Oct. 10, 1997
UCLA Downs Cal in Pac-10 Opener
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The California women's soccer team fell to 5-5-1 (0-1, Pac-10) Friday afternoon, dropping its Pacific-10 Conference opener to the 18th-ranked UCLA Bruins, 1-0, in front of 319 fans at Witter Field on the Cal campus.
UCLA (9-2, 1-0 Pac-10) scored the games only goal on a head-in by senior forward Traci Arkenberg of a Tiffany Brown free kick 28 minutes into the match. Cal's Amy Bavalac nearly got the equalizer with only 12 minutes remaining when she rocketed a shot toward the left corner of the goal from 17 yards out. But Bruin goalkeeper Lindsay Culp made a spectacular diving save and just brushed the ball wide of the net to preserve the UCLA victory.
Both teams had numerous chances throughout the match to score as each squad registering 14 shots on the afternoon. However, neither team could find the net as both Culp (seven saves) and Cal goalkeeper, freshman Maite Zabala (four saves), proved to be up to the task.
The Bears will try even their Pac-10 record Sunday, Oct. 12, when they take on the 20th-ranked Trojans of USC at Witter Field.
Scoring -- 1, UCLA, Traci Arkenberg (Tiffany Brown), 28:30.
Shots -- UCLA 14, Cal 14. Saves -- Culp (UCLA) 7, Zabala (Cal) 4. Corner Kicks -- UCLA 4, Cal 2. Fouls -- UCLA 21, Cal 13.
1 2 F UCLA 1 0 1 California 0 0 0 Goal Assist(s) Time Arkenberb (UCLA) Brown 28:30