UCLA (5-0) got off to a quick start with a goal at 4:53. Sydney Leroux took advantage of a pass from Kara Lang right in front of the goal and tapped the ball in for the first score of the game.
That was all of the scoring action that would occur during the first half. Both teams had a few opportunities for a goal but none were able to take advantage and the score at halftime stayed 1-0.
UCLA came out firing in the second half scoring two goals within a minute of each other. Christina DiMartino dribbled around many UConn defenders scoring the UCLA unassisted goal at 51:13, the second of the game. A little more than a minute later, at 52:25 Leroux scored her second goal of the game and her third of the year to put the Bruins up by three.
In the last five minutes of play UConn attempted to put on a comeback as the majority of the offense was on the UCLA side of the field. But they were unable to overcome the three goal lead. Senior Elizabeth Eng (Chicago, Ill.) attempted two shots in less than a minute but the strong UCLA defense didn't allow her the goals.
UConn had few chances to score as they were only able to take five shots on goal throughout the whole game. Some nice saves by Labbe kept UConn in the game through the first half.
The Huskies will be back in action Sunday against #11 Penn State at 2:30 in the second part of a double header and the concluding game of the UConn Classic. During halftime, UConn will be celebrating 30 years of UConn women's soccer.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd Total
UCLA 1 2 3
UConn 0 0 0
1. 4:43 UCLA Leroux, Sydney (Lang, Kara)
2. 51:13 UCLA DiMartino, Christina
3. 52:25 UCLA Leroux, Sydney (Zerboni, McCall)
SAVES: Connecticut 8, UCLA 5
SHOTS: Connecticut 10, UCLA 22
Game One UConn Classic
In the first game of the UConn Classic Brown upset #11 Penn State in overtime.
In a scoreless first half, Penn State controlled most of the offense taking 11 shots, eight on goal to Brown's five, two on goal. Brown took control early into the second half but failed to capitalize on the opportunities that they had. Katie Schoepfer had many chances to score for the Nittany Lions throughout the game. Schoepfer finished the game with eight shots, four of which on goal.
Penn State regained command for most of the second half. With 8:35 left in play, Brown had a great opportunity to score Marybeth Lesbirel took a shot on goal after a good ball from Lindsay Cunningham but Penn State goalie Alyssa Naeher saved her first attempt on goal by falling on top of the ball. Neither team could capitalize on their shots during regulation though and the game moved on to overtime.
At 99:02 with only 58 seconds left in the first overtime, Sarah Hebert-Seropian lofted the ball over the head of the goalie and into the goal for the upset win over 11th ranked Penn State.