Cary, NC – The No. 1-seeded UCLA women’s soccer earned its second National Championship in program history, and No. 120 in UCLA school history, defeating No. 2-seeded North Carolina by a score of 3-2 in double overtime on Monday. evening at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Bruins (22-2-1) trailed 2-0 through 80 minutes of regulation, but scored twice in the final 10 minutes to force overtime. Graduate midfielder Maricarmen Reyes then scored to advance, and finally the winners of the game, the end in 107th* minute off the bounce associate cook shot
In doing so, UCLA became the first team in College Cup history to come back from two goals down to record a win in the title game. UCLA’s Margarita Aozasa She became the first coach in women’s soccer history to win a National Championship in her first year as a head coach, and also became just the fourth female head coach and the second Asian American head coach to win a title.
“That was incredible, I can’t say enough about the trust this team has and the care they have for each other,” Aozasa said. “I think we all felt a rollercoaster of emotions, many times in that game – I cried happy and sad. We said from the beginning of these games that our care and love for each other and the love of this program will be what will lead us, and tonight you saw 2-0 with 10 to have minutes left, to go down the goal with less than a minute left, and to come back and then not to go to PKs but to win in overtime, is something incredibly special and speaks to the character of the whole team.
Reyes’ score capped a furious comeback for UCLA, which dominated the final 30 minutes of the contest.
The goal-scoring streak was initiated on a long possession in the third down and kicked into high gear with the sophomore running back. Quincy McMahon on the left side for Coco to be scourged on the cross. When she returned to the goal, Cook turned and fired in a shot with his right foot. UNC keeper Emmie Allen dove for a shot with her left hand, but it went wide to the right front where Reyes cut and rebounded for a sharp corner.
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UCLA’s Reyes made overtime heroics possible with two clinching goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
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The Bruins went on to score with just 16 seconds left to send the game into overtime. That story started in the corner, as a freshman midfielder Partner Lemos to find a junior forward Reilyn Turner a back post for her 11″th* the end of the year
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Avery Patterson scored two goals in the second half for North Carolina (20-5-1), both of which went well behind the header. She opened the scoring in the game with 59.th* minute, meeting Emily Moxley’s top six cross and re-directing it inside the far post. The Tar Heels doubled their lead at 75th* a minute, receiving a cross at the far post, but headers back across the goal and into the side of the net.
The Bruins had several dangerous dangerous chances that did not result in goals in both the first half and overtime. Most notably, Turner cleared the line with a header about 60 seconds before Reyes’ goal. The shot required a VAR review.
Wright also looks to be a big match in the back end of the game. In 65th*, the loose ball came to him inside the corner of 18, but he could not corrode the ball shot in time. UCLA also had its best chance of the first overtime session, launching a low shot from about 25 yards out that was just deflected by Allen.
Graduate goalkeeper Lawrence Brzykcy Five saves are made at UCLA. Arguably the best of it except in 73. he camerd *s Talia Dellaperuta of UNC had to stop a shot with her left foot.
UCLA had four players selected to the All-Tournament Team, the most of any team in the region. Of those four, Turner was selected as the most outstanding offensive player and sophomore defender Lily Reale while Wright and Lemos were awarded All-Tournament Best XI honors.