Dec 8, 2013; Cary, NC, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Amanda Cromwell and midfield/forward Jenna Richmond (7) and midfield/forward Sam Mewis (22) and UCLA Bruins defender Abby Dahlkemper (8) celebrate on the podium with the championship trophy. The Bruins defeated the Seminoles 1-0 in overtime at WakeMed Soccer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Women's Soccer: Bruins Win First Championship, 110th For UCLA

The UCLA Women’s Soccer team just took a huge step into greatness as they won their first-ever National Championship. The Bruins beat the Florida State Seminoles 1-0 in overtime to win the NCAA College Cup, capturing not only the first championship for the program, but the first championship under head coach Amanda Cromwell. This is Cromwell’s first year in charge of Women’s Soccer.

The Bruins won their third straight game in overtime in these playoffs as they needed the lone Golden Goal (sudden death overtime) to capture the title. This time, it was Kodi Lavrusky who booted in a sweet through ball from Megan Oyster to slip one past the FSU goaltender. A great game ended with a great finish to a great season.

Hats off to the tremendous effort of the Florida State Women’s Soccer team.

Honestly, there was a feeling the entire game that these Bruin would win. Their effort of the Bruin women was no match for the Seminole defense. The Bruins, who have been known for their defensive pressure, were they ones showing their offensive prowess and they had several shots that had a chance to cross the goal line in regulation. Taylor Smith hit the frame of the goal twice in the first half, leaving several hearts pounding in Tallahassee. Before heading into OT, UCLA lead the shot count, 15-5.

This victory brings the 110th championship to UCLA. With this being Coach Cromwell’s first season at the helm, expect more greatness from this team as this is only the beginning. Congratulations UCLA Women’s Soccer!





Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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