Nov. 9, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Kara Lang and Danesha Adams each scored a goal to lead top-ranked UCLA past Washington State 2-0 in Pacific-10 women's soccer Friday at Lower Soccer Field.
Lang netted the game-winner at 16:22 on a header in the box after Lauren Wilmoth sent a cross in from the right side. Adams tallied an insurance goal at 68:46 when she received a pass from McCall Zerboni at the top of the box, turned 180 degrees and fired a shot into the back of the net.
UCLA (15-1-2, 8-0-0) and Washington State (10-5-3, 3-4-1) played even for much of the match with the Bruins holding an 18-14 advantage in shots and the Cougars earning the only two corner kicks.
The Cougars had three solid chances to score in the first half, but were denied each time. Sophomore Kiersten Dallstream hit the crossbar with a shot in the 18th minute and found the left post in the 27th minute. Just into the 40th minute, Allison Scurich's header off a corner from fellow senior Anna Miller appeared destined for the net, but it was cleared off the line by a Bruins' defender.
"As talented as UCLA is, we knew it was going to be a tough game," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We got off to a slow start, but after the first 15 minutes we contributed to the game and were the aggressor at times. The beauty of this sport is you can go back and forth and there are going to be great opportunities and sometimes missed chances."
When asked if his team needs a win over USC for at-large berth to the NCAA College Cup, Potter responded, "I believe we have shown we are a good team this year and we have much to play for Sunday."