UCLA advances to play North Carolina for women’s soccer title

UCLA advances to play North Carolina for women's soccer title

Two relentless crimes. Two teams with just two losses. Two coaches with national championship experience leading a team in their first College Cup. It takes two to tango, but after Friday night, UCLA is still dancing.

The top-seeded Bruins swept No. 1-seed Alabama 3–0 in the College Cup semifinals behind consistent attack and a stout defense that did not allow the Crimson Tide free in the box. Fullback Quincy McMahon recorded a goal and an assist, while center forward Rylin Turner scored a goal on six shots (three on goal). UCLA improved to 3–3–2 all-time at Wakemead Soccer Park.

Alabama striker Riley Mattingly Parker said, “He made some absolute bang runs.” “They were dirty—really upper 90s, like, ‘What are you talking about?’ … You have to give credit where credit is due.

UCLA will play North Carolina for the National Championship on Monday at 3 PM PST. In the other semifinal, North Carolina defeated Florida State, 3–2.

In 2000, UCLA and North Carolina met in the title game, with the Tar Heels winning 2–1.

The Bruins could blow the game open early.

It took a daring move from Alabama to prevent Turner from going head-to-head with Tide keeper McKinley Crone in the sixth minute.

Cron barely deflected two shots from second striker Lexi Wright in the eighth minute. Sunshine Fontes scored a free kick in the 13th minute.

Instead, UCLA went into halftime with a 1–0 lead, courtesy of Turner’s finish off a McMahon crosser. The serve was as good as the Bruins had all night, but as McMahon dribbled toward the goal line, Alabama overshifted, leaving a wide-open net for Turner.

“Our team has a lot of weapons,” said Bruins coach Marguerite Auzasa. “We did an activity once when our team did a scouting report of our own team, and one of the things they had to struggle with was naming key players, because we have a lot of threats. So you saw tonight.

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