With her team down 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the national title game, the camera panned to Margueritte Aozasa.
The first-year UCLA women’s soccer coach had a calm and collected look as it appeared her team’s magical season was coming to an end.
Last season, the second-seeded Bruins walked off the field in tears after being upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
A year later, they are set to play in the national championship game against the most storied program in women’s college soccer history.
A four-year starter at one of the top soccer programs in the country? Check.
A multiple-time national champion as an assistant coach? Check.
A rookie head coach leading the top-ranked team in the nation?
This post was updated Nov. 13 at 11:45 p.m.
Last season, UCLA entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed and was defeated in the first round.
This year, the blue and gold started its postseason a little differently.
After not finding the back of the net in 90 minutes against the Anteaters in 2021, it took the Bruins 39 seconds to get on the board Friday night.
This post was updated Nov. 3 at 11:55 p.m.
No. 1 UCLA women’s soccer (17-1, 9-1 Pac-12) will face off against crosstown rival No. 14 USC (11-2-3, 7-1-2) on the last day of the regular season for a chance at winning the Pac-12 title.
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