Women’s soccer falls to UCLA in Round of 16

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Senior forward Veronica Latsko led Virginia this season with 20 points from eight goals and four assists and landed on the All-ACC first team.

Paul Burke | Cavalier Daily

For the second year in a row, the Cavaliers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 16.

A last minute goal by No. 4 UCLA gave the Bruins (18-2-2, 8-2-1 Pac-12) the one goal edge to knock off No. 12 Virginia (13-6-4, 6-2-3 ACC) with a score of 2-1.

Prior to the match against UCLA, Virginia had not conceded a goal in the NCAA Tournament. In the first round, the Cavaliers beat St. Francis 2-0, and in the second round they shut out Pepperdine with a score of 3-0.

In the Sweet 16 matchup, the Cavaliers were first to get on the scoreboard and had the early lead in the sixth minute of play. The goal for Virginia came from an own goal from a UCLA defender. Virginia sophomore defender Phoebe McClernon delivered a free kick into the box, and senior forward Veronica Latsko and a UCLA defender both went for the ball. Although the UCLA defender beat Latsko to the ball, the ball ended up in the back of UCLA’s net.

Shortly after the match’s first goal, the Bruins evened out the score. After a foul was called inside Virginia’s box, sophomore midfielder Jessie Fleming converted the penalty kick into a goal for UCLA.

As regulation time was winding down, the Bruins came up with the game-winning goal. Just after a Virginia player received a red card and was ejected from the game, sophomore forward Anika Rodriguez got a shot past Virginia freshman goalkeeper Laurel Ivory to give UCLA the win.

The 2-1 result was the same score from when the two teams met in Charlottesville in September.

The Cavaliers were also eliminated from the NCAA tournament by the Bruins in the 2013 season. In that semi-final match, the Cavaliers were knocked out after the game went into a penalty kick shoot-out.

Sunday’s match marked the last game in a Virginia uniform for senior leaders Latsko and defender Megan Reid. Latsko finished the season with a team-high 20 points from eight goals and four assists. The remarkable offensive performance throughout the season earned Latsko a spot on the All-ACC first team. In addition to anchoring the backline, Reid also scored the game-winning goal in overtime against West Virginia and finished with a total of four assists on the season.

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