LOS ANGELES — San Diego (12-7-2) advanced to third round of the NCAA tournament by defeating second-ranked UCLA 3-2 in penalty kicks after battling to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime on Friday evening at Drake Stadium.
USD will now meet Long Beach State on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET at Drake Stadium, with the winner moving advancing to the quarterfinals. With the victory the Toreros move into the NCAA tournament’s third round for the first time in program history.
After the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw, the NCAA rules state the game will officially go down as a tie, but the two teams must have a shoot out to determine a winner. After each team hit a pair of PKs, it all came down to Elissa Magracia, and she sailed the ball into the top left corner of the goal to give USD the win, snapping a 30-match winning streak by the Bruins on their home field in NCAA tournament action.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring as they managed to score a goal at the 1:26 mark. Stephanie Ochs and Mariah Butera were in the middle of a scramble inside the UCLA goalbox, and Ochs slipped the ball to Butera who hit it past the UCLA goalkeeper to give USD an early 1-0 lead.
The Bruins then evened the score in the 80th minute, as Abby Dahlkemper crossed the ball to Jenna Richmond who then scored past the defense and the ball hit off the far post and bounced in.
UCLA outshot the Toreros 17-6 on the evening and held a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Courtney Parsons was huge in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded six saves.