UCLA and Hawai’i once again displayed their affinity for overtime, but the Bruins still couldn’t outlast the Rainbow Wahine.
Hawai’i spoiled UCLA’s start to conference play with an 8-6 double-overtime win at Spieker Aquatics Center on Thursday night. The Rainbow Wahine did it by scoring the last three goals of the game, despite being down with less than a minute to play in regulation.
When the two teams last met in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play last season, Hawai’i took down UCLA in a thrilling six-overtime match in Honolulu. The match Thursday didn’t last as long, but it did have the same result.
Carmen Eggens led the way for No. 5 Hawai’i (4-2, 2-0 MPSF) and led all scorers with a hat trick. Her first goal helped the Rainbow Wahine jump to a quick 2-0 lead on the No. 3 Bruins (13-2, 0-1).
The teams went back and forth until the third quarter, in which UCLA was held scoreless. But that didn’t doom the Bruins. They took a 6-5 lead on sophomore utility Emily Greenwood’s team-leading second goal with 59 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, but that was the last time they would find the back of the net all night. Hawai’i’s Dagmar Genee tied the game with 21 seconds to play, and Eggens’ goal in the first of two overtime periods sealed the Bruins’ fate.
UCLA heads to Irvine Saturday to compete in the UC Irvine Invitational. The field will include No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 USC, two teams UCLA has yet to beat this year.
Compiled by Ryan Menezes, Bruin Sports senior staff.