Nov. 9, 2007
Pullman, Wash. - The top-ranked UCLA women's soccer team became the first school in Pac-10 history to claim five straight conference championships, as the Bruins clinched this year's title with a 2-0 victory over Washington State on Friday afternoon at Lower Soccer Field. UCLA, which earns the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, improves to 15-1-2 overall and 8-0 in the Pac-10. Washington State drops to 10-5-3 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play.
Washington State nearly tied the match less than a minute later, however Kiersten Dallstream's shot bounced off the crossbar and out of harm's way.
The Bruins enjoyed a one-goal advantage for the next 52 minutes until midfielder Danesha Adams tacked on another goal at the 68:46 mark. McCall Zerboni played a ball to the top of the box where Adams took control of it, turned and unleashed a shot into the far corner.
UCLA notched its 10th shutout of the season on Friday, including its seventh in eight Pac-10 matches. Only Arizona State has managed to score a goal against the Bruins this season, as UCLA has outscored its opponents 18-1 in league play.
Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson finished with four saves on the day. Friday marked the first time in seven matches that forward Lauren Cheney failed to notch either a goal or an assist. Cheney, who leads the conference in scoring with 46 points (19g, 8a), was named Top Drawer Soccer's National Player of the Year on Friday.
UCLA still has one more regular-season match remaining, as the Bruins head to Seattle for a showdown against Washington on Sunday. That match will begin at noon. UCLA is looking to become the first school to go undefeated in the conference since Stanford did it in 2002.