Bruins Headed Back to NCAA College Cup
Nov. 27, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Bruin midfielder Caitlin Ursini scored on a free kick in the 64th minute Saturday, helping the No. 14-seeded UCLA women's soccer team upset No. 6 Ohio State, 1-0 in an NCAA Quarterfinal matchup at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, UCLA (17-6) advances to next week's NCAA College Cup in Cary, NC and will face No. 7 Princeton (19-2). The Tigers advanced Friday with a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Washington.
UCLA's goal came after a red card was issued to Ohio State's Emily Francis. Bruin midfielder Danesha Adams received a perfect ball from Iris Mora, creating a one-on-one opportunity with OSU goalkeeper Emily Haynam. Francis was ejected after tripping up Adams en route to the goal. Ursini took the free kick, which was located just outside the top of the box, sending in a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.
'We have been working on (set pieces) all week in practice,' said Ursini, who scored her first goal of the season Saturday. 'I just tried to keep it low and hit it hard and that's what I did.'
Added UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis, 'We are very excited to be heading back to the College Cup. Ohio State is an excellent team, so to be able to get this result in a tough environment on the road is very special. I'm just so excited right now.'
UCLA advances to the College Cup for the second year in a row and the third time in the last five years. The Bruins have also made trips in 2000 and 2003. UCLA's best finish in the NCAA Tournament was a runner-up showing in 2000.
The Bruins have yet to give up a goal in NCAA Tournament play, outscoring their opponents 7-0 in four matches. Heading into today, UCLA posted shutouts over Pepperdine (1-0), San Diego (3-0) and Duke (2-0) in the first three rounds respectively.
Bruin goalkeeper Valerie Henderson was forced to make just two saves on the afternoon. She has not given up a goal since a 3-2 overtime victory against USC back on Nov. 7.
UCLA, which had a one-player advantage following the red card, owned a 24-12 advantage in shots on the day, marking only the second time that an opponent has outshot the Buckeyes this year.