Nov. 12, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The second-seeded UCLA women's soccer team booked a spot in the NCAA Round of 16 for the eighth-consecutive season on Sunday, as the Bruins posted a 3-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton in a second-round match at Drake Stadium. Next up for UCLA (19-3) is a meeting with third-seeded Florida (15-5-4) on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. That match will be at Drake Stadium. The Gators defeated Marquette, 0-0 (4-3 PKs) on Sunday.
Freshman Lauren Cheney got things started for the Bruins, knocking in her 17th goal of the season at the 12:34 mark. With her back to the goal Cheney received the ball at the top of the box, took two steps and unleashed a right-footed shot into the left corner, just beating Fullerton goalkeeper Karen Bardsley. With that goal, Cheney ties the UCLA freshman record for goals, as Kara Lang also had 17 in 2005.
The Bruins tacked another one on less than a minute later, as sophomore Christina DiMartino beat her defender down the right side of the field before playing in a perfect ball to Danesha Adams, who put it away from close range.
Following a 2-0 UCLA lead at the half, Adams and DiMartino hooked up again just after play resumed, as Adams was able to head in a DiMartino cross to give the Bruins a 3-0 advantage at the 46:24 mark.
Fullerton got on the board in the 76th minute, as Casey Schostag put away a Leslie Munoz corner kick that had skidded through the Bruin defense untouched.
UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson picked up the win, her 16th of the season. Bardsley, who made several spectacular saves on the day, finished with a career-high 14 saves. It marks the second-highest single-game save total in school history.
Sunday's victory improves UCLA's record at home this season to 14-0. The Bruins have not lost at home in 25 matches dating back to last season.
Friday will mark the first meeting between UCLA and Florida since 2001. That year the Gators edged the Bruins, 1-0 in double-overtime during the NCAA Quarterfinals at Drake Stadium. Florida leads the all-time series, 2-1.