Leroux Paces Bruins in 7-1 Rout over Boise State
Nov. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Forward Sydney Leroux tied the school record for goals in a match on Friday evening, as she found the back of the net four times to help the top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team to a dominating 7-1 victory over Boise State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium. With the win, the Bruins (18-2-1) move on to the second round and will meet the winner of Friday's late match between San Diego and San Diego State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Leroux, who missed all of last year's NCAA Tournament while playing for the U.S. at the Under-20 World Championships in Chile, becomes just the fourth player in school history to score four goals in a single game, joining Traci Arkenberg, Danesha Adams and Lauren Cheney. Adams was the only other player to do it in postseason play, scoring four times in a 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Virginia back in 2005.
The Bruins actually trailed early in Friday's match, as Boise State (13-7-4) took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when Maureen Fitzgerald scored from the top of the box off of a pass from Shannon Saxton.
Six minutes later the Bruins evened things up, eventually running off a string of seven unanswered goals.
Leroux tied the match in the 13th minute and then gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead just mintues later. Her first goal game when Chelsea Cline played a through ball to Cheney who was making a run down the right side of the field. Cheney then crossed a perfect pass to Leroux, who one-timed it into the back of the net. Leroux and Cheney hooked up again on the Bruins' next goal, as Cheney passed a ball back to Leroux, who scored from near the top of the box.
Cheney then scored one of her own to give UCLA a 3-1 lead heading into the half, as she scored on a close-range shot off of a cross from Cline. Lauren Wilmoth was also credited with an assist on that goal.
UCLA ran away with it in the second-half, getting two more from Leroux (47:17, 51:31), one from Cheney (59:14) and another by Liz Zadro (86:24) for the eventual 7-1 victory.
Friday's' win marks the Bruins' largest margin of victory in the NCAA Tournament since a 9-0 win over Mississippi Valley State in the 2005 first round.
UCLA outshot Boise State, 24-3 on the evening.
With six points on the night, Cheney continues to inch closer to Arkenberg's career records for points (169) and goals (71). Cheney has 165 points and 68 goals.