CARY, NC UCLA’s first-seeded women’s soccer team won its second National Championship in program history and 120th in UCLA history, after beating second-seeded North Carolina by a margin. 3-2 in double extra time on Monday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Bruins (22-2-1) took a 2-0 lead in 80 minutes of regular play, but scored twice in the last 10 minutes to force injury time. graduate midfielder Maricarmen Reyes then scored the first goal, and finally the winning goal in the 107th minuteorder minutes off a recovery of a Allied Chef shoot.
With this result, UCLA became the first team in College Cup history to come back from a two-goal lead to win the title match. by UCLA Margueritte Aozasa became the first coach in NCAA women’s soccer history to win the National Championship in their first year as head coach, and also became the fourth female head coach and head coach of American descent. The second runner-up won the title.
“It’s unbelievable, I can’t say enough about the faith this team has and the care they have for each other,” Aozasa said. “The roller coaster of emotions that I think we all feel, I cried so many times during that match – happy and sad. We said from the very beginning of these knockouts that the our care and love for each other and love for this show will be what gets us through, and you saw it tonight. 2-0 down with 10 minutes left, being one goal behind with less than a minute left, and coming back and then not even PK but winning in stoppage time, is something very special and it speaks volumes about his character. whole team.”
Reyes’ score marked a furious comeback for UCLA, which dominated the final 30 minutes of the competition.
The scoring sequence began with long possession in the attacking third, and began to take hold when the second defender left. Quincy McMahon make a cross from the left for Cook. With her back to goal, Cook was able to turn around and land a shot with her right foot. UNC goalkeeper Emmie Allen dived and left-handed shot, but it missed the right post, where Reyes sprinted and saved a shot into a sharp corner.
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UCLA made Reyes’ stoppage-time heroics possible with a pair of dangerous goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
sophomore Lexi Wright was the first to score, giving the Bruins the lead in the 80th minuteorder. That game started with a long free-kick into the box, initially headed out by a UNC defender but headed for the senior striker. sunshine font above the box. Fontes first hit a loose ball from the penalty area, and she did enough that Allen couldn’t get close to his ball, allowing Wright to make a rebound volley before it hit the ball. touch the ground.
The Bruins continued to score with just 16 seconds left to send the game into extra time. That match was played from a corner, with the freshman midfielder Allied Lemos looking for junior striker Reilyn Turner in the next post give her 11order goal of the year.
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Avery Patterson scored two goals in the second half for North Carolina (20-5-1), both from close range headers. She opened the scoring of the game at 59order minutes, met an Emily Moxley cross at the top of six and redirected it into the post. She doubled the lead for Tar Heels at 75order minutes, he received a cross from the far post but headed back into the net and went into the net.
The Bruins had some dangerous scoring opportunities but failed to score, in both the second half and in injury time. Most notably, Turner had a header from close range in front of Reyes’ goal for about 60 seconds. The shot requires a VAR review.
Wright also has a great pair of looks in the latter part of the game. in 65order, she had a loose ball come to her in a corner in round 18, but she couldn’t block the bouncing ball in time to make a shot. She also had UCLA’s best chance in extra time, landing a low shot from about 25 yards that was shoved out by Allen.
Graduation goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy made five saves for UCLA. Arguably her best save was in the 73rd minuterankwhen she had to save a left-footed shot from UNC’s Talia Dellaperuta.
UCLA has four players selected to the All-round Team, the most of any team in the country. Out of those four, Turner was chosen as the Best Attacker and second defender Lilly Reale was named Defensive Player of the Year while Wright and Lemos both won the All-Star XI title.