Virginia Women’s Soccer | Virginia’s season ends with a 2-1 overtime loss at UCLA’s No. 1 seed

LOS ANGELES – The Cavaliers went into overtime for the second game in a row, but this time the home side prevailed as No. 3-seeded Virginia (16-4-3) at No. 1-seeded UCLA (20-2-1) to a fell score of 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

The loss to the top-ranked Bruins ends the season for the Cavaliers in 11th place.

GATES
15′ – UCLA: Sunshine Fontes (Lexi Wright)
75′ – UVA: Haley Hopkins (Lia Godfrey)
98′ – UCLA: Sophia Cook (Jackie Gilday)

HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia had the run of the game early before the Bruins would take their first chance of the game in the 15th minute. Sunshine Fontes came into the box on a ball played by Lexi Wright and split defenders before putting a shot on the frame which was tipped over by goalkeeper Cayla White, but the shot’s momentum carried the ball to the top right corner of the goal .

The Cavaliers even pulled back in the 75th minute with a Haley Hopkins header. Sustained pressure from the Hoos paid off with a corner kick. Lia Godfrey drove the ball to Hopkins, who headed the ball as it went away from her defender and placed it behind the left post, out of reach of a diving keeper.

UCLA regained the lead in first overtime, scoring in the 98th minute with a Sophia Cook strike. Jackie Gilday sent in a ball which was deflected back towards the front of the box by a Virginia player but fell at Cook’s feet who put it ahead of the left post.

GAME NOTES
• Virginia reached its ninth NCAA Quarterfinals game against the Bruins.
• UCLA and UVA have met seven times in NCAA games, with the Bruins leading 5-1-1 in those encounters.
• Haley Hopkins scored her 14th goal of the season as a team leader with a second-half goal.
• Lia Godfrey added her fifth assist of the season and 26th of her career to finish UVA’s 10th all-time.
• It was the Hoos’ second straight game in overtime after Virginia beat second-seeded Penn State 3-2 in last weekend’s Sweet 16 to advance to the UCLA encounter.

BY HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“Of course it was difficult to lose. We’re really proud of the team, the dedication and the tremendous resilience they’ve shown throughout the season. It was tough being down at half-time but we got ourselves back into the game. We put ourselves in a good position to win, we just didn’t make the plays on the track. We could have easily come out of here with a win and that’s one of the reasons it hurts so much.”

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