Rebels Fall In NCAA First Round
Nov. 10, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Following a tight defensive battle in the first half, the third-ranked UCLA Bruins scored five unanswered goals in the second half to top UNLV 6-1 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament on Friday night from Drake Stadium.
UNLV (9-11-3), who had a losing record coming into the tournament but earned an automatic berth thanks to winning the Mountain West Conference tournament title, held the Bruins to one first half-goal, and just five shots in the opening period. The score remained 1-0 until the 50th minute, when Christine DiMartino fell in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Danesha Adams converted the PK, sending her shot to the right side for a 2-0 advantage.
The PK sparked the Bruin offense, as it was the first of four goals over the next 14 minutes that put the host and second-seeded UCLA (18-3) squad ahead 5-1. The third goal came from Bristyn Davis in the 57th minute, and Lauren Switzer followed in the 62nd minute on a shot from the top of the box that was sent to the top right corner of the net.
Adams then scored her second goal of the game, on a long shot from the right side that deflected off the bottom of the crossbar down to the bottom of the left side of the net in the 64th minute. UCLA's final score came in the 73rd minute, on a shot from Stephanie Kron that hit the right post and crossed over to the left side.
UNLV got on the scoreboard in the 74th minute, off a Katie Carney corner kick from the left side that was headed in by senior midfielder Tanya Roberts. It was the first goal scored by the Rebels in their three-year NCAA tournament history, and was just the third goal scored against UCLA on its home field this season.
UCLA began the game with a quick goal, when Stacy Lindstrom's throw-in was headed by Lauren Switzer to the middle of the box, where Lauren Cheney headed the ball again to the top of the goal, just above the reach of UNLV goalkeeper Alicia Lugo in the 8th minute. The Bruins were held to just four shots the rest of the half, but did not allow a shot by UNLV in the opening 45 minutes.
The Bruins finished with a 19-3 edge on shots, including 14-3 in the second half. They also had a 13-2 edge on corner kicks, including a sequence of six consecutive corner kicks to end the first half that the Rebel defense stood strong and did not allow a goal on. Lugo finished with four saves in goal for UNLV, while Valerie Henderson posted two saves before Ashley Thompson played the final 18 minutes for the Bruins.