Beavers Defeated by No. 3 UCLA in Overtime
LOS ANGELES - The Oregon State women's soccer team tied the score in regulation but No. 3 UCLA took the 2-1 overtime win, Sunday afternoon.
"We stood toe-to-toe with a top-five team and stuck to our game plan," said head coach Matt Kagan. "We were organized, gritty, and we created some good chances. The call at the end was unlucky but I am super proud of our group."
The Bruins started with the ball putting pressure on the Beaver defense. Their first shot came in the sixth minute, but the OSU defense worked UCLA hard, allowing just two shots in the first 20 minutes.
Freshman Amber Jackson made the Beavers' only shot in the first half at the 21-minute mark just before Oregon State notched its first corner kick. Neither Jackson's shot nor the corner kick resulted in a goal.
Keeping up the pressure on both sides, the Bruins got on the board with a goal in the 45th minute, just 50 seconds before the end of the first half.
The Beavers increased their offensive pressure into the second half but could not find a chance until 20 minutes in.
The 67th minute saw junior Sydney Studer head the ball into the middle of the net to tie the score, 1-1. At the 66-minute mark, Oregon State was awarded a corner kick, which senior Kaillen Fried took. Almost passing the goal, redshirt-sophomore Madison Ellsworth headed the ball towards Studer, who finished for the goal.
OSU kept the pressure up but also spent time holding back the Bruins on defense as UCLA outshot OSU, 8-2, in the last 20 minutes in regulation. The Bruins were awarded four corner kicks but could not capitalize on their chances due to the Beavers' defensive efforts.
UCLA took the overtime win with less than one minute left in the first overtime period after being awarded a penalty kick, and Oregon State fell, 2-1.
OSU's defense held strong throughout the game, especially during the Bruins' 10 corner kicks. Facing 17 shots, the defense blocked 12 of those shots while junior Bridgette Skiba earned three saves.
The Beavers will return home to host Arizona and Arizona State on Friday (Mar. 12) and Sunday (Mar. 14), respectively.
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