Women's Soccer Fights But Falls 2-0 to No. 3 UCLA

Oct. 26, 2001

EUGENE, Ore.- No. 3 UCLA scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and held on to defeat the Oregon women's soccer team 2-0 Friday afternoon at Pape Field. UCLA remained perfect in the conference at 4-0-0 and improved to 13-1-0 overall, while Oregon dropped to 1-4-0 in the Pac-10 and 7-6-1 overall.

Sarah-Gayle Swanson got the Bruins on the scoreboard in the fifth minute on a weak attempt from 18 yards out that Oregon goalkeeper Sarah Peters let go by because she thought the shot was going to be wide of the net. Swanson's shot bounced twice before sneaking into the left corner to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

'Sarah really thought it was going to be wide,' said Oregon head coach Bill Steffen. 'It's too bad that happened because a goal like that can really take away your momentum.'

Ten minutes later, Breana Boling broke behind the Oregon defense and collected a perfectly-timed pass from Whitney Jones and sent a line drive into the net from seven yards.

That would be all the scoring, but from that point on, Oregon became the aggressors. The Ducks outshot the Bruins 14-10 in the second half and had a late goal whistled off because of an offsides call. Chalise Baysa led Oregon with seven shots, while Ann Westermark and Beth Bowler each had three. Peters shook off her rocky start to finish with 10 saves.

'It's frustrating because our players understand what they need to get done, but it just isn't happening,' said Steffen. 'If we play for 90 minutes like we did the last 45, we probably win. On the other hand, we've got a chance to redeem ourselves on Sunday and send our seniors out with a win. If we play 90 minutes like we did the last 45 today, we can beat USC.'

The Ducks host USC, a 1-0 winner over Oregon State Friday, in their final home match of the season Sunday at noon.