[UCLA-SAN DIEGO] UCLA's bad luck in the NCAA Women's Tournament continued as the Bruins fell at home to San Diego, 3-2, in a shootout after their game ended in a 1-1 tie. The result ended UCLA's 30-game winning streak at home in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA reached the Women's College Cup semifinals seven years in a row (2003-09) without winning a title under Coach Jillian Ellis.
B.J. Snow took over for Ellis this year when she moved to U.S. Soccer and led the Bruins to a 15-1-3 record in the regular and a No. 2 ranking in the final Soccer America Top 25.
The Bruins outshot USD, 17-6, and held a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks. Courtney Parsons was huge in goal for the Toreros with six saves.
"The bottom line is that you have to put the ball in the back of the net and not put it into a situation where it goes to penalty kicks where anything can happen," said Snow. "San Diego did a good job of fighting. That early goal was a hard one to come back from. But at the end of the day, what I told the girls was that I was really proud of how they fought back. It showed a lot of character to never give up and to keep fighting until the 110th minute."
San Diego went ahead in the 2nd minute when Stephanie Ochs slipped the ball to Mariah Butera, who gave USD the lead.
The Toreros led until UCLA evened the score in the 80th minute when Abby Dahlkemper crossed the ball to Jenna Richmond, whose shot hit off the far post and bounced in.
USD's win moved it into the round of 16 for the first time. It will play Long Beach State Sunday at Drake Stadium.