After defeating Nebraska 2-0, UCLA moves onto the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. In this third round, they will face No. 1 NSCAA ranked West Virginia.
Once again UCLA opened the scoring early in the game in the fourth minute during a scramble in the box. Nebraska goalkeeper came out for the challenge as the Bruins came pushing into the box. The ball shuffled around the box until Jessie Fleming tapped the ball to Annie Alvarado who put the ball in the back of the net to give them a 1-0 lead. They narrowly kept their lead towards the later part of the half as Nebraska continued to push. Amber Munerlyn helped secure the game in the 88th minute when she tapped in a ball from Zoey Goralski. UCLA recorded another shutout.
UCLA has had their fair share of challenges this season. From losing Darian Jenkins to injury earlier in the season, to losing two straight away games, but this is by far going to be their toughest challenge yet. West Virginia have only allowed eight goals all season. They have done well in limiting the offense of the opponent. That is going to be a problem for UCLA who are very attacking minded and ended the regular season leading the Pac-12 in points. With multiple goal scorers all season, 13 so far, they will not have a problem finding another one. Their problem will be in finding a breakthrough against one of the stingiest defenses in the country.
UCLA will look to upset No. 1 seed West Virginia. This NCAA Tournament has been one full of those. The Bruins hope to be the next team to bring an upset to the tournament.
#18 UCLA Women’s Soccer (15-1-1)
Opponent: West Virginia (21-1-1)
When: 11:30 AM PT, Sunday, November 20, 2016
Where: Morgantown, W.VA
Live Video/Audio: WVU Mountaineer TV