No. 6 USC women's soccer fell to No. 5 UCLA 3-2 in golden goal overtime at Drake Stadium on Friday night in front of a record-breaking crowd of 11,925 people.
USC's Nicole Molen opened up the game with a header goal in the the 11th minute. UCLA answered with a goal by Kaiya McCullough at the 25 minute mark, but Molen had one more in her and netted away another goal in the 34th minute to put the Trojans up 2-1 at half.
UCLA was celebrating senior night and came out in the second half with a renewed energy, keeping pressure on the USC backline throughout the half.
A breakaway goal from Anika Rodriguez in the 65th minute gave UCLA their second goal of the night and send the match in to golden goal overtime.
The Bruins wasted no time in overtime as Ashley Sanchez found the back of the net just a minute and 20 seconds into the period. Sanchez's goal ended the game and sealed the comeback victory for the Bruins.
Despite two losses to Stanford and UCLA to end the conference play, the season isn't over yet for the Trojans.
"Those two games are games like the final four, those are legit teams that have been good all year," said head coach McAlpine after the UCLA game. "You hate to lose a game, you hate to lose to your rival. But knowing that you've got post season coming up, just like last year we have a chance to redeem ourselves."
The NCAA Women's College Cup Selection show starts today at 1 p.m. and the Trojans are expected to be a top three seed in the tournament. The tournament starts on November 10th, and USC will likely host a first round game at home.