Nov. 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- The New Mexico Lobos women's soccer team found a way to shut down UCLA's super senior Sydney Leroux, but the Bruins' pack of dynamic freshmen proved to be one goal too much for the gutsy Lobo defense.
UCLA freshman reserve Kylie McCarthy snapped a scoreless tie in the 65th minute Friday to propel No. 2 seed UCLA to a 1-0 victory over New Mexico in an NCAA first-round match played at UCLA's Drake Stadium. UCLA started six freshmen Friday against the Lobos.
McCarthy followed up a hard shot by freshman Samantha Mewis that UNM keeper Kelli Cornell knocked down, but couldn't control. McCarthy pounced on the loose ball and drove it into the net at the 64:53 mark.
"New Mexico is a really good team," said UCLA coach B.J. Snow. "We knew this was going to be a really tough task for us."
Snow said his strategy in the second half was to get more Bruins in the box vs. the tough UNM defense. The contest between UNM and UCLA offered lots of scoring potential, but the Lobos and the Bruins both came to the pitch with two of the top defenses in the West.
The Bruins' defense came up huge holding the Lobos to only three shots on the night: two by UNM's Jennifer Williams, the Mountain West Offensive Player of The Year, and one by Zaneta Wyne. Williams' two shots were on goal and one came on a one-on-one breakaway that was knocked down by UCLA freshman keeper, Katelyn Rowland, a pool player for the U.S. U-18 National Team.
The Lobos' offense produced few opportunities to fire after that and UNM had only one shot in the second half. UCLA ended the match with 16 shots with six of them being on goal. The Bruins outshot UNM 10-to-1 in the second half.
Leroux, UCLA's leading scorer and one of the top goal scorers in international ball, got off only one shot in 90 minutes as she was closely marked by the UNM defense. The Bruins' dynamic freshman duo of Mewis and Ally Courtnall combined for nine shots, four on goal. It was Mewis' rocket shot that led to McCarthy pounding in the game-winner.
The Bruins almost scored earlier when a Chelsea Cline shot bounced off the crossbar and UNM's Wyne's single shot just floated just high of the UCLA net.
The game was played on a cold, wet and rainy field with 508 in attendance.
The Bruins, 16-1-3, march on to play San Diego State in NCAA second-round action. The Lobos, who made their second consecutive appearance in the postseason, end their season at 12-5-4.