Saturday, August 30, 2014
No. 1 UCLA and No. 9 North Carolina finished scoreless in the marquee matchup in Women’s NCAA Division I Soccer on Friday night as a Bruins defense led by the LA Blues’ Abby Dahlkemper and Caprice Dydasco held the Tar Heels without a shot on goal for only the second time in program history.
The Bruins did threaten offensively, with the biggest danger coming from fellow Blues player Sam Mewis, who forced saves from UNC’s Bryane Heaberlin in the 10th minute and Lindsey Harris in the 65th. Dahlkemper and Dydasco also proved a threat from set pieces, as both put efforts on target in the first half, but the Bruins were unable to break down a solid defense led by the Washington Spirit Reserves’ Sarata Murray and Blues defender Brooke Elby, as UCLA was held to one shot on goal in the second half and overtime.
"The game was a high-level game: fast-paced, a lot of energy, great athletes out there," said UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell. "I think we were unlucky not to score one. You've got to give a lot of credit to UNC. They defended really well. They shut down channels and some gaps that we thought were open and made it really hard for us. We could have been better on our set plays, but overall the effort was there. You have to applaud both teams for the effort and just how much they really went after it."
No. 9 PENN STATE 3, UCONN 1: Colorado Pride forward Mallory Weber had the opening goal as the Nittany Lions remained perfect with their third win of the season as they downed the Huskies.
A 2014 All-Western Conference selection with 11 goals for the Pride this summer, Weber scored her third goal in as many games for PSU in the fifth minute as she volleyed home a cross by former Ottawa Fury defender Kori Chapic. Freshman Megan Schafer added another pair of goals for Penn State as the Nittany Lions cruised to a comfortable victory.
No. 16 TEXAS TECH 2, NO. 11 NOTRE DAME 1: Colorado Rush forward Janine Beckie had the game-winning goal as the Red Raiders rallied to upset the Fighting Irish at Alumni Field in South Bend, Ind.
Notre Dame took a lead to the halftime break as Katie Naughton put home a corner kick in the 14th minute. Texas Tech quickly rallied in the second half, however, and got back on level terms as Seattle Sounders Women’s Jaelene Hinkle found Hannah Devine for a near-post header. Less than a minute later, Beckie capitalized on a Notre Dame turnover and fired a high shot into the net to earn the road upset.
No. 20 GEORGETOWN 6, N.C. STATE 0: Former LA Blues standout Daphne Corboz had a goal and three assists to lead the Hoyas past the Wolfpack at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C.
The Hoyas took the lead on an own goal in the 12th minute, but Corboz’s influence began to be felt as she played a role in each of the next four goals. Marina Paul headed home Corboz’s corner kick to make it 2-0 at the break, and the midfielder then sprang Vanessa Skrumbis early in the second half for the first of her two goals. Corboz added a goal of her own eight minutes into the second half, and then provided the assist on Skrumbis’ second before Kaitlin Bast closed out the scoring.
JAMES MADISON 2, No. 24 WAKE FOREST 1: Ottawa Fury FC’s Sydney Braun-McLeod and the Washington Spirit Reserves’ Ashley Herndon linked up to lead the Dukes to an upset of the Demon Deacons at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest took the lead in the ninth minute when W-20 standout Kendall Fischlein of Lake Norman SC scored her first goal of the season, but James Madison got back on level terms before the halftime break as Herndon led a counter-attack that set up Braun-McLeod for her second goal of the season. Katie Hyland gave the Dukes the lead six minutes into the second half, and they were able to hold on for victory as former Fredericksburg Impact W-20 goalkeeper Ellen Forrest made a pair of saves.