UCLA Remains Unbeaten after 2-0 Win at San Diego State
San Diego, Calif. – Unbeaten UCLA recorded its eighth-straight victory and seventh-straight shutout with a 2-0 win at San Diego State on Sunday night.
Junior forward Mia Fishel once again shined in her hometown, scoring the game-winner in the 10th minute. Fishel, who three days earlier scored both goals in a 2-0 win at San Diego, recorded her seventh goal of the year on a rebound after Brianne Riley's shot was blocked. Fishel collected the rebound in front of goal and slotted it into bottom left corner past Aztec goalkeeper Alexa Madueno. Riley was credited with the assist, her second of the season.
The Bruins (8-0) continued to be dangerous in the first half and had a few good chances to double the lead. In the 36th minute, Reilyn Turner had a 1v1 opportunity against Madueno, but the Aztec goalkeeper leaped to stop Turner's shot, and in the 40th minute, Turner's far post shot missed just wide. The Bruins also had a chance in the waning seconds of the first half, with two attempts at a loose ball in the box, but Madueno saved Michaela Rosenbaum's final shot just before the halftime whistle.
UCLA found the much-desired second goal in the second half when Turner connected on an unassisted goal at 71:38, finding an opening at the near post after a clearance attempt by the Aztecs bounced right to her at the edge of the penalty box. The goal was Turner's seventh of the year and put her back into a tie with Fishel for the team lead.
The Bruin defense, led by starters Riley, Madelyn Desiano, Kylie Kerr and Lilly Reale, was stellar once again, allowing just one shot on goal and three shots overall while recording their seventh shutout of the season. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy added another 90 minutes to her shutout streak, which now stands at 687 consecutive minutes. She had one save to keep her goals against average at 0.00.
UCLA, the reigning Pac-12 champions, will open conference play at home on Friday, Sept. 24 against Oregon at 7pm. The match will be televised live on Pac-12 Network.