Women's Soccer Opens NCAA Tourney with Win

Nov. 12, 2004

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Santa Clara University defeated the University of California 2-1 in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Broncos are the tournament's 16th overall seed, and advanced with Leslie Osborne's team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Broncos improve to 15-4-2. Cal's season ends with an 11-6-3 record.

The 23rd NCAA Championship continues at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday with the second round. Santa Clara will face the winner of the Stanford/Cal Poly contest at noon. Tickets are on sale now: $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, youths and students.

The Broncos allowed their first goal in 594 minutes when Cal scored in the 24th minute. A Bronco defender cleared the ball over the goal, setting up a corner kick. Bear midfielder Chioma Igwe took the corner on the far side, and found Nadia Al-Lami across the goal-mouth for the early score. Al-Lami bested a diving SCU keeper Julie Ryder with a shot into the lower right corner.

Santa Clara saw a strong opportunity to tie the score inside 10 minutes with a free kick off a foul in midfield. Jordan Angeli lofted a perfect serve to Osborne, whose header was just high.

The Broncos stayed strong and tied the match in the final 30 seconds before intermission. Senior forward Megan Kakadelas took a corner kick from the far side and served it across the goal, where sophomore Marian Dalmy scored through traffic. Her goal was her second of the season.

The Broncos followed in the second half with a goal scored in similar fashion. A Bronco was fouled just outside the side of the box, setting up Kakadelas' free kick. Her serve found Osborne, who took a hard-angled header back across the goal for the go-ahead score, her fifth game-winner of the year. It was all the Broncos would need.