Bruins One Win Away From College Cup
Nov. 19, 2000
Los Angeles -- For the second time in program history, the sixth-seeded UCLA women's soccer team advances to the NCAA quarterfinals after posting a 4-0 shutout victory over Texas A&M Sunday at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The Bruins will play third-seeded Clemson this Saturday in South Carolina. The winner of that match advances to the College Cup, Dec. 1-3 in San Jose.
UCLA, which last reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 1997 against Notre Dame, broke a scoreless tie in the 24th minute of play when Stephanie Rigamat dribbled down the right side of the field and tucked in a sharp-angled shot, just beating Texas A&M goalkeeper Esther Thompson.
Following a 1-0 UCLA halftime lead, Rigamat scored her second goal of the game in the 71st minute of play when she volleyed in a perfect Breana Boling cross from about five yards out.
Bruin freshman Sarah-Gayle Swanson put UCLA ahead 3-0 at the 78:53 mark when she received a Venus James pass that forced a one-on-one opportunity with Thompson, whom she beat from about eight yards out. With that goal, her team-leading 14th of the season, Swanson ties the UCLA single-season freshman records for goals and points. Both records were set by Traci Arkenberg during the 1994 season.
Bruin senior Tracey Milburn capped off the scoring in the 90th minute of play when she gathered a ball in the far right side of the A&M box, banking in a shot off an Aggie defender into the right side of the goal.
'Obviously I'm extremely pleased that we're advancing,' said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. I'm very happy for our players. I think they've worked hard all year and our goal is to get to the final four and that was step number two for us. I thought A&M gave us a great game in the first half and we really struggled and it was apparent we had a match on our hands. Give credit to (A&M), they play great soccer.'
With the 4-0 decision, UCLA (16-3-1) now has 14 shutouts on the season and has allowed just seven goals in 21 games. The Bruins have outscored their opponents by an astonishing 72-7 margin.
Saturday's match against Clemson will mark the second meeting between the two teams this season. Clemson beat UCLA 1-0 at the Clemson/Nike Kickoff Classic back on Aug. 25 in South Carolina. That match was UCLA's 2000 season opener.
Texas A&M finishes the season with an 18-7-0 overall record.