UCLA Ends Women's Soccer Season With NCAA Second-Round Victory
Nov. 11, 2000
Los Angeles -- The sixth-seeded UCLA women's soccer team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday, defeating cross-town rival USC, 3-0 before 1,104 fans at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Bruins will next meet the winner of Sunday's match between Texas A&M and Marquette.
UCLA, which improves to 16-3-1 on the season, wasted little time getting on the board, as Breana Boling put the Bruins ahead, 1-0 in just the third minute of the match. Boling launched an 18-yard blast from the left side of the field, beating USC goalkeeper Lauren Arase into the right corner of the net.
Following a 1-0 halftime lead, UCLA went ahead 2-0 at the 59:02 mark when Bruin junior Stephanie Rigamat blasted a hard shot that was deflected by Arase into the box, where a wide-open Sarah-Gayle Swanson gathered it up and put in a shot from about four yards out.
Bruin senior Venus James capped the scoring for UCLA, registering an unassisted goal in the 72nd minute of play. James dribbled all the way down the left side of the field, beat her defender and scored from about six yards out.
'Obviously this is a tremendous result for us,' said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. 'Not only is it an advancement to the third round, but it's a victory over USC, and it doesn't matter at what point of the season it comes, it's especially sweet. I'm extremely pleased at how our team played today, and I'm looking forward to the next game.'
Unlike its 1-1 tie with USC back on Oct. 8, UCLA dominated the match on Saturday, outshooting the Women of Troy 25-4. Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson was limited to just three saves on the day, compared to 10 for Arase.
'I felt like we had the better of the play and we obviously created more chances,' said Ellis. We've been playing very good soccer over the past three weeks and I think if we continue to do that and possess the ball, we're a tough team to beat.
USC's best opportunity to score came in the 60th minute of play, however a goal by Christy Callier was called back due to an offsides call by the linesman.
'We came out and we were flat,' said USC head coach Jim Millinder. 'When you're playing on the road and you go down and take a goal two minutes into the match, it takes the wind out of your sails. They played today and we didn't. (UCLA) is an outstanding soccer team. They have tremendous team speed through the midfield and up high and it was very difficult to cope with. It just wasn't in the cards for the Trojans today.'
USC finishes the season 14-6-2.