Nov. 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES - After holding No. 3 UCLA scoreless through the first 70 minutes, the No. 25 California women's soccer team fell 3-0 to the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. Cal junior keeper Gina Pellegrini made a total of seven saves, five of which game in the first half. With the loss, the Golden Bears fall to 10-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Pac-10 Conference while UCLA continues its unbeaten streak for a 16-0-2 overall record and is now 7-0 in the Pac-10.
Pellegrini, who was tabbed for the start, made three saves in the box in the first 15 minutes of play. Cal's first shot on goal came 33 minutes into the game from senior forward Nikki Schrey, and was saved by UCLA's Ashley Thompson. Senior forward Torrey Delaplane had a shot on goal at 42:09, which was stopped by Thompson. Delapane's shot was the final offensive attack of the first half for either side, and the teams went into the locker room knotted, 0-0.
UCLA kept Pellegrini on her toes in the second half as well, and the Santa Rosa, Calif., native made two stops in the first part of the second half. Sophomore forward Alex Morgan had a shot that was saved by Thompson and the Bears earned a corner kick shortly thereafter, but they could not convert. The Bruins broke the stalemate in the 71st minute with a shot from the top of the box to the right corner by McCall Zerboni.
UCLA gave itself some breathing room with another goal at 78:54 with a shot from 15 yards out by Kara Lang. UCLA score the final goal of the game with four minutes to play in regulation with a shot from the trop right corner of the goal from Lauren Wilmoth that went to the top far post and into the goal. The clock ran out before the Bears could mount an offensive attack.
Pellegrini finished the day with seven saves between the posts. Morgan paced the Bears with two shots.
Cal closes out its conference campaign next Saturday against Stanford in the Bay Area Derby. Kickoff is set at 2 p.m. and the Bears will honor their six seniors prior to the game.