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UCLA secures top-four seed within the NCAA girls’s soccer event

A bitter ending to the common season didn’t knock UCLA off the highest line of the NCAA event bracket.

The Bruins earned one in every of 4 No. 1 seeds within the 64-team postseason area introduced Monday regardless of dropping their regular-season finale to USC final Saturday. UCLA (17-2-0) will host Northern Arizona within the first spherical at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Coming off their first win over UCLA since 2015, the fourth-seeded Trojans (12-2-3) will host UC Irvine within the first spherical on Saturday at 1 p.m. USC, which went 4-0 in opposition to ranked groups this yr, defeated the Anteaters at McAllister Field 3-2 on Sept. 15.

Irvine (10-5-6) clinched its second consecutive Big West title on Sunday with a win over Cal State Long Beach. The Anteaters gained the convention because the No. 6 seed, the lowest-seeded workforce to earn the Big West’s automated postseason bid.

UCLA and USC each return to the NCAA event underneath first-year coaches. UCLA’s Margueritte Aozasa led the Bruins to their greatest begin in class historical past by profitable 13 consecutive video games to start the yr and spent 9 weeks because the nation’s No. 1 workforce. Jane Alukonis, a former UCLA assistant, spoiled her former workforce’s bid on the convention title with the rivalry win that nabbed two Pac-12 weekly awards for the Trojans. Kaylin Martin was named convention defender of the week and Anna Smith earned goalkeeper of the week honors after USC saved UCLA, which leads the convention in scoring, scoreless for simply the second time this season.

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