The top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team cruised to a 6-1 victory over third-seeded Duke before 1,797 fans at Drake Stadium in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. With the win, the Bruins (22-0-2) advance to their sixth straight College Cup and will meet North Carolina next Friday in Cary, NC.
"It's just clicking for us right now," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis of her team's effort on Saturday. "I thought all 11 players stepped up and were committed tonight. And I'm not just talking about the starters. This was a complete team effort, and I'm just so happy that we were able to advance to another College Cup."
UCLA opened the scoring early in the fifth minute on a strike by senior McCall Zerboni. After the Blue Devils equalized in the 14th minute through KayAnne Gummersall, UCLA went on a rampage.
The Bruins showed no signs of being rattled, scoring two more goals in the half to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission. Junior Lauren Cheney put UCLA ahead 2-1 by heading in a corner kick from Lauren Wilmoth in the 18th minute. That goal was followed by a brilliant strike by Christina DiMartino in the 44th minute, as she scored on a 30-yard blast just before halftime.
UCLA outshot Duke 16-3 in the first half and scored three more unanswered goals after the break. Junior Kristina Larsen netted twice, scoring her team-leading 12th and 13th goals of the season. Sophomore Dana Wall capped the scoring for UCLA in the 72nd minute, sending in her first goal of the season following a cross from freshman Summer Williams.
"We got very hesitant tonight," said Duke head coach Robbie Church. "We gave up more set play goals that we have all year. A lot of that goes to UCLA's experience. I've seen a lot of the teams in the Final Four and this UCLA team is as good a team as I've seen in the country. I wouldn't bet against them next week in Cary."