College Soccer Saturday: Bruins-Trojans Showdown Looms & More

No, not today’s pointy-ball game.

UCLA and USC will meet in the semifinals of the women’s soccer final four for the first time ever Dec. 7 in Texas after the Bruins beat Portland 3-2 at chilly Drake Stadium Friday night in a double overtime thriller and the Trojans improbably won 1-0 on the road in usually virtually impregnable West Virginia.

Freshman Kasey Johnson of Sierra Madre must feel she’s living a dream, having scored the winner for USC for the second consecutive game.

Forward Danesha Adams, who scored the Bruins’ winning goal sounded giddy:

To get that goal at the end was an amazing feeling, said Adams, who tied the UCLA career record for game-winning goals with her 25th. Its my senior year and I dont want to go home. I dont want this to ever end. I want to always wear this UCLA Bruin jersey.

UCLA Coach Jill Ellis was proud of the way her team came back from the confidence-battering tying goal so close to the final whistle in regulation:

Giving up that goal feels gut-wrenching, she said. But to come back, thats the greatest lesson for these guys at this point. They showed that they can bounce back. I told them before the overtime period, that we just controlled the second half of the game and now we have to finish it. This was tremendous.

Over in New Zealand, the David Beckham-led Galaxy disposed of the Wellington Phoenix, 4-1.

Two vastly differing reactions are available including this soccer version from an enthusiastic AP writer infatuated with Becks the player (although he does get Galaxy striker Carlos Pavon’s last name wrong).

The writer from the New Zealand Herald seems more infatuated with the crowd’s reaction to Beckham’s chest than the game.

The two reports contradict each other over whether the game sold out, too.

Lastly, here are the highlights of the visit from a locals’ perspective.

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  • Nellie

    That AP writer clearly did not watch the Galaxy-Wellington game. He completely botched the descriptions of Mathis’ goal and Pavon’s goal.

    On Mathis’ goal, Becks passed to Donovan, who chested it down and dribbled in the box, shot the ball and it deflected to Mathis, who shot it in.

    On Pavon’s goal, Becks sent a long pass to Donovan, who handled the ball deftly just outside the box on the left side, then crossed the ball to Mathis on the right, who shot under the keeper and it rolled to Pavon, who tapped it in from 2 feet out. I have no idea where that writer came up with his description of Becks turning two defenders and laying the ball off to Pavon – must have been in his imagination.