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UCLA, UNC Play to Scoreless Tie

Aug 29, 2014
UCLA Athletics

Los Angeles, Calif. - In a match that had a distinct playoff atmosphere with over 2,500 fans in attendance and the last two NCAA champions on the field, No. 1 UCLA and No. 9 North Carolina battled to a 0-0 tie on Friday night at UCLA's Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.

UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland set a new school record with her 39th career shutout. Rowland faced just four shots in the game and did not make a save. She has yet to give up a goal in 290 minutes of play this season, and her defenders have done their share to make it happen, allowing zero shots on goal in the three games.

The Bruins gave up just four North Carolina shots, none of which were on goal. This was just the second time in Tar Heel history that they have been held to no shots on goal in a game.

"The game was a high-level game: fast-paced, a lot of energy, great athletes out there," said UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell. "I think we were unlucky not to score one. You've got to give a lot of credit to UNC. They defended really well. They shut down channels and some gaps that we thought were open and made it really hard for us. We could have been better on our set plays, but overall the effort was there. You have to applaud both teams for the effort and just how much they really went after it."

UCLA's defense shut down North Carolina for the first half of the match, allowing neither a shot nor a corner kick. The Bruin offense, on the other hand, managed six shots, but five were saved by starting goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, including a hard shot by Sam Mewis in the 10th minute.

The Tar Heels replaced Heaberlin with Lindsey Harris at the start of the second half, and Harris provided just as much quality in goal, recording 65 scoreless minutes with one save, again off Mewis' foot, in the 64th minute. UCLA had a few other good scoring chances in the half that either just missed or got whistled for an offisdes.

In overtime, the Bruins nearly ended it in the 95th minute on a Megan Oyster shot that went just wide, and Annie Alvarado also just missed in the waning seconds, and the two soccer powerhouses finished in a scoreless draw.

"Both teams are going to get so much better because of this game," Cromwell said. "In the end it helps us grow and helps us down the road."

UCLA remains unbeaten on the year at 2-0-1. North Carolina goes to 1-1-1. The Bruins play host to San Diego on Sunday at 5pm in a match that will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.