Clemson, SC-The Boling sisters, twins Krista and Breana, combined on a
goal for the first time all season, leading UCLA to a 2-1 NCAA women's
soccer tournament victory over Clemson Saturday night at Clemson's Riggs
Field. UCLA now advances to the NCAA Final Four in San Jose, CA with an
18-3-1 record, while Clemson's season ends with a 19-3-1 mark. The Lady
Tigers lost just three games all year, all by one goal to top 15 ranked
UCLA scored the winning goal at the 59:16 mark. Krista Boling
sent a ball from the far right corner of the field toward the Clemson goal.
The ball was deflected by Clemson goal keeper Katie Carson near the right
corner of the goal. Breana Boling controlled the ball and booted the
deflection from point blank range into the Clemson goal. It was the fifth
goal of the year for Breana Boling, a junior from San Jose, CA, who will be
going home along with her sister for the Final Four next week.
Clemson had two opportunities to tie the game, as the Lady Tigers
hit the crossbar twice in the last 16 minutes. First, Heather Beem's shot
from in front 30 yards out, was tipped into the air by UCLA goal keeper
Cici Peterson. The ball hit the cross bar and bounced back on the field,
but Clemson could not score. With just 5:40 left, Allison Mitchell
headed the ball from in front. Again Peterson tipped the ball, it hit the
cross bar and bounded to the right side near the goal. Clemson's Deliah
Arrington was in pursuit, but could not control the ball. UCLA cleared.
UCLA had the upperhand over the first 29 minutes of the contest,
and out-shot Clemson 7-0 during that time frame. Tracey Milburn, UCLA's
second leading scorer, had three shots in the first seven minutes of the
game and had the tempo in the Bruins favor.
UCLA got on the board first at 15:01 of the first half. Stephanie
Rigamat, a junior from La Crescenta, CA picked up a ball that was deflected
by Clemson defender Nancy Augustyniak and chased down the ball on the right
wing. She passed the ball to the opposite wing 20 yards from the goal,
where Lindsay Greco booted the ball past Clemson keeper Katie Carson.
It was just the seventh goal of the year for Greco, and just the 13th goal
allowed by Carson all year. It was Rigamat's 11th assist of the year, best
on the UCLA team.
Carson played hurt most of the night. In the first two minutes of
the game she collided with Rigamat, who was chasing after a lead ball.
Play was stopped while both players recovered from injury. Carson suffered
a left knee injury, but stayed in the contest for the entire 90 minutes.
Clemson tied the match at the 35:39 mark of the first half on a
goal by Deliah Arringon, her 12th score of the season. Clemson's
sophomore striker took a lead pass from Lindsay Browne alluded UCLA keeper
Cici Peterson and scored from the left side. Her shot crossed was a ground
ball that from the left side that landed in the right corner of the goal.
That goal gave Clemson new life. Clemson outshot the Bruins 4-0 over the
last 16 minutes of the half.
Arrington's goal was just the eighth yielded by UCLA all year, and
it was the 12th assist of the season by Browne, the only native of
California (Encinitas) on the Clemson team. Her goal back on August 25th
had given Clemson a 1-0 win over UCLA in the season opener.
Clemson ended its season with a 19-3-1 record, its most successful
season in history. The Lady Tigers, ranked fifth in the NSCAA poll
entering the contest, finished he year with seven wins over top 25 teams,
including six over top 15 teams.
1. UCLA-Lindsay Greco (Stephanie Rigamat), 15:01
2. CLEMSON-Deliah Arrington (Lindsay Browne), 35:39
3. UCLA-Breana Boling (Krista Boling), 59:16
Shots: Clemson 11, UCLA 11
Corner Kicks: Clemson 2, UCLA 4
Saves: Carson (CU) 3, Peterson (UCLA) 8
Fouls: Clemson 9, UCLA 16
Offsides: Clemson 0, UCLA 2
Clemson Head Coach Ray Leone
"You have to give credit to UCLA. This loss hurts. When you
invest so much time and energy into a season it is difficult to take. It
started last year when we lost to North Carolina in the Final Eight. We
started back on August 10th, so it is a long season. I am proud of my
team. We improved to the point where we had the quarterfinals match at
home and that is important. We played hard enough, but we did not play
well enough. UCLA had a lot to do with that.
"Momentum is important in the game of soccer. We had the
momentum and got it back at the end. We had the opportunities, but we just
couldn't score in the end. I thought UCLA took it to us tonight, they
"I was disappointed how we came out early in the game. I don't
know if it would have changed that much because UCLA is an experienced
"UCLA changed a lot over the course of the season. They had two
people starting who were coming off the bench in the season opener. No
one really knew each other in the opener, it was like a preseason game.
They were tall, athletic, a good team.
"I told the team after the game that I was very proud of how they
played the last 15 minutes. They took it to them.
"This team accomplished so much this year. It is heart breaking
that we did not go to the Final Four. The seniors are crying, but when
they look back they will see they accomplished a lot.
UCLA Coach Jillian Ellis
"I want to congratulate Clemson on a great game. It was a very
intense, hard fought game. It was a battle today. We lost to Clemson in
the season opener and after that game I told my team we would be back.
This game could have gone either way, we are happy to be going to the Final
"I wanted this so badly for my team. I really haven't thought
about it personally. I wanted to for my seniors. It is a great reward for
them. I feel fortunate to be able to take this team to the Final Four.
"The Pac 10 is very competitive. We didn't feel pressure as the
only Pac 10 to advance. It is a good conference and hopefully we have
added some credibility to the league.
"We have been getting better and better early in games. We are a
high octane team. To come out and score first gave us confidence that we
could play with them. I was proud of the way we played the first 15
minutes. We played very well early. I told the team if they can keep
playing like that in the second half we can win.
"Having played here earlier in the season was a benefit to our
team. It was important to play on this field earlier. It was a
movtivation for us having lost to them earlier. We felt like the underdog
and I like that role.
"Our goal is to win the National Championship. It does not matter
who we play in the Final Four.