Oct. 18, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 18) - Seventh-ranked UCLA needed a penalty kick late in the game to slip by the University of Arizona women's soccer team, 1-0, in Tucson on Friday night. The loss sends Arizona to 5-6-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Pac-10 play, while the Bruins improve to 10-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference action.
The first half proved to be an active one for Arizona's redshirt freshman goalkeeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS), who registered five saves for the period, several of them spectacular.
On the offensive side, the Cats put together a number of great runs but were unable to convert them into shot attempts. In the ninth minute, sophomore forward Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./La Salle HS) made a strong run up the left side and sent a cross to redshirt freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS), who just couldn't get to the ball before it rolled out-of-bounds. Barely three minutes later, Wilks sent a rocket toward the UCLA goal from 15 yards out on the left side, but Bruin goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo stopped the shot for her only save of the match.
In the 34th minute, the UA's Juarez got some help from her defense. When she tipped a shot by UCLA's Jill Oakes back toward the goal, teammate Jennifer Klein (Prescott, Ariz. HS) was there to stop the ball from going into the mouth. The game was scoreless at halftime.
It was much of the same in the second half. During the 52nd minute, the Wildcats put together an outstanding sequence that proved to be their only true threat of the period. Junior midfielder Lindsey Greenwood (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) sent a through-ball to senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) on the left side. Chu promptly served the ball to Kelly Nelson in the center of the box, but Nelson sent the ball wide right.
UCLA's Jill Oakes scored the only goal of the contest at 67:46 when she was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled hard in the box. The Bruins registered only one more shot on-goal after that.
UCLA out-shot Arizona, 25-2, for the match and had a 13-1 advantage in shots on-goal. Wildcat goalkeeper Natalie Juarez finished the contest with a season-high 10 saves while playing all 90 minutes, her second complete game of the season.
"Natalie was excellent out there for us tonight, and we were very proud of her performance. She's really starting to come into her own," said head coach Cathy Klein. "UCLA is a very good team, one that is well-coached and full of outstanding players. It's a wonderful learning experience for us to lose on a penalty kick to a team of this caliber. We did have the chance to go up 1-0, and I think that will haunt us."
The Wildcats remain at home for a match against 19th-ranked USC on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at Murphey Stadium (15th Street & Plumer Avenue).
1 2 F UCLA 0 1 1 Arizona 0 0 0
UCLA - Jill Oakes - 67:46 - penalty kick
Shots: Arizona - 2; UCLA - 25
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 1; UCLA - 13
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 1; UCLA - 5
Fouls: Arizona - 14; UCLA - 14
GK Saves: Arizona - 12 (Juarez 10; Team 2); UCLA 1 (Lombardo 1)
Records: Arizona 5-6-1, 0-2-0; UCLA 10-3-0, 2-1-0