UCLA, Utah Tie 1-1
LOS ANGELES - No. 3 UCLA and Utah played to a 1-1 tie on Thursday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium. The Bruins scored the first goal in the 39th minute but gave up the equalizer in the 41st and were unable to capitalize on a penalty kick in overtime to win.
UCLA (10-0-2, 2-0-2 in the Pac-12) got on the board at 38:36 on a goal by senior Kennedy Faulknor, her first of the season. After a free kick, Quincy McMahon sent a ball into a crowded box that went off the foot of a Utah defender right to Faulknor, who slotted a shot past goalkeeper Chelsea Peterson for the goal.
The Bruins' lead was short-lived, however, as Utah (5-5-3, 0-2-2) tied it up a minute and a half later on a set piece. Kylee Geis tapped it to Haley Farrar, who then laid it in front of Courtney Talbot. UCLA goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy got a piece of the shot, but Talbot's left-footed rocket had too pace, and the Utes got right back into the game on the equalizer.
In the second half, the Bruins were victimized by the right post in 53rd minute on a shot by Marley Canales and by the crossbar in the 54th minute on a Maricarmen Reyes shot. Faulknor missed earning her second goal of the game in the 55th minute on a shot that missed just wide. UCLA also had a flurry of chances in the final 30 seconds of regulation, with two corner kicks but were unable to score before time expired.
UCLA nearly ended it in the first overtime period when Reilyn Turner was taken down in the box in the 99th minute, but Canales' penalty kick was saved by Peterson, and McMahon's rebound shot hit the right post.
The Bruins totaled 21 shots in the game while holding Utah to eight. Peterson made saves on seven shots, while Brzykcy had four saves. UCLA also held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.
UCLA, whose unbeaten streak improves to 19 games, will next host Colorado on Sunday at Noon.