WNT Sep 26, 2009
One day. Two games. Two fields. Two teams. Four goals. One hot day, in more ways than one for Lauren Cheney, who had a pretty good Friday. After playing 90 minutes yesterday morning in some sweltering heat during the U.S. WNT scrimmage, a showered, fed, and somewhat rested but still fatigued Cheney headed to The Valley where her college team, the UCLA Bruins, were taking on Cal-State Northridge. When Cheney started WNT training camp last Monday, she had not planned on playing in this weekend's games for the Bruins, but injuries and a red card in the last match to star striker Sydney Leroux had left UCLA a bit short-handed. With UCLA leading 1-0, Cheney came into the match with 20 minutes left in the first half and doubled her team's lead with a header goal just two minutes before halftime! It was her fifth goal of the season. And oh yeah, it was 104 degrees in The Valley, which of course should come as no surprise if you've ever been there. With the match well in hand, Cheney did not play in the second half. Cheney will not be playing at UC Santa Barbara this Sunday as the U.S. team has more scrimmages at the same time, which is good news for the Gauchos, who won't have to worry about her adding to her weekend total. The bad news? Leroux, the Golden Ball winner (MVP) of the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup for the USA, will be back in uniform. Speaking of college soccer, WNT midfielder Tobin Heath and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris missed UNC's 2-1 overtime victory over Duke on Thursday and of course will miss Sunday's clash with Wake Forest, but the Tar Heel duo will leave training camp a few days early and fly directly to Boston when UNC takes on the streaking Eagles next Thursday, followed by a Sunday match-up at Virginia Tech.