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Soccer falls to UCLA in regular season finale

November 08, 2010

The Arizona State women's soccer team was defeated by UCLA 3-0 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams before a Senior Day crowd of 705 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

After exploding for three goals in a shutout win over USC on Friday night, the Sun Devils (9-7-3, 3-4-1 Pac-10) were unable to produce any scoring strikes against the Bruins (12-7-1, 5-4-0 Pac-10) on Sunday.

ASU found itself playing from behind for nearly the entire game as the Bruins got on the scoreboard in the third minute when junior forward Sydney Leroux got under a free kick from teammate Lauren Barnes and connected on a header in front of the Sun Devil goal.

The Sun Devils nearly tied the game early in the second half on a header by Devin Marshall, but the freshman forward's falling attempt was high. It was the first of two headers by Marshall that nearly produced goals for the Sun Devils on Sunday.

Leroux would extend UCLA's lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute when her shot through a small window of closing Sun Devil defenders found the back of the net.

The Bruins would add a final goal in the 67th minute to make the final count 3-0.

For the game the Sun Devils had advantages in shots (11-7) and corner kicks (8-5), however outside of Marshall's headers, were unable to create dangerous opportunities similar to the ones that jumpstarted their offense on Friday night.

Sunday's game was the final home game for seniors Alexandra Elston, Lindsey Johns, Jessie Richardson, Jill Shoquist and Karin Volpe, who were honored in a ceremony prior to the game.

ASU will now await word on its postseason destiny when the NCAA announces its 64-team field on Monday at 2:30 p.m. MT on ESPNU.