Third-Ranked UCLA Tops UW Women in Soccer
Oct. 27, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Danesha Adams converted a first-half penalty kick and Christina DiMartino added an insurance goal in the second to lead third-ranked UCLA to a 2-0 win over Washington in a Pac-10 women's soccer game, Friday at Drake Stadium.
Washington's record fell to 6-11 and 1-5 in Pac-10 play. The Bruins' won their ninth consecutive game, improving to 15-2 with a 6-0 conference mark. It was the sixth straight win over the Huskies for UCLA, which was the national runner-up each of the last two years.
The Bruins controlled the early run of play, attempting five shots in the opening 17 minutes. The first UCLA shot caromed off the crossbar in the third minute and three of the next four were stopped by UW senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep).
Adams appeared to be offside when she broke behind the defense and received a pass that set her up with a breakaway. Rasmussen raced off her line and saved Adams' shot, but tripped her up in the process. Adams netted the ensuing penalty kick at 18:27 for her seventh goal of the season.
After 46 scoreless minutes, UCLA secured the win with a goal by DiMartino at 64:44. Bristyn Davis dribbled the ball to the end line and managed to send a pass into a group of players in front of the goal. DiMartino quickly took the pass and booted it into the right side of the goal, just past the outstretched arms of Rasmussen.
'I was proud of the way our players played. We battled and really played well,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We did a tremendous job defensively on the night and frustrated them a little bit. We played very, very hard and statistically created enough opportunities for us to be on the other side of that game or draw. We just didn't get it done.'
Rasmussen registered four saves for the Huskies who were out shot by an 11-6 margin. All but two of UW's shots were accurately directed on frame.
'We created enough chances to be dangerous. It was the most dangerous I've seen us in a while,' Gallimore explained. 'We forced their `keeper to make four legitimate saves. The difference was in finishing chances, because we created enough chances.'
Bruins goalkeeper Valerie Henderson posted her seventh shutout, the 11th for the team.
The Huskies remain in Los Angeles to play their final road game, Sunday at USC. Kick-off is 1 pm. at McAlister Field.
The Washington women finish the season at home next weekend, hosting Arizona on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. and Arizona State on Nov. 5 at noon.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Drake Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.
Friday, Oct. 27, 2006
(#3) UCLA 2, Washington 0
Scoring --1, UCLA, Danesha Adams (pk), 18:27. 2, UCLA, Christina DiMartino (Bristyn Davis), 64:44.
Shots -- UW 6, UCLA 11.
Saves -- UW 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen), UCLA 4 (Valerie Henderson).
Corner Kicks -- UW 2, UCLA 4.
Fouls -- UW 7, UCLA 7.
Offsides -- UW 1, UCLA 6
Attendance -- 1,293.
Records -- Washington 6-11-0, 1-5 Pac-10, UCLA 15-2-0, 5-0 Pac-10.