Own Goal Helps No. 1 Cardinal Down Third-Ranked Bruins, 2-0

Oct. 18, 2009

Post game interview video with UCLA coach Jill Ellis

Box Score

Stanford, Calif. - In a showdown between the Pac-10's elite, the third-ranked UCLA women's soccer team suffered just its second loss of the season on Sunday, as top-ranked Stanford kept its undefeated season in tact with a 2-0 victory over the Bruins before 2,400 fans at Cagan Stadium.

UCLA, which has dominated the conference the last three years, suffered its first loss in conference play since 2006. The Bruins were riding a 22-game Pac-10 winning streak heading into Sunday's contest.

"We had some good chances," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "It's tough to give up an own goal against such a quality opponent. I think it was tough for us emotionally to recover from that. But I think we played a good match. We just didn't capitalize on our scoring opportunities."

Both teams played scoreless soccer for the first 71 minutes of play Sunday, however the Cardinal (15-0; 4-0 Pac-10) got on the board at the 71:01 mark on an own goal following a blocked shot from Ali Riley.

Stanford would score again less than two minutes later, as Camille Levin headed in her second goal of the year off of a Riley cross at the 72:57 mark.

UCLA had a number of quality scoring chances throughout the match. Lauren Cheney nearly put the Bruins up 1-0 in the 68th minute, however her shot bounced off the post. Lauren Barnes then hit one off the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute.

Both of UCLA's (12-2-1; 3-1 Pac-10) losses this season have come against No. 1-ranked teams, as North Carolina beat the Bruins in the season opener back in August. Bruin goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford did not play in that match, making Sunday's loss her first of the year.

UCLA returns home next week, hosting Oregon at Drake Stadium on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Oct 11
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1 (2OT)
Saturday, Oct 17
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Oct 23
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Oct 25
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 29
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 0 - 7
Sunday, Nov 01
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 0 - 2
Friday, Nov 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 2