Soccer Can't Overcome Early Deficit, Falls To UCLA

Nov. 4, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- UCLA handed the Washington State women's soccer team a major setback in their quest for a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, defeating the Cougars 3-1 Sunday.

'We gave up a goal about eight minutes in, about the same time as Friday,' WSU head coach Dan Tobias. 'Five minutes later, we gave up two goals in two minutes. That was just us being a little flat-footed defensively. They are a good team, the national runner-up last year and when we made mistakes they converted chances. That determined the outcome of the game.'

Staci Duncan, Mary-Frances Monroe, and Stephanie Rigamat all knocked in goals for the Bruins in the first 18:56 of the match. That left WSU fighting an uphill an uphill battle throughout afternoon against No. UCLA.

The Bruins outshot Washington State 9-1 in the first half with senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen making saves on five attempts.

The Cougars did not fold their tents in the second half, however. WSU fired nine shots in the final stanza and got a goal in the 51st minute by sophomore Kim Morgan off a corner kick.

'We played very well in the second half,' Tobias said. 'But when you are playing from behind against a very good team, it's difficult.

'Kim Morgan fought and fought and fought. She was very impressive,' Tobias said.

Morgan's goal wasn't WSU's only opportunity in the second half, as several near misses could have changed the complexion of the match had they been converted.

'We had several other good chances. Their goalkeeper deflected a shot by Tiffany Taylor over the crossbar, Rachel Rodrick had a couple of good chances, and Regina McGee had a good scoring opportunity that she hit wide right.'

Defensively, the Cougars also played better in the latter half of the afternoon. Sara Leibowitz came on in relief of Jorgensen for the final 45 minutes and made three saves.

'Goalkeeping certainly wasn't the reason that we were giving up goals,' Tobias said. 'It was just basic stuff that we continue to harp on.'

The loss dropped Washington State's overall record to 7-8-0 and 2-5-0 in Pac-10 play. The Cougars return home next weekend to face Oregon State Friday and Oregon Sunday.

'These are the last regular season matches for our seniors who have been a big part of our success,' Tobias said. 'We are a resilient group and we have to push forward.'

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