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UCLA, Utah Battle to 1-1 Tie
By: UCLA Athletics
Second-ranked UCLA remained unbeaten in Pac-12 play after tying Utah, 1-1, in Salt Lake City on Friday. The Bruins (13-1-2 overall, 5-0-2 in the Pac-12) spotted Utah (7-3-6, 3-2-2) a brief lead in the first half but tied it up five minutes later on a Taylor Smith goal.

UCLA dominated on the offensive end, outshooting the Utes, 23-5, but Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke made eight saves in the contest.

Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who leads the nation in goals against average, had just one save, but it was big one in the first two minutes of play, stopping a shot by Katie Taylor after a turnover in the backfield.

Utah grabbed a 1-0 lead at 17:04 when Ashton Hall split two defenders and cracked a shot top shelf over Rowland. The Utes' lead was short-lived, however. Smith tied it up at 22:11, taking a through ball by Sarah Killion and beating Luke. Ally Courtnall nearly gave UCLA the lead four minutes later, but Luke got a hand on the ball, and it pinged off the right post. Luke grabbed the ricochet just before it crossed the goal line.

The Bruins had another good chance to grab the go-ahead goal late in the second half, earning a free kick just inches outside the penalty box after Taylor Smith was fouled, but Abby Dahlkemper's shot was blocked by a Utah defender.

Utah nearly got one in during the second overtime, but Sam Mewis and Dahlkemper made big defensive stops as the Bruins withstood Utah's late attack. UCLA also had two great chances in the final minute, but Luke saved Mewis' shot with 1:00 on the clock, and with 30 seconds left, Jenna Richmond's shot in front of the goal was blocked. Smith got the rebound, but her shot was also blocked.

The Bruins return to action on Sunday morning at 11am PT at Colorado. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

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