Oct. 15, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State soccer team (6-5-2, 1-2-0 Pac-10) upset No. 8 UCLA (9-4-0, 2-1-0 Pac-10) 1-0 in a Pacific-10 Conference match at Lower Soccer Field, Friday. Cougar Alix Rustrum scored the game winning goal to give WSU its first victory over the Bruins since 1993.
"We had a game plan in place, we stuck to it and were rewarded for it," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We saw today that all 11 players on the field at a given time were there together, they stayed together and when we got our opportunity to score we took advantage of it. UCLA is a fantastic soccer team that is well coached and has great personalities but today we stuck to our game plan and it paid off."
The WSU goal came at the 15:31 mark when Rustrum beat UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson with a shot to the lower-right corner of the Bruin goal. The Cougars' leading scorer ran onto a through ball from freshman Molly Alexander and dribbled into UCLA's 18-yard box before scoring her seventh goal of the season.
Washington State goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded nine saves in her fifth shutout of the season which also marked the first time since 1994 the Cougars have shutout the Bruins.
No. 8 UCLA is the highest-ranked opponent Washington State has knocked off since defeating No. 2 Washington in 2000.
The Bruins posted 17 shots, 10 in the first half, but Hultin made six saves in the first period to maintain the 1-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half UCLA continued to test the Cougar defense, recording seven shots including a Bristyn Davis shot that bounced off the WSU goalpost.
The Bruins had an open-goal opportunity thwarted by Cougar Angela Fajardo 77 minutes into the match when the sophomore defender cleared the ball off the goal line just before a UCLA forward could reach it.
UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis was issued a yellow card at the 70:11 mark after arguing with the referee about one of 14 fouls called on the Bruins. WSU recorded 12 fouls in the match, nine in the first half.
The Cougars continue conference action Sunday, hosting No. 22 USC at noon. The first 100 fans at Lower Soccer Field will receive a free Cougar water bottle.