Sept. 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (2-3) fell to No. 11 UCLA, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at Drake Stadium. UCLA scored three second-half goals to break a 1-1 halftime score. Erin Kelly scored the Matadors' lone goal, blasting a free kick from 30 yards clear of goal.
Facing its second nationally ranked squad in five matches, CSUN held strong for about 50 minutes of game before the Bruins broke through for three goals in a 28-minute span in the second half.
The Bruins broke the scoreless tie in the 12th minute. On their first shot of the day, UCLA's Charney Burke fed a pass into the corner to Dana Wall, who sent a cross into the Matadors' 18-yard box. The ball found itself on the feet of Zakiya Bywaters, who chipped the ball past Cynthia Jacobo.
Kelly tied the score up in the 34th minute off a devastating free kick from roughly 30 yards out. Following a foul against Heidi Farran, Kelly lined up a shot that knocked off the bottom of the crossbar and then pinballed off UCLA's Chante Sandiford and into the net.
The goal was the second of Kelly's career and first of the 2010 season.
UCLA took the lead early in the second half off a corner kick. The Bruins played the ball short and Lauren Barnes sent a cross to the far side of the post that Sydney Leroux put past Jacobo.
The Bruins doubled their lead late in the second half, taking a 3-1 lead in the 77th minute. Following a series of corner kicks for UCLA, Kylie Wright collected a loose ball in the 18 and put it past a sprawling Jacobo. Leroux and Barnes had assists on the play.
UCLA added another goal just a few minutes later, as Kylie Richmond collected a loose ball and headed it past Jacobo unassisted.
For her part, Jacobo did everything she could to keep CSUN in the contest. She made a career-high nine saves in the contest and faced a total of 27 UCLA shots and 15 corner kicks. Conversely, CSUN finished the match with just five shots and did not record an attempt in the second half.
The Matadors remain on the road for their next two matches, traveling to Sin City to participate in the UNLV Nike Classic. Northridge faces Kansas at 4:30 p.m. in the first game of the tournament on Sept. 10, and then face the host Rebels at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12.
CSUN's next home match will be on Sept. 17 when the Penn Quakers come calling to Matador Soccer Field for a 7 p.m. match.