LOS ANGELES — No. 1 UCLA extended its winning streak to nine matches with an 8-6 victory against No. 4 Arizona State in an MPSF match on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center.
KK Clark led the Bruins (15-1, 4-0 MPSF) with three goals, and Emily Greenwood added two, including the game-winner, on a cold and rainy afternoon.
Alicia Brightwell scored a game-high four goals to pace the visiting Sun Devils (16-3, 2-1 MPSF).
Trailing 5-4 at halftime, UCLA outscored Arizona State by a 3-0 margin in the third quarter to secure a 7-5 cushion and led the rest of the way, as each team traded goals in the final period.
Arizona State jumped to a 1-0 lead when Brightwell scored a power-play goal with 3:16 left in the opening quarter, before UCLA equalized when Sarah Orozco drew a penalty and Clark converted the ensuing penalty shot. ASU led UCLA 2-1 after the first quarter as Anna Kertes found the back of the cage with 32 seconds left in the period.
Brightwell put Arizona State ahead 3-1 at the start of the second quarter. UCLA drew another penalty, and Clark stepped up and converted the penalty shot, slicing ASU’s lead to 3-2 at the 7:01 mark in the second quarter.
Back-to-back goals from Mariam Salloum and Brightwell pushed ASU’s cushion to 5-2 with 5:09 left before halftime. UCLA responded with goals from Becca Dorst and Hannah Sebenaler to reduce the Sun Devils’ lead to 5-4 by intermission.
Clark tied the match 5-5 with her third goal of the game at 7:01 in the third quarter. Greenwood scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 3:44 left in the quarter to put the Bruins ahead 6-5. Greenwood followed just 40 seconds later with another goal to give UCLA a 7-5 lead.
Arizona State reduced the Bruins’ advantage to 7-6 on Brightwell’s fourth goal of the game midway through the final quarter. Orozco answered quickly for UCLA, scoring with just 2:35 left to go in the quarter.
UCLA goalkeeper Caitlin Dement recorded seven saves in the cage. Arizona State’s Ianeta Hutchinson was credited with five stops.