NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Adele Young (Sr., Long Beach, Calif.) made her only goal of the game count as she buried a feed from the wings with 1:13 left in regulation to give No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles a 7-6 win against No. 8 Arizona State University in the final opening round game of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The victory places UCLA into a 9:00 a.m. showdown with No. 1 ranked, three-time defending National Champion and Pacific Coast Division champion California Polytechnic State University on Saturday, May 7 at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. It will mark the third time the two Pacific Coast Division clubs have met this season as UCLA, the Pacific Coast Division runner-up, fell to the Mustangs 6-5 and 8-2 in regular season and division title game play, respectively.
Arizona State, the Southwest Division champion, falls into the consolation bracket as the Sun Devils will face Miami University (Ohio) at 9:50 as ASU attempts to win out and finish ninth in the 16-team field.
In a back-and-forth match, UCLA need strong defense from goalie Rachel Bone (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) and timely scoring by Young and Desiree Wilson (Sr., La Verne, Calif.) to rally from a 6-5 hole at the end of the third period to rally for the win.
Down one with seven minutes to play, Bone turned in four of her Player of the Game earning 10 saves down the stretch to hamper the Sun Devils' offense while Young and Wilson got hot from inside five meters.
With 3:16 on the clock and the ASU defense pressing down to force a shot, Wilson delivered her second strike of the day as she beat goalie Kaitlyn Morris (Sr., Fremont, Calif.) with a rifle shot for the equalizer.
Nearly two minutes later, Young punched in the deciding factor as she swept a shot inside the post to give UCLA its first lead since a 2-1 advantage witth 3:07 left in the first period.
The game started out all UCLA as the Bruins received back-to-back man-up goals from Erika Jenkins (Gr., Burbank, Calif.) at 5:28 and 4:49 to jump out to a 2-0 advantage.
However, ASU chipped away at the deficit for the remainder of the frame as Sara McDaniel (Fr., Okemos, Mich.) and Madison Pinto (So., Orange, Calif.) found the back of the cage at even-strength with 3:07 and 1:07, respectively, left on the game clock. The Sun Devils jumped out to the lead less than a minute later when Lexi Anderson (Jr., Upland, Calif.) cocked and fired a shot past Bone with 18 seconds on the clock to put Arizona State in front 3-2.
The margin expanded to 4-2 17 seconds into the second period when Elyssa Salcido (So., Houston, Texas) netted her lone marker of the day, but the Bruins came out of their winter slumber with tallies by Jenkins and Wilson at 5:40 and 1:08, respectively, to tie the game at 4-to-4 by halftime.
Both teams found the back of the cage to begin the third period as Anderson converted on a man-up chance at 6:25 and Jenkins added her fourth goal of the contest at 5:12 to keep the game knottted at 5-5.
ASU jumped out in front prior to the end of the period whistle when Pinto pinpointed a shot into the cage with 4:58 glowing from the Coach Dennis Stark '47, '49 scoreboard to give the Sun Devils' a narrow one marker lead and set up Young, Bone and Wilson's heroics in the climatic fourth period.
For ASU, Morris contributed nine saves in the near upset, while Anderson and Pinto finished with a team-high two goals apiece.
|No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles
|No. 8 Arizona State University
ASU Goals: Lexi
Anderson (2); Madison Pinto (2); Elyssa Salcido; Sara
UCLA Goals: Erika Jenkins (4); Desiree Wilson (2); Adele Young
Saves: ASU - Kaitlyn Morris (9) ; UCLA - Rachel Bone (10)
Exclusions: ASU - 10 ; UCLA - 7
Advantage Opportunities: ASU - 2-for-7 ; UCLA - 3-for-10
Sprints: ASU - 4-for-4 ; UCLA - 0-for-4
Officials: Perry Korbakis, Scott Voltz
UCLA's Erika Jenkins defends
Arizona State University's Stephanie Funston