Womens Soccer

Stanford 2, UCLA 1 (OT)

Date of competition: Friday, December 4, 2009

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The Stanford women's soccer team will have a chance to finish the season unbeaten, thanks to a goal by Christen Press just four minutes into overtime that lifted the Cardinal to a 2-1 victory over UCLA and into its first NCAA Women’s College Cup final. Stanford (25-0) will face the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Notre Dame and North Carolina. The championship match is Sunday (noon, PT, ESPN2) in College Station, Texas.

UCLA (21-3-1), making its seventh straight appearance in the College Cup, lost in the semifinals for the fourth consecutive time. The Bruins also lost to Stanford during the regular season, 2-0, giving the Cardinal the Pac-10 title.

Stanford’s Kelley O’Hara and UCLA’s Lauren Cheney scored in the second half. O'Hara just missed an open shot in the final 10 seconds of regulation that would have won it. That allowed the spotlight to shine on Press, a junior forward. She produced the winner after knocking down a clearing attempt by a UCLA defender. She controlled the ball and sent a low shot past diving goalkeeper Chante Sandiford in the 94th minute. Press also assisted on O'Hara's goal in the 64th minute.

NCAA Tournament
Women's College Cup
at College Station, TX
National Semifinals
UCLA 0 1 0 -- 1
Stanford 0 1 1 -- 1
UCLA -- Cheney (Wright, Wilmoth)
Stanford -- O'Hara (Press); Press (unassisted).
Records: Stanford 25-0; UCLA 21-3-1

posted by Rick on Dec 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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