Los Angeles, Cailf. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team fell to No. 2/2 UCLA 3-0 Friday night at Drake Stadium.
UCLA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 16th minutes when Jenna Richmond played a through ball into the 18, finding teammate Darian Jenkins who slotted the ball near post. In the 33rd minute, UCLA doubled their lead when Lauren Kaskie sent a corner into the box to teammate Sam Mewis, who found the back of the net with her head.
The Beavers held the Bruins at two for the remainder of the first half, with sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme making five solid saves.
In the 75th minute, UCLA’s Taylor Smith and Courtney Proctor worked to send a through ball to teammate Rosie White, who was able to place the ball near post, past the hands of Prudhomme. The Bruins collected a 3-0 win at home, and the Beavers moved to 5-11-2 on the season and 3-5-1 in Pac-12 play.
Prudhomme made 10 saves throughout the match, advancing her total to 89 on the season.
"Tonight our girls played a UCLA team that was outstanding," said Head Coach Linus Rhode. "We played some very good soccer in spells, both defensively and offensively, but they were the better team tonight."
“Tonight we played against the number two team in the nation,” said senior captain Jacy Drobney. “And they played like the number two team in the nation.”
The Beavers now must move on to their next match-up on Sunday: USC.
“The big thing we can take away from this is going back individually and finding ways to improve,” Drobney said. “Our focus is USC and I think it’s important for players to learn from this game, but not to dwell on it.”
"USC will be a different type of game so we will make some tactical adjustments, refocus, and move on," Rhode said.
Oregon State faces USC on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.