UCLA, LMU Finish in 1-1 Tie
Los Angeles, Calif. - Top-ranked UCLA outshot Loyola Marymount, 27-4, but the game finished in a 1-1 tie on Friday night at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
LMU struck first in the game, with Jenni Benger heading in a corner kick from Jocelyn Blankenship at 26:37.
The Lions took a 1-0 advantage into halftime, but the Bruins quickly tied it up in the second half. Freshman Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski scored her first collegiate goal at 48:36. Chelsea Cline set up the play with a pass to Ally Courtnall, who crossed to Konkol-Mroczkowski for the equalizer.
The Bruins created a good amount of opportunities to score the go-ahead goal in the second half and overtime periods but were denied or were off-target on shots. Lion goalkeeper Brittany Jagger made six saves in the contest, and the LMU defense had several blocks that stopped shots headed for goal.
In the 60th minute, Konkol-Mroczkowski and Megan Oyster had back-to-back shots in the box that were blocked by the Lion defense. Courtnall had two shots in the final ten minutes of regulation that just missed, and Jagger made a diving stop of a Rosie White shot with four minutes remaining.
LMU's offense came alive in the final four minutes after registering just the one shot in the previous 86. Tawni Martino took a shot that sailed high, and Blankenship had a shot that was saved by UCLA goalkeeper Alana Munger at 97:08. With the clock winding down, UCLA's Rosie White cracked a shot that went wide with three seconds left.
UCLA nearly scored in the first minute of overtime when Crystal Shaffie launched a ball into the box, but it just missed an onrushing Jenna Richmond. Two minutes later, Courtnall made some nice moves to get the ball to Konkol-Mroczkowski, who passed to Abby Dahlkemper, but Jagger made the stop on Dahlkemper's shot. Jagger struck again in the 95th minute stopping Courtnall after she broke ahead of the defense.
Munger made a big stop early in the second overtime, blocking a challenge by Martino that helped keep UCLA undefeated on the year.
"I think we were a little lethargic the first 15-20 minutes of the game, but I really liked their sense of urgency at the end of the first half and especially going into the second half," said UCLA head coach B.J. Snow. "At the end of the day, we created enough opportunities to get the result, and we didn't put it in the back of the net. We have to give LMU a lot of credit."
UCLA's record moves to 4-0-1, while LMU goes to 4-2-1. The Bruins next host 20th-ranked Tennessee on Sunday at 4:30pm.
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