UCLA women’s soccer returns to beat North Carolina to win the national title with a wild last-second goal
For 80 minutes Monday night it looked like North Carolina was on course for a national title.
But some late-game heroics, including a wild Reilyn Turner goal that decided the game with 16 seconds left, put top-seeded UCLA back in the game Monday night in the NCAA women’s soccer championship game in Cary, North Carolina.
Maricarmen Reyes eventually won the game 3-2 in double overtime in the 107th minute for the Bruins to give them their first title since 2013.
The Bruins, who reached the championship game with a 3-0 win over Alabama, held their lead the rest of the way.
North Carolina led most of the game. Avery Patterson scored the first goal for the Tar Heels in the 58th minute and scored again in the 75th minute to give the Tar Heels a two-goal lead in what was their 13th goal of the season.
Five minutes later, UCLA hit back.
First it was Lexi Wright who completed a ball in the box in the 80th minute to put the Bruins on the board.
Then, with just 16 seconds on the clock, Turner headed a ball just off the net from an Ally Lemos corner kick, sparking a wild cheer and forcing extra time.
This goal was not undisputed. There was a lot of contact at the net and the North Carolina goalie appeared to be pinned to the ground. However, the officials did not name a foul, so the goal stood.
That sent the match into overtime where Reyes eventually sealed the win and the national title.