UCLA Knocks Off No. 6 Cal, 4-1
Oct. 29, 2000
Los Angeles - UCLA forward Stephanie Rigamat scored two second-half goals, and also added an assist, as the No. 8 UCLA women's soccer team defeated No. 6 Cal on a cold and rainy afternoon at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, UCLA improves to 14-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Pac-10. Cal drops to 15-2-1 and 5-3-1 in conference action.
Bruin freshman Lindsay Greco got things started for UCLA, scoring at the 21:58 mark off a through ball from Rigamat that resulted in a one-on-one with Cal goalkeeper Maite Zabala.
Following a 1-0 UCLA halftime lead, Cal nearly tied the game at the 51:10 mark when, after a UCLA penalty, Tami Pivnick launched a 30-yard free kick that hit the middle of the cross bar, just over the head of Bruin keeper CiCi Peterson. The ball bounced back onto the field where Kim Stocklmeir took a shot from the top of the box, also hitting the cross bar, this time going out of bounds.
The Bruins capitalized on Cal's missed opportunity to go ahead 2-0 just seven minutes later when Bruin defender Kathryn Lee chipped in a cross into the Cal box where a wide open Rigamat was waiting to flick it in from about six yards out. Less than 10 minutes later, at the 67:12 mark, Rigamat netted her second goal of the match when she put in a shot from about 10 yards out off assists from Venus James and Greco.
The Golden Bears cut the lead to 3-1 in the 74th minute of the match when Laura Schott scored her Pac-10 leading 22nd goal of the season, taking a Natalie Stuhlmueller pass and putting in a shot from about 10 yards out.
UCLA, however, put the match out of reach just 46 seconds later when Lauren Emblem took a 22 yard blast that went over the head of Cal substitute goalkeeper Gabby Ronick to give UCLA a 4-1 advantage.
UCLA's win Sunday completes its sweep over the Bay Area schools as the Bruins beat No. 18 Stanford on Friday by a score of 5-0.
The Bruins finish out the regular season next weekend up in Arizona. On Friday, UCLA takes on ASU at 7:00 p.m. in Tempe. The Bruins face Arizona on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Tucson.