounced right to Rose Augustin, who suddenly found herself in the box with an empty net in front of her. Augustin launched a shot, however Barnes came running in and was able to clear it off the line for a corner kick.
In addition the game winner, Martinez and Richmond actually hooked up for the Bruins' first goal of the match as well. Just over 19 minutes into the match, a blocked shot by Martinez dribbled right over to Richmond, who finished it off from about four yards out.
Just when it looked like the Bruins would take a 1-0 lead into halftime, Notre Dame (4-1) evened things up on Erica Iantorno's first goal of the year in the 45th minute. It marked only the second shot of the half for the Fighting Irish, as UCLA dominated the first half of play with a 10-2 advantage in shots.
Sandiford played the entire match in goal for the Bruins, picking up her fourth win of the season.
UCLA returns to action on Sunday, hosting UC Santa Barbara at Noon.
With the win, UCLA (4-1) extends the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 70 straight matches. The Bruins have not lost at home since Sept. 9, 2005...Freshman Natalia Ledezma saw her first action of the season on Friday, entering the match as a substitute...Friday marked the first time that the Bruins and Fighting Irish have played since the 2004 NCAA Final in Cary, N.C. Notre Dame won that match on penalty kicks...UCLA picked up the program's first-ever win over Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had won the two previous meetings between the two teams.