Dec. 4, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Final score: Stanford 2, UCLA 1
Christen Press scores the winner.
End of regulation: Stanford 1, UCLA 1
Heath's free kick was met by Mariah Nogueira, whose header was saved as it appeared to be headed inside the right post.
With 45 seconds left, Lindsay Taylor let loose a 23-yard shot just wide right.
Seconds later, O'Hara got a free ball and beat the onrushing goalkeeper. Her shot from the right hit the right post in the waning seconds.
The game is headed to overtime.
Second half (78th minute): Stanford 1, UCLA 1
UCLA's Sydney Leroux hit a bullet right at Kira Maker at the near post.
A long shot by Lauren Cheney, who turned to her right then cut left, tied the game in the 76th minute. Cheney's shot looped over the reach of goalkeeper Kira Maker.
The play came off a throw-in to Kylie Wright, who played it to Cheney.
It was the first time Stanford had relinquished a lead all year, and the match is tied 1-1.
Second half (77th minute): Stanford 1, UCLA 0
A long ball from the Stanford back line traveled through the UCLA defense and into the path of Kelley O'Hara. UCLA goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford came out of the box and failed on her attempt to stop O'Hara.
But O'Hara's touch took her wide left. With defenders scrambling to get back into the goal mouth, O'Hara centered the ball toward Christen Press, but the pass was intercepted, ending the threat.
Lauren Cheney was fouled just outside the box and Lauren Barnes' shot glanced off the left post.
Press then centered the ball to O'Hara just to the right of the penalty arc. O'Hara turned to her right toward the middle, then cut left two strides. With her right foot, she sent it into the upper right corner for her 26th goal of the season, giving Stanford a 1-0 lead.
Second half (58 minutes elapsed): Stanford 0, UCLA 0
A free kick from Teresa Noyola on the right side was met by a Kelley O'Hara header in the 50th minute that was pushed over the top of the goal by UCLA's goalkeeper, but the shot was nullified by an offside call.
Lauren Cheney set up a UCLA corner kick and a header by the Bruins' Kylie Wright bounced down in the box and then was cleared away by Rachel Quon at the back post.
Halftime: Stanford 0, UCLA 0
Laura Cheney of UCLA redirected a centering pass to the near post that stayed barely wide.
Moments later, Stanford's Levin crossed to Kelley O'Hara, but she collided with a defender in the six-yard box and stayed down for a moment, apparently shaken up. But play did not stop, and O'Hara got back on her feet and returned to play.
Cheney again created a chance by fighting through three defenders and got a shot off that Kira Maker collected in front of her.
Cheney, who shields the ball and turns so smoothly, created another shot, this one with her left foot that was high, but sharp with two minutes left in the half.
First half (30 minutes elapsed): Stanford 0, UCLA 0
UCLA's Kristina Larsen unleashed a 25-yard shot that Kira Maker saved with a dive to her right. Maker then dived to the feet of a UCLA player to retrieve the loose ball. That was the closest scoring chance for either team so far.
First half (22:33 elapsed): Stanford 0, UCLA 0
Stanford again created a mild threat in the box when Lindsay Taylor appeared to have a little bit of space, but UCLA closed quickly and the Cardinal was unable to get off a strong shot.
For TV, there is a first-half timeout.
First half (20 minutes elapsed): Stanford 0, UCLA 0
Stanford has been unable to get its possession game going yet.
Christen Press got off a shot, but didn't get enough of it to create any problems for UCLA goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford.
Stanford leads in shots, 3-1.
First half (13 minutes elapsed): Stanford 0, UCLA 0
Stanford has had most of the play in the early going, but the wind is causing havoc. Stanford is going against a strong wind.
UCLA is starting to surge. A shot by Kristina Larsen was right at Stanford goalkeeper Kira Maker. Stanford used a combination between Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press, but O'Hara was a step short of getting to the return pass in the box.
In the 12th minute, Press beat a defender to the ball, dribbled to the edge of the box, cut back and tried to place a shot to the far post, but it was just wide.
The top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team faces UCLA in the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup at Aggie Soccer Stadium in College Station, Texas.
The temperature is in the high 30s, but with a 13 mph wind, the wind-chill drops the temperature to 31. Forecasts called for a 50 percent chance of snow. Though it did snow briefly in the morning, there appears the chance of rain and snow has dissipated.
Stanford is 24-0 and UCLA is 21-2-1. Both were No. 1 seeds in their regions. Stanford beat visiting UCLA, 2-0, on Oct. 18, which enabled the Cardinal to win the Pacific-10 Conference title.