No. 8 USC Women's Soccer Falls on the Road at No. 3 UCLA
WESTWOOD, Calif. – The No. 10 USC women's soccer team dropped its regular-season finale to No. 3 UCLA on the road Friday night, falling 3-1 to the Bruins.
A sluggish start put the visitors behind 2-0 early and the Trojans were unable to overcome the deficit, finishing the regular season with a 13-3-2 overall record and 8-1-2 Pac-12 mark. It was the first loss for the Trojans since Aug. 26 at BYU, snapping a 15-match unbeaten streak. UCLA closes the regular season 16-0-3 overall and 8-0-3 in conference action.
The Bruins scored off a corner in the 18th minute and then added a second goal just over five minutes later to take the 2-0 advantage into the break.
The Trojans had the bulk of the scoring chances in the second half and finally broke through when Hannah White drew a penalty in the area and Penelope Hocking converted the kick. USC couldn't find another, however, and UCLA added a third goal when Marley Canales' 83rd minute corner kick went in.
USC owned a 5-1 shot advantage in the second half and 3-1 corner kick edge.
18' – UCLA: Reilyn Turner (unassisted) – The Bruins sent in a corner and after bouncing around in the box, Turner poked it home near the far left post.
23' – UCLA: Olivia Athens (assisted by Mia Fishel, Reilyn Turner) – Turner sent a quick pass into Fishel in the area and Fishel sent another quick pass to Athens, who popped it over a USC defender and then over Anna Smith for the goal.
78' – USC: Penelope Hocking (PK) – Hannah White dribbled into the area and was taken down to draw the penalty. Hocking converted for her 10th goal of the year.
83' – UCLA: Marley Canales (unassisted) – Canales sent a corner kick in that curved inside the far post.
The Trojans await their postseason draw on Monday's NCAA selection show. The selection show can be seen at 1:30 pm PT on NCAA.com.
— USC Women's Soccer (@USC_WSoccer) November 6, 2021