In a showdown between two of the Pac-10's elite teams, top-ranked Stanford kept its undefeated season intact with a 2-0 victory over the No. 3-ranked Bruins before 2,400 fans at Cagan Stadium Sunday.
The Bruins were riding a 22-game Pac-10 winning streak heading into the contest, but suffered their first loss in conference play since 2006.
"We had some good chances," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "It's tough to give up an own goal against such a quality opponent. I think it was tough for us emotionally to recover from that. But I think we played a good match. We just didn't capitalize on our scoring opportunities."
The Cardinal's winning goal in the 71st minute came courtesy of an UCLA own goal following a blocked shot on Stanford's Ali Riley. Riley would also feature prominently in the Cardinal's second goal two minutes later as her cross was headed in by Camille Levin.