UCSB Battles Hard But Drops 3-1 Decision to No. 3 UCLA
Sept. 27, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Third-ranked UCLA scored a pair of second half goals to snap a halftime tie en route to a 3-1 win over UCSB on Sunday afternoon at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The Bruins (8-1-1) and Gauchos (3-6-1) were tied at half, but UCLA scored two goals in a span of 13 minutes to claim the win.
UCLA took a 1-0 edge early in the match. At the 4:33 mark, Sydney Leroux took a perfect pass from Kristina Larsen and went in against Gaucho goalkeeper Ali Cutler, scoring with a shot into the upper-left part of the goal.
The score remained 1-0 until the closing moments of the first half when UCSB knotted things up. Sophomore forward Alissa Sanchez took the ball deep into the right corner, beat a defender and cracked a perfect cross into the box. Freshman Erin Ortega maneuvered herself through several defenders and headed the ball into the goal, tying the score a 1-1.
UCLA broke the tie at the 49:51 mark when Lauren Barnes blasted a corner kick to the front of the goal and Jenna Belcher knocked in a shot off of UCSB defender.
The Bruins extended the lead in the 63rd minute when Sydney Leroux used a spectacular individual effort. She went down the right side, beat a pair of Gaucho defenders and beat Ali Cutler one-on-one, scoring into the left-hand part of the net.
The Gauchos will return to action on the road. They will open Big West play on Friday, Oct. 2 when they travel to UC Irvine for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Anteaters. UCSB returns home on Oct. 9 when it hosts Cal State Fullerton in a 7:00 p.m. match.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This season UCSB junior defender Julia Speace is blogging for UCSBgauchos.com. Read Speace's Pieces by clicking here. The blog will be updated regularly as the Gauchos proceed through the 2009 season.
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