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
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
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 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC
Sunday, Dec 06 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC