NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament: 3 from Pac-12 advance; Arizona, WSU exit
Stanford, UCLA and USC all advanced to the round of 16 on Friday, while Arizona and Washington State both suffered close losses to end their respective seasons.
(2) UCLA 5, Minnesota 0
The Bruins wasted no time deciding this game, knocking in three goals during the first half before sprinkling in two more in the second period just for funsies. Each of UCLA's five goals came from a different Bruin – Chloe Castaneda, Olivia Athens, Hailie Mace, Julia Hernandez and Kennedy Faulknor – making it impossible for the Gophers to zero in on the threat.
Take a look at the second goal of the night, a good lesson in ball security:
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UCLA rolls on to the round of 16, where it will face NC State at 6 p.m. PT on Sunday.
(1) Stanford 4, Ole Miss 1
The defending national champion marches on to the round of 16. We're used to seeing Stanford win by a comfortable margin, but it took the Cardinal until the second half to pull away from Ole Miss. Coming out of halftime tied 1-1, a Naomi Girma header just a few minutes into the second period got things moving on offense. That was her first goal of the season, and it wouldn't be her last: About 15 minutes later, Girma struck again to make it 3-1, Stanford.
Civana Kuhlmann locked up the victory with an insurance goal in the 78th minute, her sixth on the season. Stanford now faces Wisconsin on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT.
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(4) USC 2, LSU 0
The Trojans shut out LSU on Friday in Tallahassee, Florida, posting their 15th clean slate of the season – the second-most in program history. All that defense paired perfectly with USC's two goals, one in the first half by Savannah DeMelo and the other in the second half by Tara McKeown.
You can watch the comprehensive game highlights here, thanks to USC Athletics:
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— USC Women's Soccer (@USC_WSoccer) November 16, 2018
USC moves on to the round of 16 and will play (1) Florida State at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday.
(1) Georgetown 1, Washington State 0
The Cougars' postseason journey came to an end Friday in Washington D.C., falling 1-0 to Georgetown, one of four number-one seeds in the tournament. The Hoyas scored just one goal in the first half courtesy of Meaghan Nally, but that is all they would need as Washington State was unable to get a ball in the back of the net. WSU finishes their season at 13-6-1.
— WSU Cougar Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) November 16, 2018
Tennessee 3, Arizona 2
The Wildcats lost an absolute heartbreaker in Knoxville on Friday, falling to the Volunteers via a Tennessee corner kick. Danielle Marcano converted Katie Cousins' corner kick with just 0:55 left in the match, scoring her second goal of the half to send the Vols on to the round of 16.
Here's a look at the go-ahead goal:
LAST MINUTE HEROICS!
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The 'Cats scored both of their goals just two minutes apart late in the second half to tie it up 2-2: Samantha Falasco with 13 minutes left and Kelcey Cavarra shortly thereafter. Arizona's season comes to a close with a 13-6-2 record.