Nov. 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -The University of San Diego women's soccer team (12-7-2) will advance on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after battling to a 1-1 tie with No. 2 UCLA (16-1-4), then defeating the Bruins 3-2 in penalty kicks, on Friday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium. USD will now play Long Beach State on Sunday at 2 p.m. inside of Drake Stadium in the round of 16. This is the furthest any USD women's soccer team has advanced in the tournament.
After the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw through two overtime periods, the NCAA rules state the game will officially go down as a tie, but the two teams must have a shootout to determine a winner. First up was UCLA, and USD's senior goalkeeper Courtney Parsons, as she had been all night long, was a brick wall as she blocked the shot attempt to fire up the Torero fans. After USD had its first PK blocked as well, each team then had their second PK stopped by the respective goalies. UCLA then made its third attempt, and Lexi Deol matched it for USD. The Bruins then made its fourth attempt, but USD missed theirs. Once again, Parsons came up big for USD as she blocked the next shot attempt, setting up Stephanie Ochs to even the score, and she had no problem doing just that.
The two teams then went into a one-on-one battle in a second shootout, and Parsons then recorded her fourth save in the penalty kick shootout, and senior Elissa Magracia had the pressure on her shoulders to nail a PK and send USD on to the Sweet 16. Magracia simply put the ball into the top left corner of the net, while the UCLA keeper dove to the right to lift USD to a stunning victory. USD successfully snapped a 30-match winning streak for the Bruins at Drake Stadium in the NCAA Tournament.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring as they managed to score a goal at the 1:26 mark. The Toreros had a throw in, and the ball found the feet of Ochs, who in turn slipped the ball to a streaking Mariah Butera, and she hit a one-timer into the back of the net to give USD the early 1-0 lead.
The Bruins then evened the score in the 80th minute, as Abby Dahlkemper crossed the ball to Jenna Richmond who then hit the ball past the defense and the ball hit off the far post and bounced in.
UCLA outshot the Toreros 17-6, and held a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Courtney Parsons was huge in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded six saves. Her counterpart, Katelyn Rowland, was also impressive as she allowed one goal and recorded one save.