No. 1 UCLA extends its win streak to 30 games with victory against LMU
LOS ANGELES -- Senior midfielder Sarah Killion tied the school record with three assists in the game, senior midfielder Sam Mewis scored her team-leading seventh goal and redshirt freshman defender Zoey Goralski scored her first career goal as top-ranked UCLA defeated Loyola Marymount 4-1 Sunday night. The Bruins enter Pac-12 Conference play on Friday at Arizona State with an 8-0-1 overall record and 30-game win streak.
Killion's first assist came at the 18th minute when she served a free kick into the center of the box for Rosie White, who one-timed a shot off her left foot past LMU goalkeeper Sophia Leksan for the 1-0 lead.
Mewis recorded her seventh goal of the year thanks to a Megan Oyster pass. Oyster took a pass in the back third, dribbled up the left sideline and sent a through ball to Mewis, who shot far post from about 15 yards out to increase UCLA's lead to 2-0.
While Mewis scored for the seventh time in nine games, Goralski scored for the first time ever as a Bruin. Abby Dahlkemper got the play going with a pass to Killion, who turned and quickly fed a long ball to Goralski, who was running down the right sideline. Goralski beat the defender to the ball and shot past an onrushing Leksan from just inside the back corner of the box in the second half.
Killion got her record-tying third assist when Mewis won a ball near midfield and sent a pass forward to Killion, who found Taylor Smith on her right. Smith shot from 16 yards out and beat Leksan for her third goal of the season.
The Lions prevented the shutout in the 77th minute when a cross from Sarah Sanger was deflected off a Bruin defender right to Shannon Kent, who fired from eight yards out to score just the second goal allowed by UCLA this season.
UCLA outshot LMU, 26-9, with the Lions earning the most shots by any Bruin opponent this year. Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made a season-high six saves and Leksan finished with a career-best 11 saves.
A total of 19 UCLA players saw double-digit minutes in the game.
"I think all-around, we played well," UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell said. "We got a lot of players in the game, which was important to us because we know down the line there are some players who aren't starters that need to have confidence when they get in there."