UCLA's string of College Cup final four appearances has ended at seven. The Bruins were booted from the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament Friday night by No. 1 Stanford, which is just one victory from a repeat trip to the College Cup.
Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School) scored her 24th and 25th goals of the season as the Cardinal (21-0-2) romped to a 3-0 triumph. They'll be home for next weekend's quarterfinal against Florida State (15-5-1) or Marquette (16-4-3), who face off Saturday.
UCLA's campaign ends at 13-8-2.
Stanford, which won the regular-season meeting, 2-0, after knocking out the Bruins in overtime in last year's NCAA semifinals, went ahead on a fifth-minute own goal, and Press doubled the advantage in the 29th minute off a feed from Camille Levin (Newport Beach/Tarbut V'Torah School) and added the third in the 60th.
Press on Thursday was selected Top Drawer Soccer's national Player of the Year after sharing the Web site's honor with then-teammate Kelley O'Hara last year.
In another game, Boston College routed West Virginia, 4-0, to advance to a quarterfinal next weekend against the winner of Saturday's UC Irvine-Washington game.
REDLANDS' RUN OUT: Redlands stunning postseason run finally ended Friday morning, falling victim to two early goals in an NCAA Division III third-round clash at Hardin-Simmons.
Brittany Vacca scored from corner kicks in the third and 12th minutes, and the second-ranked Cowgirls (22-0-0) posted a 2-0 victory in Abilene, Texas. They'll meet seventh-ranked Emory, Ga. (16-1-4), which beat Wheaton, Ill., on penalties, in a quarterfinal Saturday.
Redlands was an improbable NCAA tournament team. The Bulldogs (12-10-0) upset Cal Lutheran and Occidental to win the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, knocked off Chapman in an NCAA opener, then stunned Cal Lutheran again in the second round.
NIRSA: UCLA was ousted on penalty kicks Friday night, but UC Santa Barbara advanced to the semifinals in the women's championship flight at the NIRSA soccer event in Phoenix for college club sides.
The Bruins edged Virginia, 1-0, in the round of 16 but fell to Texas after a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals. UCSB routed Cornell, 4-0, and reached the final four when Florida forfeited. The Gauchos will face Penn State on Saturday morning, with the final slated for the afternoon.
UCLA's men reached the semifinals of the championship flight's consolation bracket by routing Penn, 5-0. The Bruins meet Colorado State on Saturday morning, with the consolation final following.