UCLA 1, Ohio State 0



COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (19-4-3) was bounced from the 2004 NCAA Tournament with a 1-0, quarterfinal loss to UCLA (17-6, PAC-10) Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After a scoreless first period, UCLA's Caitlin Ursini netted her first goal of the season off a free kick in the 64th minute to send the Bruins to Cary, N.C. and their second straight appearance in the College Cup.

The defeat, which snapped a program-best nine-game win streak, ends a record-setting season for the Buckeyes, who finished the year with all-time marks in victories (19), goals (62), assists (63) and shutouts with 13. The loss served as Ohio State's first at home this season, ending the campaign with a 15-1-1 mark at JOMS.

For the fifth straight match, Ohio State failed to score in the first half, but traded several scoring chances with the Bruins early in the second period before UCLA snapped the scoreless tie on Ursini's converted direct kick. The free kick was a result of a breakaway foul on Ohio State's Emily Francis (So., Alliance, Ohio), who was ejected with a red card after tripping up UCLA's Danesha Adams just outside the 18-yard box. Ursini lined up for the direct kick at the top of the Ohio State circle and fired a shot to the right of OSU keeper Emily Haynam (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) and into the corner of the Buckeye net for the game-winner.

Haynam finished the match with a season-best eight saves, including several impressive stops highlighted by an extended blocked shot on UCLA's Iris Mora between the 6 and 18-yard boxes in the 33rd minute. With the loss, Haynam's record fell to 16-3-2 on the year. Her win total stands as an all-time best by an OSU keeper.

For the match, UCLA outshot the Buckeyes by a 24-12 count, serving as the first team since Ohio State's season-opening loss at Portland (Aug. 27) to outshoot the Buckeyes. Portland recorded a 17-12 advantage in shots en route to their 2-1 victory in Seattle, Wash.

In the waning moments of the match, Lisa Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) unleashed her third shot of the game from the right corner of the 18-yard box, but her strike was blocked by the Bruin backline, ending Ohio State's final scoring chance. The Buckeyes, who also threatened with a corner kick in the 53rd minute, were led offensively Colleen Hoban (Jr., Strongsville, Ohio), who had four shots, and Danielle Dietrich (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio), who added another three. UCLA limited the Buckeyes to just two shots on goal.

The 2004 senior class of Haynam, Kathy Fulk, Jen Heaney, Heather Miller, Emily Gilbert, Paige Harrison, Liz Mumley, Tara Latella and Erica Nollen all competed in their final match for the Scarlet and Gray Saturday. The group finished their careers with 52 wins, three straight appearances in NCAA postseason action and a pair of Big Ten tournament titles.

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UCLA................ 0 1 - 1
OHIO STATE.......... 0 0 - 0

1. 63:45 UCLA Ursini, Caitlin (1) (unassisted) - off direct free kick to left corner

Shots: UCLA 24, OHIO STATE 12
Saves: UCLA 2 (Henderson, Valerie 2), OHIO STATE 8 (Haynam, Emily 8)

Ohio State Postgame Quotes

Lori Walker, head coach
On the loss
"It hurts. We were so close to a goal our seniors set and it's tough to prepare for this moment. It was a hard fought match and I'm very proud of my team for fighting until the last whistle. It was an amazing ride, an amazing season, and its tough to know that it's over. UCLA is very deserving to be moving on, but this game was great for our soccer program."

On UCLA forward Danesha Adams
"She is a great athlete. We recruited her because she's from Ohio, so we knew how good she is. She has great speed with the ball and we knew she was dangerous. I thought we did a good job of containing her in the first half, but she kept coming at us."

On the first half of the match compared to second half
"The first half we were in their zone a lot and in the second half it was the exact opposite. I think Mother Nature played a huge part in that. There was a very stiff wind that didn't allow us to attack in the second half. We tried to keep the ball on the ground and UCLA kept coming at us one-on-one. The strength of our team is playing as a unit, not one-on-one, so give credit to UCLA."

Erica Nollen, senior back
On the game
"If you keep shooting the ball, one will eventually go in. Our hats go off to them. They were all amazing players and we had our hands full."

Emily Haynam, senior goalkeeper
On UCLA's goal of the free kick
"I figured she would come up shooting it and she buried it with a great shot. UCLA came at us hard and got that excellent shot on the free kick. I would just love to do it again."

On the game
"We wanted to come out in the first half and score. When that didn't happen, we still kept on fighting. They got one in and we lost a player, but we always kept fighting. They put up good pressure and came at us for the entire game."

UCLA Postgame Quotes

Jillian Ellis, UCLA head coach
On the win
"We looked at a lot of tape, so we had a good idea on what to expect. Ohio State is a talented team and I give them a lot of credit. I think we have a lot of great players who really know what it takes to get to the next level."

On the windy conditions
"The wind really made things difficult today, but we just kept playing and got it done."

Danesha Adams, freshman forward
On the weather
"The weather really was not a factor because it is actually pretty cold in California right now, the wind was the biggest factor."

On the UCLA fans
"It was really great to have a lot of family at an away game that was so far away. Our fans really gave us a boost."

Caitlin Ursini, sophomore midfielder
On the scoring the game-winning goal
"We have been practicing that type of penalty situation all season. I just did what I have done all year in practice and hit the ball low."

-- Courtesy Ohio State University