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UCLA Rallies to Beat Stanford 2-1 in OT

Apr 11, 2021
Celebrating the Pac-12 Championship and an OT victory at Stanford

Stanford, Calif. - With the Pac-12 Championship already clinched two days earlier, No. 4 UCLA checked another one off its list, ending a seven-game losing streak against Stanford with a 2-1 overtime victory.

The Bruins trailed 1-0 on a Samantha Williams goal in the 55th minute but tied it up in the 77th minute on a Reilyn Turner goal and then won the game less than a minute into overtime on senior Delanie Sheehan's golden goal.

The victory was UCLA's first against Stanford since the 2014 season and the first on Stanford's home field since an overtime victory in 2013.

Stanford got on the board first after a scoreless first half when Williams lofted a shot from the right corner that Michaela Rosenbaum got a foot on, but the ball snuck over UCLA goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy's reach and just under the crossbar and in.

Brzykcy kept it a one-goal game with a series of reflex stops in the 74th minute, first coming off her line to stop a Maya Doms through ball before it could get to Civana Kuhlmann and then scrambling back to save the rebound shot by Belle Briede. The save proved to be crucial, as just three minutes later, Turner equalized with a close-range one-time shot off a Sheehan cross. The goal was Turner's ninth of the season.

UCLA wasted no time in putting the Cardinal away in overtime. In the first minute of extra time, Turner sent a cross into a crowded box for Sunshine Fontes, who got a foot on it. Her shot was kick-saved by Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer and rebounded out to Sheehan, who slotted it between Meyer and a defender for the game-winner.

With the victory, UCLA improves to 12-1-1, 9-1-0 in conference play. Stanford drops to 5-6-2, 4-4-1.

UCLA will wrap up the regular season at USC on Friday, April 16 at 4pm in the Los Angeles Coliseum.