November 22, 2012
THROUGH THE CARDINAL
Bruins shot at Cup means beating Stanford
Once again for the UCLA Bruins a trio to the College Cup will have to lead through Stanford. The third seeded UCLA women will get another shot at top-seeded Stanford (20-1-1) when the Pac-12’s top two (and last two remaining) teams play Friday night in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
The match, which is already sold out, will take place at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on the Stanford campus on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 pm. The winner will advance to the NCAA College Cup, held this year in San Diego.
This will be UCLA 18-2-2 overall) and Stanford’s third meeting in the last four years at the NCAA Tournament. Stanford has won each of the previous two matchups, winning 2-1 in the 2009 semifinals and 3-0 in the 2010 Round of 16.
The two teams met last month in Los Angeles in an epic #1 vs. #2 battle. The Bruins struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on a Taylor Smith goal in the 49th minute, but Stanford scored twice in under two minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit with 13 minutes to play and held on for the 2-1 victory. The loss was UCLA’s first of the season, and it snapped the team’s school-record 25-game unbeaten streak.
Stanford leads the all-time series, 10-8-3, and has won the last six matchups. UCLA’s last win against the Cardinal came in 2008, 1-0 in Los Angeles. The Bruins’ last win at Stanford was in 2007, 2-0.
Stanford is on an 18-game winning streak and is currently on a 65-game unbeaten streak at home. This match marks Stanford's fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA quarterfinals -- all taking place at Cagan Stadium. Stanford is 4-0 in those matches and has advanced to three consecutive NCAA College Cup finals.
The Cardinal has seven players with five goals or more, led by Courtney Verloo’s 10. Verloo leads eight players in double-digit scoring with 30 points. Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season.