Los Angeles Soccer: Dimitri Aurelus

UCLA off to Stanford with a tie

October, 8, 2011
10/08/11
5:15
PM PT
UCLA's showdown at Stanford is still on, but the glamor quotient has been dialed down.

The third-ranked Bruins posted their fourth straight shutout but struggled to create an attack and settled for a 0-0 draw Friday at Cal, the first blemish on their Pacific 12 Conference record.

The top-ranked Cardinal is next, in a game Sunday afternoon at 1,900-seat Cagan Stadium on Stanford's campus. The school announced Saturday that no tickets remain.

UCLA (10-0-2) dropped behind Stanford (12-0-1) in the Pac-12 standings. Stanford is 4-0-0 after a 3-0 win Friday over USC, and UCLA is 3-0-1.

Sydney Payne and Rachel Quon scored first-half goals and Natalie Griffen added another in the final minute of the Cardinal's victory over USC (3-10-0). Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, who played for UCLA's 1990 NCAA men's title-winners, claimed his 200th career victory -- he's 200-69-26 in 14 seasons at St. Mary's and Stanford.

USC has lost seven in a row.

In other women's action:
  • Loyola Marymount (6-5-1) lost in its West Coast Conference opener as Joan Piasta scored an early goal and set up another late to lift San Francisco, 2-1. Etajha Gilmer (Cerritos/Gahr HS) tallied for the Lions.

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