Cheney's Golden Goal Sends UCLA Past Virginia, 2-1 in Overtime
Nov. 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Lauren Cheney's golden goal in the 98th minute gave the top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over fourth-seeded Virginia on Friday evening in the NCAA Round of 16 at Drake Stadium. With the win, UCLA (19-1-2) advances to the quarterfinals where it will host either second-seeded Portland or No. 3 Tennessee next Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Cheney scored the game-winning goal at the 97:46 mark, as she received a ball just beyond the top of the Virginia box. With her back to the goal, she spun to her left and quickly fired a right-footed shot that sailed just over the hands of Cavalier goalkeeper Chantel Jones.
'I'm just so proud of this team's ability to fight back and not give up,' said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. 'I think they showed incredible resilience and kept believing. To be able to tie it up and then get the result is just fantastic.'
UCLA found itself less than eight minutes away from elimination after Virginia broke a scoreless tie in the 76th minute. Cavalier forward Shannon Foley notched her 10th goal of the season, dribbling a ball into the left side of the UCLA box before bending in a kick into the far corner, giving Virginia a 1-0 advantage at the 75:29 mark.
The Bruins, however, were able to answer back in the 83rd minute, as sophomore Kristina Larsen tied things up with a left-footed strike from just inside the Virginia box. The goal was setup by Cheney, who beat several Virginia defenders before playing it to Larsen.
With three points on the night, Cheney broke the UCLA single-season scoring record, as she now has 55 points on the year. She entered the match with 52 points, tied with Traci Arkenberg who had that same total in 1997.