UCLA 2, Princeton 0 Â Dec. 2,
UCLA 2, Princeton 0ÂDec. 2, 2004
CARY, N.C. (AP) -- Danesha Adams and Bristyn Davis both had goals in the second half and UCLA allowed only three shots, helping the Bruins beat Princeton 2-0 Friday in the semifinals of the Women's College Cup.
Looking for its first title, UCLA (18-6) advanced to the championship game for the second time in five years. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson didn't even have to make a save.
The Tigers (19-3), who are the first Ivy League school to reach the Final Four, gave up more than one goal for the first time this season. They went without an official shot in the first half, although Emily Behncka had a great chance about 90 seconds before the break.
She chased down a pass just inside the box, split two defenders and nudged the ball toward the goal. It was just wide, and that was the best chance Princeton had.
The opener was a matchup of coaches who are best friends. The Bruins' Jillian Ellis and the Tigers' Julie Shackford were teammates at William & Mary, and Ellis is the godmother of Shackford's daughter, Cameron.
Ellis clearly had the better team on this day. UCLA had five shots in the first half, including a header by Caitlin Ursini after a corner kick that narrowly missed the goal.
The Bruins finally broke through early in the second half, when Adams fought off defender Elizabeth Pillion to take a nifty pass from Iris Mora. With goalkeeper Madeleine Jackson charging out, Adams calmly poked the ball past her and it rolled in to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Nearly 20 minutes later, Davis got a chance from about 25 yards out and curved a shot around Princeton midfielder Janine Willis. Jackson appeared never to see the shot, and it moved past her easily to make it 2-0.
Jackson left the game with about three minutes left, when she dove to the ground to cover the ball and Davis kicked her in the head. She walked off with assistance.
UCLA is in the College Cup for the third time; both previous trips ended with losses to North Carolina, including one in the 2000 final. For the first time ever, the Tar Heels failed to reach the Final Four, ending their run at 22 straight.