Feb. 23, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - No. 3 UCLA improved to 14-1 on the year with a 12-8 victory over No. 17 UC San Diego on Saturday morning at the UC Irvine Invitational. Five different Bruin freshmen scored, led by three from Alexa Tielmann.
Freshman India Forster scored on the game's first possession to put UCLA up 1-0. After Julia Kirkland tied the score at 1-1 on a lob shot, UCLA freshman Maddy McLaren put the Bruins up 2-1 with a skip shot that found the back of the net. Tielmann then scored back-to-back-to-back goals for the Bruins to put UCLA up 5-1 with two minutes left in the first period. UCSD scored the last two goals of the opening stanza. Rachel Brooks scored a power play goal to make it 5-2 and then Jolene Guiliana a breakaway goal after a Triton steal to end the first period with the Bruins leading 5-3.
Freshman defender Alys Williams opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal to put UCLA up 6-3. Both teams played superb defense and both goalies made great stops in the second quarter. With three minutes left, Alexis Wieseler scored the only other goal of the period as the Bruins took a 6-4 lead into the break.
The Bruins scored first in the third period as well, a sharp angle shot from junior Kelly Ronimus to make it 7-4. UCSD cut it to 7-5 with 3:36 left in the third on a one-timer by Sarah Lizotte on a 6-on-5 opportunity. But the Bruins answered with two straight goals to push the lead back to four. UCLA freshman Rachel Fattal converted a penalty shot on the left side to make it 8-5 and then Forster scored on a nice off-speed shot, her second goal of the game, to end the third period scoring at 9-5. The Bruins did have a goal negated by a foul late in the third quarter.
Kirkland scored her second of the game on a skipper on an extra man play to make it 9-6, but again UCLA had an answer after sophomore Emily Donohoe squeaked one past the Triton keep to make it 10-6. Fattal then scored her second on the day with a power play strike to put the Bruins up 11-6. But Wieseler scored her second, also on a power play, to trim the lead back to four. With just over two minutes remaining, the Tritons got another goal by Wieseler, her third, to make it 11-8. Sophomore Erica Beebe's shot was deflected, but found the back of the cage to seal the Bruins' 12-8 victory.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sami Hill played the entire game in goal for the Bruins, picking up six saves. Freshman Courtney Miller was credited with nine stops in the cage for UCSD.
The Bruins face No. 6 UC Irvine for the second time in two weeks in the quarterfinals later today at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Irvine Invitational.
No. 17 UC San Diego vs. No. 3 UCLA
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UCSD Goals: Alexis Wieseler 3, Julia Kirkland 2, Jolene Guiliana, Rachel Brooks, Sarah Lizotte
UCSD Saves: Courtney Miller 9