No. 3 Bruins Beat Buffaloes, 2-1
Oct. 19, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Third-ranked UCLA remained undefeated this season after posting a 2-1 victory over Colorado on Friday night at Drake Stadium. The Bruins (13-0-2, 6-0-1 in the Pac-12) received goals by defender Lucretia Lee and midfielder Sarah Killion.
After 41 minutes of scoreless soccer to start the game, the Bruins took the lead on Lee's first career goal. After a run by Zakiya Bywaters led to a corner kick, Killion sent the corner kick low into the box. The ball got past Colorado goalkeeper Annie Brunner, and Lee was there to slam the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
"Scoring at the end of the first half was critical for us," said UCLA head coach B.J. Snow. "Getting the (first) goal gave us some momentum, and it caused them to come out of their shell. They wanted to lure us out of our shape to be able to try to counter us, and we were very disciplined in the first half to not do that. They've got some very fast forwards they like to counter with, and I thought our girls did a really good job with them."
In the second half, the Bruins increased their lead to 2-0 at 70:34 when Colorado was called for a handball in the box. Killion scored on the penalty kick for her second goal of the year.
The Buffaloes made it interesting at 85:00 when Bianca Jones sent a 40-yard shot into the back of the net far post to cut UCLA's lead to 2-1, but the Bruin defense held strong to preserve the victory despite a frantic Colorado offensive push in the final five minutes.
Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland picked up the victory, making three saves. Brunner had six saves for Colorado, who dropped to 6-7-3, 0-6-1 in the Pac-12.
UCLA hosts Utah on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1pm in its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Fans wearing pink will receive free admission to the game.
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