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Friday, April 30, 2021
Fishel & UCLA Comeback Win to Advance in Championships

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Birthday Girl Mia Fishel and her UCLA Women’s Soccer teammates came from behind to defeat IOWA during their 2020 DI Women's Soccer Championship Second Round match.

Down a goal with five minutes to play, UCLA came from behind in stunning fashion to defeat Iowa, 2-1, in a NCAA second round game at Campbell University. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Reilyn Turner scored both goals in the final five minutes, tying it up at 84:47 and scoring the game-winner at 89:30.

Iowa led for nearly 80 minutes of the game after their leading scorer Meike Ingles scored in the sixth minute. UCLA kept pushing for the tying goal in the half but were unable to break through despite 11 shots. Aislynn Crowder had a nice look in the box in the 30th minute, but her shot went wide. Turner had a shot go off the right post in the 33rd minute. Maricarmen Reyes shot in the box blocked in the final seconds of the half, giving UCLA one last corner kick, and Kennedy Faulknor's header off the corner was saved just before the halftime buzzer.

UCLA continued to create chances at the start of the second half, with Delanie Sheehan missing wide on a shot in the box in the 53rd minute, and Fishel's shot in the box getting blocked a minute later. Chance after chance was thwarted by Iowa's defense until finally in the 85th minute, Crowder and Turner connected to put UCLA right back in it. Crowder chested down the ball and sent a lofting pass up field to Turner, who batted it down with her right foot and then followed through with a shot that went through the goalkeeper's hands into the back of the net for her 10th goal of the year.

Given new life, UCLA kept going for the game-winner, and it was Turner again off a big assist by Jacey Pederson. Pederson started the play by toeing the left sideline at midfield to keep the ball alive and then beat an Iowa player to find space before sending an excellent ball into the center of the box for Turner. The freshman fired to her left to beat the goalkeeper and complete the comeback.
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