Soccer Falls to No. 6 UCLA, 2-0

Nov. 1, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The University of Oregon women's soccer team held No. 6 UCLA scoreless in the first half, before eventually falling 2-0 at Drake Stadium as the Bruins notched their fourth straight shutout.

'We played hard and overall we had a pretty good effort for the first half,' Oregon head coach Bill Steffen said, 'but what hurt us eventually was that we lost too many individual battles. They scored initially in the second half on a play that was a little controversial. Overall, they outshot us, but many of their chances were past 20 yards. Individually, Mele French and Sarah Peters played well for us, as did our backs - Lindsey (Peterson), Carlie (Aschraft), Robi (Thayer) and Christine (Mintz).'

UCLA (13-3, 5-1) scored early in the second half when Katie Rivera converted at 48:03 on an assist by Crystal James. The Bruins added an insurance score 12 minutes later at 60:33 on a score by Lindsay Greco on an assist by Rivera.

For the Ducks (2-12-2, 1-5-1), freshman midfielder Cristan Higa managed both of the Ducks' shots which came in the first half. UCLA ended with 23 shot as Lindsay Greco took a game-high six attempts. The Bruins also held advantages in corner kicks (8-1) and fouls (13-12).

On defense, senior Duck goalkeeper Sarah Peters tied her season high of 10 saves - a mark she had recorded earlier in the season against then-No. 1 North Carolina in Eugene.

Looking ahead, the Ducks face No. 16 USC, Sunday at McAlister Field in Los Angeles. The Trojans pulled out a 2-1 overtime win over Oregon State Friday night at home.

BOXSCORE - UCLA 2, Oregon 0 at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Scoring: UCLA-Katie Rivera (Crystal James) at 48:03. UCLA-Lindsay Greco (Katie Rivera) at 60:33. Shots: UCLA-23 (Greco 6), Oregon 2 (Cristan Higa 2). Corner Kicks: UCLA-8, Oregon-1. Fouls: UCLA-13, Oregon-12. Saves: Oregon-8 (Sarah Peters 8), UCLA-0. Attendance: 348.

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