Goudy 42pts headCARY — UCLA coach Jillian Ellis was happy to beat her best friend, Princeton coach Julie Shackford. After all, a spot in the NCAA championship game was on the line.
“We realize that one of us had to walk away without the result she wanted,” Ellis said. “I don’t think it was hard because I have so much respect for her.”
Danesha Adams and Bristyn Davis both had goals in the second half and UCLA allowed only three shots, helping the Bruins beat Princeton 2-0 Friday in the semifinals of the Women’s College Cup.
Looking for its first title, UCLA (18-6) advanced to the final for the second time in five years. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson didn’t even have to make a save.
Ellis and Shackford were teammates at William & Mary, and Ellis is the godmother of Shackford’s daughter, Cameron.
“Julie is my dearest friend and we’re both super-competitive, but that’s why we are in the position that we are,” Ellis said. “If it was a day that we didn’t win, I would be happy for her and her program.”
The Bruins will play for the championship against Notre Dame (24-1-1), which beat Santa Clara 1-0 in the second game. Candace Chapman scored the game’s only goal.