Feb. 24, 2005
The No. 1 UCLA women defeated No. 9 Hawaii, 13-8 in their second home game of the season. Hawaii's eight goal count is the most goals scored against the Bruins so far this year. Hawaii stayed with the Bruins through the most of the third quarter until UCLA eventually pulled away and took the game. UCLA still has never trailed at the end of a quarter. Hawaii is now 2-5, 1-2 in the MPSF, and UCLA is 9-0 and 2-0 in MPSF conference play.
The game opened unexpectedly with a Hawaii goal by Anna Sieprath after 19 seconds of play. There was little action until Gabrielle Domanic tied the game on a Bruin goal. With a minute left in the first quarter, Natalie Golda tossed in the first of her three goals to give the Bruins a 2-1 edge. In the first quarter, there were four Bruin ejections, giving Hawaii many opportunities and shots on goal. UCLA Goalie Emily Feher stopped four Wahine shots in the first. The second quarter also was very close. Iefke Van Belkem scored in the first minute of the second quarter to tie the game. Golda scored again immediately after, followed by a goal by Thalia Munro, to put the Bruins ahead 4-2, but Kruszona and Beth Novick each scored to tie the game once again. Kelly Rulon responded with a goal to give the Bruins a lead that they would hold for the rest of the game. The score at the half was 6-4.
The third and fourth quarters were also very physical. There were 13 ejections total and two four-meter penalty shots against UCLA, in which Hawaii converted both. In the third, scoring went back and fourth. Brittany Dames and Van Belkum scored for Hawaii. Kacy Kunkel, Brittany Rowe, and Natalie Golda made Bruin goals in the third. At the end of the quarter, UCLA led 9-6. In the fourth quarter, Kelly Rulon dominated the game. She scored three times to help UCLA hold off the Wahine. Both four-meter penalty shots were in the fourth. Shannon Carroll of the Wahine received a yellow card with four minutes left. Kristina Kunkel also scored four the Bruins to keep Hawaii from coming back.
For the game, there were 21 ejections (10 on UCLA and 11 on Hawaii), two four-meter penalty shots, and one yellow card. Rulon led Bruin scorers with four goals. Golda had three and Kristina Kunkel added two. Gabrielle Domanic, Kacy Kunkel, Thalia Munro, and Brittany Rowe each had one. UCLA goalkeeper Feher had 11 saves. For the Wahine, Van Belkum led the team with three goals. Kruszona had two. Dames, Novick, and Sieprath had one goal each. Hawaii goalkeeper Meike De Nooy had three saves.
UCLA returns to action in the Gaucho Invitational beginning Friday, February 25th. They will face Princeton and Arizona State on Friday, and following games will be determined by the tournament outcomes. The Bruins' next exciting home game is on Saturday, March 5th against No. 2 USC.
UCLA vs. Hawaii 2/24/05
UCLA Goals: Kelly Rulon 4, Natalie Golda 3, Kristina Kunkel 2, Gabrielle Domanic, Thalia Munro, Kacy Kunkel, Brittany Rowe
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 8
Hawaii Goals: Iefke Van Belkum 3, Monika Kruszona 2, Brittany Dames, Beth Novick
Hawaii Saves: Meike De Nooy 3