Junior forward Reilyn Turner celebrates with her teammates. Turner scored the equalizing goal in the 89th minute of the national championship. (Christine Kao/Daily Bruin staff)
Throughout the season, set pieces have been the bane of the Bruins’ existence, according to coach Margueritte Aozasa.
However, in the national championship match Monday, it was the very play that saved them.
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.
High-stakes games in North Carolina are nothing new for the Bruins in 2022.
The last time No. 1 seed UCLA women’s soccer (20-2-1, 9-2 Pac-12) traveled to the Tar Heel state, it returned as the No.
This post was updated Nov. 27 at 9:32 p.m.
The Bruins are College Cup bound.
No. 1 seed UCLA women’s soccer (20-2-1) defeated No. 3 seed Virginia (16-4-3) in a 2-1 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Wallis Annenberg Stadium on Saturday.
This post was updated Nov. 21 at 12:26 a.m.
The Bruins learned their lesson.
After tallying two losses to Stanford and USC at the hands of set piece goals, the blue and gold was determined to never allow another such point again.
On a brisk November night in Westwood, UCLA and UCF women’s soccer both brought the heat.
In the second round of the NCAA tournament, No.1 seed UCLA (18-2-1) ultimately defeated UCF (9-2-7) at Wallis Annenberg Stadium, taking the Bruins to the third round of the NCAA tournament.
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