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UCLA Scores Three First-Half Goals To Down LMU, 3-0
By: UCLA Athletics
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's soccer team scored three goals in the first half and withstood playing a man down to record its sixth shutout of the year with a 3-0 victory at Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon.

Bruin freshman Darian Jenkins scored her seventh goal of the season, finding the back of the net on a rebound at 9:31 after a Taylor Smith shot hit the post.

Sam Mewis made it 2-0 at 17:21. Smith started the play with a nice through ball to Jenkins, who got ahead of the defense on the left side and crossed to Mewis in the box. Mewis finished, recording her second goal of the season.

Kodi Lavrusky got in on the action at 26:56. Jenna Richmond found Lavrusky up the middle, and Lavrusky skillfully hit the ball past the LMU goalkeeper for her third goal in three games.

LMU threatened late in the first half when Jocelyn Blankenship ripped a shot off the cross bar in the 40th minute. Just one minute later, Bruin central defender Abby Dahlkemper was issued a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. On the ensuing penalty kick, taken by Brianne Medved, UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland stretched out to her left to make the save and keep the Lions off the board.

"Getting the red card and getting the pk wasn't something that we wanted to do there at the end of the first half, but props to Katelyn for making a huge save to keep the shutout; she deserved it," said UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell.

Despite being down a player, the Bruins dominated possession in the second half, outshooting the Lions, 10-4, and 21-9 overall.

UCLA had good scoring opportunities in the second half, with Mewis just missing on a header in the 47th minute, and Killion's shot off a corner kick being cleared out by a defender in the 56th minute. Just a minute later, Smith ripped a shot that required a leaping save by LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger. Courtney Proctor also had a good look with 11 minutes to play but missed high in front of the box, and Megan Oyster elevated for a strong header off a corner kick that was saved by Jagger.

UCLA (8-1) opens up Pac-12 play on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Arizona in a match that will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

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