&embedWOMEN'S NEWS ... Canadian international Kara Lang's college career is over following the season-ending knee injury she suffered Friday in UCLA's 2-0 win at Cal State Northridge. She was marking Northridge's Heidi Farran when she fell down, re-tearing the ACL in her right knee. The Oakville, Ont., native suffered a similar injury prior to her sophomore year at UCLA and was forced to redshirt the entire 2006 season.
At 22, Lang is already second all-time on the Canadian national team in scoring with 33 goals in 86 games. She debuted for Canada at the age of 15 and played all six games for Canada a year later at the 2003 Women's World Cup. She was the subject of an intense recruiting battle and finally settled on UCLA.
Lang set UCLA freshman records for both goals (17) and assists (6) in 2005 and had eight goals in the NCAA Tournament. After coming back from knee surgery, she played for Canada in the 2007 Women's World Cup and 2008 Olympics but never had the impact many expected she would at UCLA, where she had 15 goals and 13 assists over the last two-plus seasons.
"I feel extremely sorry for Kara to have suffered this type of injury during her senior year," said UCLA coach Jillian Ellis. "She is a vital part of this program and I know she will continue to be with us and support this team in some capacity the rest of the season. Kara is a strong individual, and I have full confidence that she will rebound from this injury and continue to have a successful soccer career."
-- Rachel Yepez, who had three goals and two assists for LSU in SEC wins over ranked Georgia (6-0) and Tennessee (5-1), heads this week's Soccer America Women's Team of the Week.
* MONDAY'S RESULT:
NJIT 1 Iona 2 (OT)
(Gabriella D'Aprile scores on breakaway with 48 seconds remaining in first overtime.)
* COMEBACK KIDS.As Lang did, Brittany Taylor and Jessica Diakun have come back from knee injuries. After missing the 2008 season, Taylor and Diakun have returned and helped Connecticut, which missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, off to a No. 17 ranking in this week's Soccer America Women's Top 25.
Quiet no more ...