No. 2 UCLA Wins Pac-10 Title Outright
Nov. 7, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tessa Baker's goal in the 35th minute brought the Oregon State women's soccer team even with No. 2 UCLA at 1-1, but the Bruins scored twice in the second half to claim a 3-1 Pacific-10 Conference win Friday afternoon at Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium. The Beavers fell to 7-10-2 overall and 3-4-1 in Pac-10 play, while the Bruins moved to 15-1-3 and 7-0-1 in the Pac-10, claiming the conference title outright. UCLA was already guaranteed at least a share of the title heading into the weekend.
'We worked hard today - UCLA is obviously a very good team,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'I think early on, we gave them a little too much respect and didn't come out at the start and found ourselves a goal down. 'Tessa scored a great goal, but UCLA came out quick in the second half and got a goal early on a far-post header,' Fennah said. 'It was very difficult to come back again. UCLA is obviously a very, very talented team and they use the depth in their squad to their advantage, making sure they've got a lot of fresh bodies.'
Baker's 11th goal of the year came off a lead pass from Lindsey Beem in the OSU backfield, setting up Baker for a one-on-one attempt with Bruin goalkeeper Arianna Criscione. Baker's goal was only the seventh Criscione has surrendered this year.
Bristyn Davis gave UCLA an early 1-0 advantage at 9:40 off a through-ball from Jill Oakes. OSU keeper Amy Johnson charged the play but lost her footing, leaving an open net for Davis. UCLA went up 2-1 on a header by Lindsay Greco after Whitney Jones played a ball up the right sideline to Sarah-Gayle Swanson, who crossed to the far post for Greco. Swanson tacked on an insurance goal in the 67th minute on a long shot that hit the crossbar; Iris Mora assisted on a pass from the center of the park. UCLA outshot the Beavers 35-8 Friday and forced 11 saves from Johnson.
'Individually, if we want to win games like this, we simply have to play better,' Fennah said. 'We've talked about composure all season long, and when we've been composed under pressure, we play well. I didn't think we did a very good job of being composed under pressure today and we gave the ball back to UCLA too much.'
UCLA rounds out the regular season against Oregon in Eugene on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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