Nov. 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Lauren Cheney put in her team-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season, as the No. 1 ranked UCLA women's soccer team cruised to a 3-0 victory over Arizona on Sunday afternoon at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Bruins, who move one step closer to claiming the school's fifth straight conference championship, move to 14-1-2 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats fall to 6-12-1 and 1-6-1 in league play.
Cheney, who entered the week leading the nation in goals per game, tallied her 19th goal of the season at the 8:17 mark. She received a pass from McCall Zerboni at the top of the box, quickly turned and unleashed a right-footed shot into the back of the net. Cheney, who currently has 46 points on 19 goals and eight assists, is within striking distance of Traci Arkenberg's single-season school records for both points (52) and goals (22).
Wilmoth capped the scoring for UCLA in the 51st minute, as she scored on a ball that appeared to be a cross. After taking a pass from Kylie Wright on the right side, Wilmoth took a dribble before driving a low liner into the box that ended up skidding into the far right corner of the goal. It marked her second career goal.
After giving up the team's first goal in conference play against ASU on Friday, UCLA's defense posted yet another shutout on Sunday, marking the Bruins' ninth this season. UCLA has now posted six shutouts in seven Pac-10 matches this year, outscoring the competition 16-1. Junior Catherine Calvert saved a sure Arizona goal in the 85th minute, clearing a ball off the line that had dribbled past UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson.
Henderson, playing in her final regular season home match on Sunday, made a great save in the 63rd minute, pushing a dangerous Arizona shot off the crossbar and out of bounds. She finished with four saves on the day.
UCLA rounds out the regular season next weekend in Washington, as the Bruins are scheduled to face Washington State on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Washington on Sunday at Noon. UCLA needs just one tie in either of those matches to earn at least a share of the 2007 Pac-10 title. A victory will win the title outright. UCLA is seeking to become the first school in Pac-10 history to win five straight conference championships.