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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Fishel's UCLA Draw with USC

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Mia Fishel missed this classic Crosstown Showdown, as her No. 3 UCLA and No. 12 USC battled to a 2-2 tie at Wallis Annenberg Stadium after the Bruins came from behind to tie on Reilyn Turner's 86th-minute goal.

UCLA struck first in the 18th minute, with a penalty kick goal by Marley Canales in the 18th minute. The Bruins earned the penalty kick when Kennedy Faulknor was fouled in the box. Canales, who entered the game a perfect 5-for-5 from the penalty spot in her career, stepped up once again and delivered, beating USC goalkeeper Kaylie Collins to score her third goal of the season.

USC continued to apply pressure and nearly scored on a corner kick in the 34th minute. Kaylin Martin's shot seemed destined for goal, but UCLA freshman defender Michaela Rosenbaum was covering the right post and prevented the shot from going in. There was no stopping the Trojans in the 38th minute, however, as Croix Bethune sent a through ball to Tara McKeown, who raced ahead of the Bruin defense and slotted a shot to the near post past an off-balanced Lauren Brzykcy.

After the teams went into the half tied up at 1-1, the Bruins started the half with two shots by Faulknor and Sunshine Fontes that missed just high in the first three minutes. McKeown broke through with the go-ahead goal for the Trojans in the 68th minute, taking a Penelope Hocking pass and firing far post past Brzykcy.

UCLA attempted to equalize, but Fontes' long-range shot missed high and wide in the 77th minute, and Rosenbaum had a hard shot saved by Collins in the 81st. The Trojans looked to put the game away in the 84th minute on a counterattack, with Hocking receiving a long ball from the back and using her speed to get ahead of the defense. Hocking had a 1v1 with Brzykcy, but the Bruin goalkeeper came up off the line and snuffed the opportunity before Hocking could get a shot off.
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