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UCLA, Oregon Play to Scoreless Draw

Sep 24, 2021
Olivia Athens

LOS ANGELES – In a battle of two unbeaten squads, No. 3 UCLA and Oregon remained unbeaten, playing to a scoreless draw in front of 2,085 fans at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

The Ducks (5-0-4) played aggressively against the Bruins (8-0-1) in the first half, challenging goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy on three shots, all of which were saved. Brzykcy stopped a pair of long-distance shots, by Zoe Hasenauer in the 19th minute and Alice Barbieri in the 42nd minute, and handled a Lexi Romero shot at the six in the 44th minute. The Bruins had just two shots in the first half, both long-distance shots by Marley Canales.

The Bruins picked things up immediately in the second half, with Mia Fishel heading a great cross from Quincy McMahon just wide at 45:52. McMahon herself had an open look from distance in the 58th minute but missed wide. On a corner kick in the 60th minute, the Bruins had a pair of shots in front of goal, but Reilyn Turner's volley was saved, and Fishel's follow-up shot on the rebound was also saved by Leah Freeman. In the 69th minute, Lilly Reale hit Sunshine Fontes, who got ahead of the Duck defense but was stuffed by Freeman.

Oregon's best chance came in the 82nd minute when Eden Hardy crossed across the box to Ally Cook in front of goal, but Brzykcy was in a perfect position to make the save.

Defense won the day in the overtime period, as only one shot was recorded, a last-ditch shot from range by Olivia Athens in the final 10 seconds.

Brzykcy finished with four saves on eight Oregon shots, while Freeman had six saves on 14 UCLA shots. Brzykcy has yet to allow a goal this season, and the Bruins have shut out eight straight opponents. 

The draw extends UCLA's unbeaten streak to 16 games but snaps the Bruins' win streak at eight. Oregon is unbeaten in its last 11 games. UCLA will next play at Arizona on Thursday, Sept. 30.