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    NCAA women’s soccer: UC Irvine upsets defending champ UCLA
    • November 11, 2023

    The UC Irvine women’s soccer pulled off the big upset to start the NCAA Tournament, defeating defending champion and top seed UCLA 1-0 on Friday night.

    Alyssa Moore scored the winning goal in the 87th minute with a header off a set piece served in by Aislynn Crowder.

    The Anteaters managed just two shots on goal and they played the final 15 minutes down a player after Chloe Ragon received a second yellow card.

    Glo Hinojosa recorded five saves as UCLA.

    This is the third consecutive season UCI has defeated a national seed in the opening round of the tournament. Last season, UCI upset USC and eventually advanced to the third round of the tournament. In 2021, UCI also defeated UCLA in the first round.

    UCI, the Big West tournament champion, will face either Gonzaga or Idaho on Thursday.

    USC 1, GRAND CANYON 0: Helena Sampaio’s 66th-minute penalty kick led the Trojans to the win Friday.

    The eighth-seeded Trojans (11-4-3) will take on top-seed BYU on Thursday in the second round.

    Izzy Kimberly was fouled to set up the penalty kick. The goals was Sampaio’s sixth of the season.

    In another first-round game, Stanford defeated Pepperdine 3-0.

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    ​ Orange County Register