Los Angeles Soccer: Chelsea Stewart

COLLEGE: USD stuns UCLA, faces L.B.

November, 18, 2011
11/18/11
11:37
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UCLA rallied for an early deficit and stood one kick from victory, but it wasn't enough Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament.


The second-ranked Bruins' miscues from the penalty spot were deadly, and West Coast Conference co-champion San Diego took advantage to advance to the sweet 16, by a 3-2 tally, following a 1-1 draw.

UCLA (16-1-4) had won 30 successive NCAA tournament home games.

Long Beach State (17-5-1) will be the Toreros' foe in Sunday's third-round clash at UCLA's Drake Field after a 1-0 triumph over Miami in Friday's opener.

Freshman Mariah Butera gave San Diego (12-7-2) a lead less than a minute and a half into the game, and it held off the Bruins until the final minutes. Jenna Richmond's shot off the post in the 80th minute forced overtime, and penalty kicks followed 20 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Both teams missed their first two shots, but Sam Mewis and Charney Burk (Tustin/Foothill HS) connected to give UCLA a 2-1 advantage after four of five shootout rounds. Caprice Dydasco, with a chance to send the Bruins through, missed to start the fifth round, and Stephanie Ochs pulled USD even.

UCLA's Chelsea Stewart missed on the next shot, and the Toreros prevailed when Elissa Magracia converted.

Long Beach State, which last weekend at Pepperdine notched its first NCAA women's soccer victory, won on sophomore left back Kelsey Wilson's 40-yard blast inside the far post with about 10 minutes to go. Miami, which also won its first NCAA game last week, finished 10-8-1.

In other women's action:
  • Cal State L.A. (13-4-4) watched its season end on penalties after another defensive battle with California Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Chico State (12-6-5), which won, 4-3, on the eighth round of the shootout following a 0-0 draw. The Wildcats, who beat Cal State L.A. in the CCAA tournament, on Sunday takes on Abilene Christian (20-1-1), which in the first game rallied from a halftime deficit for a 2-1 victory over Dallas Baptist (16-6-1). Ashley Holton's goal six minutes into overtime was the difference.

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COLLEGE: UCI routs CSUN in showdown

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
1:34
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Natalia Ledezma netted a hat trick and UC Irvine took a huge step toward successive Big West Conference regular-season titles Sunday afternoon, romping to a 4-0 victory in a first-place showdown at Cal State Northridge.


Ledezma (La Mirada/La Mirada HS), a sophomore transfer from UCLA, followed a third-minute own goal with strikes in the 11th, 66th and 77th minutes as the Anteaters (12-3-2) improved to 5-1-1 in the Big West. Ledezma, who netted the first hat trick for UCI in 15 years, has 11 goals this season.

Northridge (6-8-2), a surprise contender for the conference title, fell to 4-2-1 in conference play. UC Davis (4-1-1) and Long Beach State (4-2) also are in the battle for the conference title.

Irvine and Northridge each have one conference match remaining.

In other women's action:
  • Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) and Amanda LeCave scored first-half goals as No. 4 Pepperdine (13-0-4) extended its unbeaten streak to 18 games with a 2-1 West Coast Conference victory at St. Mary's. The Waves are 5-0 in WCC play and stand two points in front of Santa Clara, which it faces Friday in the Bay Area.
  • Chelsea Stewart scored in the 28th minute and fed Jenna Richmond for a goal in the 35th, and No. 7 UCLA (12-1-2) toppled visiting Arizona State, 2-0, in a Pacific 12 Conference clash.
  • Elizabeth Eddy scored on a 60th-minute breakaway as USC (6-11-0) claimed its third straight Pac-12 victory, beating visiting Arizona, 1-0.

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COLLEGE: UCLA wins, USC drops Pac-12 openers

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
2:45
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UCLA opened Pacific 12 Conference play in women'ssoccer with a dominant but tight victory over Washington, but USC couldn't hold on to an early advantage in its opener against Washington State.

Vanderbilt transfer Chelsea Stewart scored UCLA's goal in the 79th minute Friday night in front of 2,350 at Drake Stadium, skipping a free kick through a crowded box and past Huskies goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussman.

The Bruins (8-0-1) played superb defense, limiting Washington (3-4-2) to one shot.

USC (3-7-0) on Sunday scored the fastest goal in program history -- Samantha Johnson (Palmdale/Highland HS) on an assist from Haley Boysen (Moorpark/Harvard-Westlake School) just 14 seconds in -- then conceded twice in the last 25 minutes to fall to the Cougars (7-3-1) at McAllister Park.

Rachael Doyle's header off the crossbar evened things in the 67th minute, and Jocelyn Jeffers got the winner with 4 minutes to play.

In other women's action:

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