The Bruins have had their justifiable share of drama over the previous month, and it could have hit its peak with the Cardinal on the town.
The clock was creeping in direction of 90 minutes, and and not using a objective for both squad, the Bruins had been on observe to play their sixth extra time match in 9 outings.
Just after a throw-in, the ball discovered its option to senior midfielder Maricarmen Reyes deep within the Cardinal’s field. Reyes, who opened the season with targets in back-to-back video games, had scored simply as soon as in her earlier 9 appearances and even left her group for a spell.
Reyes broke her scoreless streak and the scoreless tie with 4 minutes remaining on a volley that introduced the gang of two,176 to their toes.
No. 5 UCLA ladies’s soccer (14-0-3, 6-0-3 Pac-12) held on to win 1-0 in opposition to rival No. 9 Stanford (12-4-1, 6-2-1) in entrance of a offered out Wallis Annenberg Stadium on Thursday night time. It marks two wins in a row over the Cardinal for the Bruins because the former knocked the latter out of the Women’s College Cup semifinals in 2019.
And with the win, UCLA’s probabilities at repeating as convention champions took a significant tick upwards.
Freshman defender Quincy McMahon despatched her integral throw-in to freshman ahead Lexi Wright, who one-timed it into the field because the 86th minute grew to become the 87th. The go discovered its option to junior ahead Mia Fishel, and after Fishel popped it up and redirected it in direction of the middle, Reyes fired it by visitors into the underside left nook of the objective.
“I was just ready for that shot,” Reyes instructed Pac-12 Networks after the match. “We needed a goal, the game was about to end. So I’m looking and blessed to be there.”
Reyes has now scored 4 targets on the season, three of which have been game-winners.
Part of the rationale Reyes hadn’t scored for the Bruins within the month of October getting into Thursday was as a result of she spent a number of weeks away from UCLA competing for Team Mexico.
“It’s great to be back with the Bruins and get this for them,” Reyes stated.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy finally gained the battle on the opposite aspect of the pitch, posting her first clear sheet since Sept. 24 and first shutout win since Sept. 19.
UCLA had a string of eight consecutive shutouts after its season opener, however allowed not less than one objective in every of its final seven matches heading into Thursday. Brzykcy did not let that development proceed at residence in entrance of a packed crowd, as a substitute saving all 4 photographs that got here her manner.
For as good as Brzykcy was on the stat sheet, she want a bit of assist from her again line in an effort to safe the clear sheet.
In the thirty fourth minute, Stanford was placing collectively its greatest likelihood of the primary half after they despatched a deep go to the highest of the field following a nook kick that had been cleared by UCLA. Brzykcy made it out to the ball and punched it up excessive, then crawled ahead and slapped it away from a Cardinal attacker.
The ball trickled out to a large open midfielder, Katie Duong, who chipped it in direction of an open web with Brzykcy 15 yards off the road. Junior defender Kylie Kerr had backtracked into objective, nevertheless, and she or he linked on a leaping header that obtained the ball again into Brzykcy’s arms.
Stanford put collectively another scoring alternatives within the 53rd, fifty fifth and 79th minutes as effectively, just for Brzykcy to close them down every time.
UCLA, then again, didn’t report a shot on objective till the 67th minute. Reyes almost gave the Bruins a second half lead within the 74th, however that try was finally saved.
Reyes greater than made up for the missed alternative when she tucked one in as time winded down, solidifying her return to the lineup and locking within the head-to-head rivalry victory for the Bruins within the course of.
UCLA will get again on the sphere for a Senior Day contest in opposition to Cal on Sunday at 2 p.m. If the Bruins can handle enterprise in that one, the sport in opposition to USC on Nov. 5 will seemingly resolve the Pac-12 champion.