Bruins Fall to No. 1 North Carolina, 5-2

Sept. 19, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. - The third ranked UCLA women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2003 campaign Friday, falling to top-ranked North Carolina, 5-2 at the Duke adidas Classic in Durham, N.C. The win kept the Tar Heels unbeaten and untied at 8-0 while the Bruins fall to 4-1-2 with the loss.

The Bruins outshot the Tar Heels 16-11 but Carolina was quite efficient, scoring five times in its 11 tries. UNC goalkeeper Aly Winget, who had not allowed a goal since the first half of a win over Washington on August 31, made five saves while allowing UCLA its two goals.

UNC got on the board just 1:47 into the match as Steadman, a freshman from Brevard, N.C., scored her first career goal, knocking in a shot from five yards out off a cross by UNC's Lori Chalupny. UNC's lead would be very short-lived, however, as UCLA tied the score just 18 seconds later. Sarah-Gayle Swanson scored after taking a pass from Iris Mora and converting from 10 yards out. The goal was the first allowed by UNC in almost 455 minutes of play over the last seven matches.

Carolina retook the lead in the 19th minute thanks to Alyssa Ramsey's third goal of the season. Steadman fed Carolina's Heather O'Reilly down the left side and UCLA goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo was forced to come out on O'Reilly. She tipped O'Reilly's pass to Ramsey slightly but not enough to keep the Tar Heel senior from finishing into an open net.

The first couple of minutes of the second half proved to be as action filled as the first three minutes of the first half. Just 41 seconds into the second period, UNC was called for a foul in the box and UCLA reserve Whitney Jones converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the score at 2-2. Carolina would notch the game winner just 37 seconds later. Kacey White served a ball into the UCLA penalty area that flicked on by Maggie Tomecka to Steadman who slotted a shot from about 10 yards out over Lombardo.

At 65:06, UNC added to its lead as Kendall Fletcher scored on a long free kick that deflected off a UCLA defender into the goal. Carolina then added an insurance goal in the 76th minute. Fletcher cleared a ball out of danger in UNC's territory and Ramsey ran onto the pass down the left side. Ramsey carried the ball deep into the UCLA penalty area and then slotted the ball back perfectly to Lindsay Tarpley who scored her sixth goal of the season past Bruin reserve goalkeeper Arianna Criscione.

UCLA continues play at the Duke adidas Classic this Sunday, taking on Duke at 11:00 a.m. (EST).

North Carolina vs. UCLA
Sept. 19, 2003
Post-Game Quotes

UCLA Head Coach Jillian Ellis:
'It was a game of halves. I think the better team won. I thought we played well in the first half. We showed up for forty-five minutes, then we got the penalty kick and we gave up a soft goal. We need to show up to compete against a team like Carolina. Everybody has to step up. I'm taking out some of my starters out 10 minutes into the second half because they're not showing up. I'm disappointed in our performance for sure in the second half.'

'I think in the first half, we came after them. We gave up a soft early goal, but we came back. I thought we were really going after it, but soccer is 90 minutes long, and my team didn't show up for the whole 90 minutes.'

No. 3 UCLA 1 1 - 2No. 1 North Carolina 2 3 - 5Scoring Summary1:47 - UNC - Amy Steadman, 1st (Lori Chalupny)2:05 - UCLA - Sarah-Gayle Swanson, 5th (Iris Mora)18:38 - UNC - Alyssa Ramsey, 3rd (Heather O'Reilly, Amy Steadman)45:41 - UCLA - Whitney Jones (penalty kick)46:18 - UNC - Amy Steadman, 2nd (Maggie Tomecka, Kacey White)55:06 - UNC - Kendall Fletcher, 1st (direct kick)75:34 - UNC - Lindsay Tarpley, 6th (Alyssa Ramsey, Kendall Fletcher)Shots: UCLA 16, UNC 11Saves: Sarah Lombardo (UCLA) 1, Arianna Criscione (UCLA) 0, Aly Winget (UNC) 5Corner Kicks: UCLA 5, UNC 10Fouls: UCLA 10, UNC 13Offsides: UCLA 2, UNC 2Yellow Card: Bristyn Davis (UCLA), 65:02Referee: Jon Wilson; Assistant Referees: Kai Goodrich, Sandra SerafiniAttendance: 3,500
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