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No. 3 UCLA Stuns No. 1 USC, 11-10

Feb 13, 2022
Abbi Hill and Maddie Musselman (pictured) both had hat tricks in the win over USC.

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SAN DIEGO -- No. 3 UCLA (15-0) used a strong third period and some late game-winning heroics to upset No. 1 USC (7-1), 11-10, on Sunday night to win the Triton Invitational. The Bruins improved to 53-36 all-time against the Trojans. UCLA now has the longest active winning streak in the nation at 15 games. California is second with 12, dating back to last year.

The Bruins were led by hat tricks from redshirt senior Maddie Musselman and junior Abbi Hill. It marked the first hat trick of the season for Hill, who also added one assist to pace the Bruins' offense with four points. Senior Val Ayala also contributed four points (two goals and two assists). Musselman's shot from two meters with 0:23 to go and the game tied at 10-10, proved to be the game-winning goal.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Georgia Phillips got the start in the cage and went the distance, registering 12 saves while allowing 10 goals.

Tilly Kearns and Bayley Weber each scored hat tricks to lead the Trojans.

PERIOD ONE
> UCLA outscored USC 4-3 in the opening period.
> The Bruins started out strong at set, netting goals from two meters from senior Ava Johnson (7:03), senior Katrina Drake (3:08), and Hill (1:44).
> Musselman scored her first of the contest from the front court (0:48) to put the Bruins up 4-2.
> Grace Tehaney scored a power play goal for the Trojans (0:11) to end the scoring in the first.
 
PERIOD TWO
> USC won the second period, 3-1.
> After the Trojans fourth-straight goal gave USC a 6-4 lead, Hill struck the back of the net from the front court for her second goal to end scoring in the second period (0:34).
> UCLA trailed 6-5 at the break.
 
PERIOD THREE
> The Bruins turned the tables on the Trojans, winning the third period, 3-1.
> Ayala's first goal came on a power play (5:35) to tie the game at 6-6 and then Musselman's power play goal gave the Bruins the lead (1:05).
> After the Trojans tied it at 7-7 (0:32), UCLA called timeout and pulled its goalkeeper for a 7-on-6 advantage. The Bruins executed the play perfectly and sophomore Malia Allen scored just before the buzzer to end the scoring in the period with UCLA leading 8-7 heading into the fourth.

PERIOD FOUR
> Both teams battled to a 3-3 tie in the fourth quarter to provide the 11-10 final score.
> Hill completed her hat trick with a goal from two meters to open the scoring in the fourth (6:43) to push the lead to two at 9-7.
> Kearns scored back-to-back goals for USC (6:18 and 3:29) to tie it at 9-9.
> Ayala then converted a penalty shot drawn by Johnson (1:47) to put the Bruins back in front at 10-9.
> USC answered with a penalty goal of its own (1:23) to tie it up at 10-10.
> Musselman then completed her hat trick on a drive when she corralled a pass and scored the game-winner (0:23) on a cross-cage lob shot. The Bruins got the final stop from Phillips and ran out the last seven seconds to seal the win.

UP NEXT
The Bruins have a week off and will return to action on Friday, Feb. 25 at the Kalbus Cup at UC Irvine. Seedings and game times to be announced at a later date.

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 1 USC (Triton Invitational - Finals)

SCOREBOARD 1 2 3 4 FINAL
No. 3 UCLA 4 1 3 3 11
No. 1 USC 3 3 1 3 10

6x5 - UCLA - 2/7 - USC - 2/8
Penalties - UCLA - 1/1 - USC - 1/1

UCLA Goals: Maddie Musselman 3, Abbi Hill 3, Val Ayala 2, Ava Johnson 1, Malia Allen 1, Katrina Drake 1
UCLA Saves: Georgia Phillips 12

USC Goals: Tilly Kearns 3, Bayley Weber 3, Grace Tehaney 2, Paige Hauschild 1, Honnie Vandeweghe-O'Shea 1
USC Saves: Carolyne Stern 7