Nov. 25, 2005
LOS ANGELES – The No. 6 ranked Virginia women’s soccer team had its 2005 season come to an end Friday night with a 5-0 loss at No. 4 UCLA in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers finish the season with an 18-6-1 record, as they tied the school record for wins in a season.
The Bruins took an early advantage as they scored in the fourth minute of play. Iris Mora played a through ball to Danesha Adams, who scored on the breakaway. That proved to be the only goal of the first half, as UCLA took a 1-0 lead into the break after outshooting Virginia 5-2.
In the second half, the Bruins added to their lead in the 55th minute as Adams headed home her own rebound for her second goal of the game. Adams completed her hat trick in the 62nd minute as she scored on a breakaway after a through ball by Christina DiMartino. UCLA added another goal in the 73rd minute as Kara Lang scored on assists from Mora and DiMartino. The Bruins closed out the scoring in the 82nd minute as Adams netted her fourth goal of the game on an assist from McCall Zerboni.
Overall, UCLA outshot Virginia 16-6 in the contest, but the Cavaliers had a 7-3 corner kick advantage. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) made four saves in net for Virginia, while Valerie Henderson made two saves for the Bruins.
“Give UCLA credit, they played better in every phase of the game and deserved to win,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “We picked a bad time to have an off night, as this wasn’t the same team I have seen all season. This is a tough end to a very positive season. We had a lot of success this season with a very young team, and our seniors did a terrific job leading us this year.”
The game marked the final game in the Cavalier careers of senior midfielders Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.), Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) and Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.). The three All-ACC midfielders amassed 64 goals and 73 assists in their career, leading Virginia to a 60-21-8 record.
UCLA (21-1-2) advances to the Women’s College Cup for the third consecutive season. They will meet Florida State in a national semifinal on December 2 in College Station, Texas.
1. UCLA. Adams, 17 (Mora) 3:28
2. UCLA. Adams, 18 (unassisted) 54:23
3. UCLA. Adams, 19 (DiMartino) 61:05
4. UCLA. Lang, 16 (DiMartino, Mora) 72:09
5. UCLA. Adams, 20 (M. Zerboni) 81:13
Shots: UVa 6, UCLA 16
Corners: UVa 7, UCLA 3
Saves: UVa 4, UCLA 2
Fouls: UVa 13, UCLA 11