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Offseason Tour: UCLA Women’s Soccer falls to Stanford in College Cup Semifinals

The Bruins fought hard but went down to the top-seeded Cardinal.

NCAA Womens Soccer: Division I-College Cup-Stanford vs UCLA John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

SAN JOSE, Calif. — UCLA lost to Stanford 4-1 in the semifinals of the 2019 Women’s College Cup tournament Friday night. The College Cup was at Avaya Stadium in San Jose this year, so it was a de facto home game for Stanford

Despite this and despite UCLA being the underdog in general, it was the Bruins that took the lead in the first half.

Senior forward Chloe Castaneda took a looping shot from the top of the box that eluded Stanford goalie Katie Meyer.

The lead only lasted a couple of minutes though, as Stanford forward Sophia Smith got the ball in the box and slotted it home through the legs of UCLA goalkeeper Teagan Micah.

Despite UCLA taking the lead Stanford soon settled in and controlled possession and the overall game itself.

Stanford took the lead midway through the first half, as a good series of passing sent through Carly Malastkey, who took a hard shot that Micah could only push onto the post but found its way in anyway.

Smith scored again to make the game 3-1 in favor of the Cardinal.

It looked like the Bruins got a lifeline right before halftime as they won a penalty.

Mia Fishel’s effort was saved by Meyer though, and UCLA’s chance to cut the deficit in half failed.

The second half was all Stanford, and Smith finished off her Hat Trick in the 52nd minute, getting another ball on the right wing and firing a low shot into the corner past the Bruins ‘keeper Micah.

UCLA put in a good effort but were ultimately unable to fend off the top ranked Cardinal.

Still, it was a successful season and UCLA looks like they can continue competing with the top teams for years to come.

Stanford went on to win the College Cup on Sunday night, defeating the University of North Carolina on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation. Meyer became the viral star of College Cup on social media for her plays and, um, swag.

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