April 28, 2007
The second-seeded Bruins (24-2) were victorious over the third-seeded Women of Troy (19-5) for the third time this year. UCLA advances to the finals of the MPSF Tournament where they will face top-seeded Stanford tomorrow at 3:40 PM.
UCLA struck first with two quick goals from Senior Center Forward Kacy Kunkel. USC answered right back with goals from Kami Craig and Veronika Bartunkova to tie the game 2-2. Then Katie Rulon put the Bruins ahead with 27 seconds left in the first quarter. Kelly Rulon hit the back of net twice in the second quarter, helping UCLA take a 7-5 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Bruins maintained their two-goal lead on goals by Courtney Mathewson and Kelly Rulon. After three minutes of play in the fourth quarter, Katie Rulon scored her second goal of the game to stretch the lead to 10-7. USC almost came back in the waning minutes. Veronika Bartunkova scored her second goal with 1:28 left in the game to bring the Women of Troy to within one. But the Bruin defense held their opponent scoreless on the final few possessions to preserve their lead.
Senior goalie Emily Feher had another solid game. She recorded five saves, four of which came in the second half. Emily needs just 12 more saves to surpass Jamie Hipp for second on the UCLA all-time saves list. With four goals in the MPSF tournament thus far, Kelly Rulon needs just seven more goals to become UCLA's all-time goal scorer.
Today's 10-9 decision marks the fourth consecutive time the Bruins have defeated the Women of Troy by a single goal, and it is the fifth consecutive victory over their cross-town rivals dating back to the 2006 MPSF tournament. This year, UCLA won 11-10 at the Stanford Invitational, 8-7 at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, and 10-9 in the MPSF Tournament. Last year, the team captured its second straight NCAA championship with a 9-8 victory over the Trojans.
In the finals of the MPSF tournament, UCLA will take on top-seeded Stanford at 3:40 PM at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex in Tempe, Arizona. The Cardinal advanced to the finals by defeating fourth-seeded Hawaii 16-10 in the other semifinal match. Both of UCLA's losses this year have come at the hands of top-ranked Stanford. Just two weeks ago, the Bruins lost 7-6 in overtime at Stanford.
Tomorrow's game can be viewed for a fee at www.SunDevilSportsNetwork.com.
UCLA Goals: Kelly Rulon 3, Katie Rulon 2, Kacy Kunkel 2, Tanya Gandy, Jillian Kraus, Courtney Mathewson
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 5
USC Goals: Michelle Stein 3, Veronika Bartunkova 2, Kami Craig, Erkia Figge, Marina Mayer, Jena Wenger
USC Saves: Whitney Morgan 9