UCLA 1-0 USC: Larsen leads the way

November 22, 2008

Kristina Larsen's goal in the 13th minute helped the top-seeded UCLA women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded USC in the NCAA Round of 16 at Drake Stadium. With the win, UCLA (21-0-2) advances to host third-seeded Duke (15-5-3) next Saturday in the NCAA Quarterfinals at 7:00 p.m.

"It's just sweet to go to the quarterfinals," said UCLA coach Jillian Ellis. "We knew we had the toughest third round match in the country. USC is a very good team. It's a big win for us. We're just thrilled to be moving on."

The Bruins outshot USC 17-6 in the game, and almost had a second goal when Christina DiMartino fired a shot off the underside of the crossbar in the 66th minute.

UCLA broke the school record for shutouts in a season on Saturday, posting its 19th of the year. The old record was 18 set by the 2005 team that advanced to the NCAA Final. The Bruins continue to lead the country in goals allowed, surrendering just four in 23 matches.