Los Angeles Soccer: Fresno State

COLLEGE: UCLA tops BYU on PKs

November, 11, 2010
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UCLA survived its first test in the NCAA Division I women's tournament, but just barely.

The Bruins needed goal-line heroics from defender Lauren Barnes, two saves from goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford and a perfect spot kick from Elise Britt to beat BYU on penalties following a 0-0 draw Thursday at Drake Stadium.


"This is the character that I've been waiting to see in this team," UCLA coach Jill Ellis told the school's website. "I was blown away by the way we competed. It's just constant belief that it can go your way, and that's honestly what it comes down to."

Burgeoning U.S. women's national-teamer Sydney Leroux nearly tallied twice for UCLA, but she hit the post at the end of the first half and was stopped on a 108th-minute breakaway.

UCLA (12-7-2), which is seeking an eighth successive College Cup final four appearance, on Saturday will face Central Florida (15-4-3), a 2-1 winner over Fresno State in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.

The Bruins could be without star star midfielders Jenna Richmond and Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita/Tesoro HS). Richmond, a U.S. under-20 national-teamer, was stretchered off in the 17th minute with a knee injury; Wright had to be carted off 11 minutes later with an ankle injury.

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NCAA D1: UCLA, UCI unseeded, at home

November, 8, 2010
11/08/10
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UCLA's and UC Irvine's women's teams Monday were awarded home assignments for the first two rounds of the NCAA Division I tournament, but neither was among the 16 national seeded teams.


Economic decisions prodded the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee, with five Southern California schools in the 64-team field, to bring fourth-seeded Wake Forest and Central Florida to the Southland for quartets featuring three Western schools.

Big West Conference tournament champion Long Beach State was given a tough assignment, opening against Santa Clara in top-ranked Stanford's quartet, and USC was shipped to South Bend, Ind., where it will open against Illinois.

All first-round games are Friday and second-rounders Sunday except at UCLA, which will play on Thursday and Saturday because the quartet includes Brigham Young, which does not play on Sundays.

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