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Roundup: Ninth-ranked Penn State survives

No. 4 UCLA 2, Pepperdine 0

MALIBU, Calif. -- Fourth-ranked UCLA defeated Pepperdine 2-0 in Malibu on Friday afternoon. Freshman Darian Jenkins scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to provide the game-winner in the first half, and Pepperdine handed UCLA its second goal on an own goal in the second half.

Jenkins put UCLA ahead at 9:02. Sarah Killion sent through ball to Jenkins from the left side and slotted it past the goalkeeper inside the box from 12 yards out.

"It's always important to try to get a goal in the first five to 10 minutes of the game, and we've been really good about that this year," UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell said. "Killion played a great through ball to Darian. Things we worked on all week came to fruition on that goal, and Darian put it away again."

The Bruins threatened to increase the lead after the initial goal. Killion on a shot after a corner kick and Richmond on a run up the middle had shots saved, and Caprice Dydasco's curling shot hit the crossbar in the 32nd minute.

UCLA's defense was strong, stopping any scoring opportunities in the first half. Defender Abby Dahlkemper snuffed a scoring threat from forward Lynn Williams in the 30th minute, and Rowland two saves on Williams shots in the 35th and 39th minutes.

Pepperdine was aggressive to start the second half, but Bruin players made big defensive plays to stop the threats. Megan Oyster made a good tackle on Williams to strip her of the ball in the opening minutes, and in the 50th minute, Killion blocked a Williams shot in the box that forced the shot wide.

The Bruins moved ahead 2-0 in the 59th minute on an own goal when a Pepperdine defender kicked the ball into her own net while trying to defend a play created by Annie Alvarado.

Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made six saves and picked up her fourth shutout of the season as UCLA improved to 7-1. Pepperdine dropped to 4-3-1.

No. 8 Florida 3, Alabama 0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Three goals – all by Gator freshmen – gave No. 8 Florida a 3-0 win against Alabama on Friday evening in front of 1,719 fans at the James G. Pressly Stadium. It was the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

A set play gave the Gators their first goal in the 26th minute. Junior Havana Solaun sent the corner kick to the middle of the box where it was headed down by sophomore Lindsey Cooper. The ball hit the ground just in front of the goal line and freshman Savannah Jordan used her right foot to put it across the line.

Jordan scored her second goal of the evening with less than three minutes left before halftime. Sophomore Brooke Smith sent a centering pass to freshman Meggie Dougherty Howard just above the box. Jordan received the ball from Dougherty Howard, turned and used her right foot to take the shot which banged off the far post and into the goal.

Jordan now has 10 goals, making her one of three in Division I play to turn in a double-digit season goals total.

Florida’s final goal started near the end line when senior Maggie Rodgers shielded off her defender, allowing her to send a vertical pass to junior Tessa Andujar outside the top edge of the box. Her cross into box was headed in at the near post by freshman Liz Slattery for her first goal as a Gator.

No. 9 Penn State 3, Northwestern 2, 2OT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Junior defender Whitney Church posted two crucial goals on Friday night to lift ninth-ranked Penn State against Big Ten foe Northwestern 3-2 in a double overtime thriller at Jeffrey Field. Maya Hayes also came up big for the Lions, netting the game-tying goal in the conference opener for both squads.

The Nittany Lions (7-1-1, 1-0-0) improve their winning streak to six consecutive matches and are now 21-2-0 against the Wildcats (2-5-2, 0-1-0) all-time.

The Blue and White outshot Northwestern 29-11 with 14 of their attempts coming on goal. Freshman keeper Jenna Hascher came up big for the Wildcats, collecting a career-high 11 saves while PSU keeper Britt Eckerstrom also performed well, coming up with six saves.

NU senior Kate Allen put the Wildcats on the board early, netting the first goal of the match in the fourth minute of action. Sami Schrakamp crossed the ball to Allen, who then fired it into the top of the net over Eckerstrom to give NU a 1-0 lead.

Penn State was awarded a corner kick at the 73:29 mark, giving the Lions another chance at putting one in the back of the net. Raquel Rodriguez played the kick to Kori Chapic, who attempted a header but could not capitalize as the ball went just high.

Four minutes later, Allen stretched NU's lead to 2-0. Georgia Waddle dropped the ball to Allen and the forward fired one past Eckerstrom to give the Wildcats a two-goal advantage with 12 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Nittany Lions fired back with their first goal of the game just two minutes later. The Blue and White were awarded another corner kick and Rodriguez sent the ball to Church, who headed it in from six yards out to bring the score to 2-1.

Hayes added another goal for PSU in the 84th minute. Hayes got the ball on a long pass from Chapic and then went on to beat Hascher one-on-one, tapping the ball into the net to tie the game at 2-2 and send the match into overtime.

Emily Hurd had the only clean look of the first overtime period for either squad, attempting a shot at the 98:43 mark, but Hascher was prepared, once again, as she tallied another save. Tani Costa put up a quick shot twenty seconds into the second overtime period and Rodriguez made another attempt three minutes in but neither were able to put it in the net as Costa's went just high and Rodriguez's sailed wide.

Church sealed the deal for the Blue and White with 3:35 remaining in the game. The defender got the ball after it bounced off of several PSU and NU players and drilled it into the far corner of the net from 20 yards out to leave the final score at 3-2.

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