UCLA Outshines Arizona 1-0
LOS ANGELES – Senior forward Sunshine Fontes' 83rd-minute goal broke a scoreless tie and gave No. 1 UCLA a hard-fought 1-0 victory over visiting Arizona.
After 82 scoreless minutes, the Bruins (13-0-0, 5-0-0) looked to be running out of time to get the result needed to extend the school record for consecutive wins to start a season to 13. But UCLA would not be denied. Freshman Ally Lemos intercepted a long pass near midfield, knocking the ball to Fontes, who passed to Ally Cook to start a give and go. Fontes finished with a right-footed rocket from 25 yards out to provide the game-winning goal, her team-leading ninth of the season.
Arizona (4-6-2, 1-4-0), who was coming off a 1-0 upset win at No. 8 USC on Thursday, nearly made it two-straight Top 10 wins. In the 53rd minute, Nicole Dallin picked off a pass in the back, but her shot hit the left post and caromed out of danger. Dallin also had another opportunity in the 69th minute, with a long-distance shot that UCLA goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy made a leaping save on. Brzykcy finished the game with four saves to pick up her fifth solo shutout of the year.
UCLA had some early chances, totaling six first-half shots. Lemos nearly put the Bruins up 1-0 in the 14th minute with a long-distance shot in the 14th minute that was deflected and nearly went in. Less than a minute later, Arizona goalkeeper Hope Hisey saved an Ally Cook header and then made another outstanding save on a Fontes long distance shot in the 16th minute. Jackie Gilday also put a header on frame in the 40th minute but was saved by Hisey.
"Today was obviously a little stressful," said UCLA head coach Margueritte Aozasa. "But credit to the team. We talked after the game about how it's important to be able to win ugly, and today was an ugly win. And thankfully, Sunshine was shining down on us today and found a way to score and get the result. Great teams find a way to win, and today was an example of that."
The Bruins will take their 13-game winning streak to Stanford on Friday, Oct. 14.
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