Oct. 12, 2012
Third-ranked UCLA battled through tough conditions, playing under heavy wind in the first half and then heavy rain in the second half, but earned a 1-0 victory over Washington in Seattle.
UCLA's road mastery continued on Friday evening, with the Bruins notching their seventh road win in as many games. A goal by Rosie White with 1:15 left in the first half was all UCLA needed. The Bruin defense limited the Huskies to just five shots, and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made three saves to notch her seventh shutout.
Most of the action occurred in the first half, pre-rainstorm. Zakiya Bywaters had the game's first legitimate scoring threat, blowing past the Husky defense in the 17th minute and firing a shot that hit the post. Rowland handled Washington's lone shot on goal in the first half, saving a shot by Hillary Zevenbergen in the 38th minute.
White had a pair of shots that Washington goalkeeper Kari Davidson got a hand on - a diving header at 26:30 and a shot from the left side at 43:08. But Davidson could not stop White about half a minute later. Jenna Richmond set up the scoring play with a pass to Bywaters, who crossed to White on the near side. White beat Davidson for her fourth goal and third game-winner of the year.
UCLA's defense stayed firm in the second half, and the Bruins maintained possession for most of the contest, allowing just two shots in the second half, both of which were saved by Rowland.
The Bruins improve their record to 12-0-2, 5-0-1 in the Pac-12. Washington, which lost for the first time at home this year, falls to 9-4-2, 2-3-1 in the conference. UCLA is back home next week for a pair of games against Colorado (Friday) and Utah (Sunday).