No. 17 California Falls to No. 3 UCLA, 2-0
Nov. 9, 2001
BERKELEY - An injury-depleted 17th-ranked California women's soccer team fell to No. 3 UCLA, 2-0, Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears fell to 11-6-2 and 3-4-1 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improved to 16-2 (7-1 Pac-10).
Cal defender Kathleen Cain (shin splints) and defensive midfielder Ashley Valezuela (knee) sat out today's game due to injuries, and defender Ashley Mueller only played the first half due to an ongoing knee injury. The Bears were therefore forced to put together a makeshift lineup to try to hold off the 2000 NCAA runner-ups and were successful for awhile.
'I could have forced the issue and gotten [the injured] out there', said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'All that would mean is that I don't have them for USC, and I don't have them if we make the playoffs. So, that doesn't do any good. And, I would never put a player at risk by making them play.
'The biggest problem right now is that we struggle with our depth. We have 16 eligible players playing right now. We're getting a consistent game out of five people. So, when we lose starters that have been there all season and start putting in other people, the consistency factor gets worse, especially when three of our injured are on our backline.'
Cal's Brittany Kirk, who usually starts at central midfielder, did an admirable job playing at sweeper for the second-straight game.
'Brittany has been around for awhile,' said Boyd. 'She's a terrific player. We played her at sweeper because we needed her there. She did the best she could, and we moved her back to center mid [during the game] because she's the only player working and able to possess the ball. She's had a great year all year long.'
UCLA's two superstars - Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat - provided all the offense the Bruins needed.
Monroe gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute with a long blast past Cal goalkeeper Mallory Moser, who posted five saves in the game.
Rigamat closed out the scoring by cleaning up Sarah-Gayle Swanson's close-range shot, which Moser saved but couldn't coral.
Neither team could dent the scoreboard after halftime, but UCLA outshot Cal, 10-1 and 17-3 for the game. Kacy Hornor fired the Bears' only shot on goal for the game in the second half.
Cal faces a crucial final game of the regular season against USC Sunday at 11:30 a.m., at Edwards Stadium. The Bears will honor their five seniors before the contest.
Women's Soccer ResultUCLA 2 0 -- 2California 0 0 -- 0
Scoring SummaryUCLA Monroe (unassisted) 26:06UCLA Rigamat (Swanson) 30:01
Shots: Cal 3 (3 players with 1), UCLA 17 (Rigamat 4).Shots on Goal: Cal 1 (Hornor 1), UCLA 7 (Monroe, Rigamat 2).Saves: Cal (Moser 5), UCLA (Peterson 1).CK: Cal 3, UCLA 4.Fouls: Cal 7, UCLA 10.Offsides: Cal 1, UCLA 3.Yellow Cards: Cal none, UCLA (Lee 83:49).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 11-6-2 (3-4-1 Pac-10), UCLA 16-2 (7-1 Pac-10).Attendance: 412.
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