Huskies Fall To No. 3 Bruins, 4-0
Oct. 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Facing their third-consecutive top-five team on the road, the No. 16 Washington women's soccer team dropped its third straight match, 4-0, to No. 3 UCLA at Drake Stadium on Sunday. The Huskies fall to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 play while UCLA improved to 11-0-2 and 2-0 in conference play.
The Huskies held the Bruins scoreless until UCLA's Kristina Larsen scored on a low-lining shot from the right side in the 33rd minute that bounced off the left post and in.
Just moments later in the 37th minute, Sydney Leroux took a through ball from Larsen and sent it past UW freshman goalkeeper Kari Davidson far post. Davidson replaced the Huskies starting goalkeeper, junior Alex Phillips, who had to leave in the 21st minute with an injury.
The score remained 2-0 until Lauren Cheney scored on a header in the 60th minute off a cross from Leroux. The Bruins wrapped up the scoring in the 82nd minute when Larsen netted her second goal of the game, hitting a shot to the left post from the top right corner of the box for her seventh goal of the season.The Huskies were led by Chelsea Bumbaugh, who had three of UW's nine shots in the game. Junior Alex Kirk took two shots on goal, but Bruin goalkeeper Ashley Thompson stopped the Huskies with eight saves in the game to record her sixth shutout of the season.
'We did not start off the game playing well and that gave them the momentum and they just punished us for every mistake we made,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'I think UCLA got a wake up call when Washington State took them to overtime Friday and they came out and proved how good they are today.'Gallimore praised the play of freshman Kate Deines and Phillips, who played well before her injury.
'Alex came up with some big saves early on and just played well all weekend,' Gallimore said. 'We just couldn't string it together. Kate was the most consistent, hard working player on the field and Kari came into a tough situation, especially for a freshman, and she handled herself with poise.
UCLA extended its home winning streak to 44 games, which dates back to the 2005 season.
The Huskies return home next weekend after a three-game road swing to face two more ranked opponents. UW faces No. 2 Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 19 California on Sunday at Noon.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008
UCLA 4, Washington 0
Scoring - 1, UCLA, Kristina Larsen, Kristina (Caitlyn Mac Kechnie), 32:40. 2, UCLA, Sydney Leroux (Kristina Larsen), 36:46. 3, UCLA, Lauren Cheney (Sydney Leroux, Kara Lang), 59.20. 4. Kristina Larsen (Lauren Barnes, Erin Hardy), 81:54.
Shots - UW 9, UCLA 23
Corners - UW 1, UCLA 6
Saves - UW 4 (Kari Davidson 4), UCLA 8 (Ashley Thompson)
Fouls - UW 5, UCLA 6
Offsides - UW 1, UCLA 9
Records:Washington 9-4-0, 0-2-0
USC 11-0-2, 2-0-0