No. 3 UCLA beats No. 2 Duke 2-1 in early-season battle

Durham, North Carolina – In the first of a pair of games this week against the top 2 teams in the nation, No. 3 UCLA served notice with a 2-1 win over No. 2 Duke at Koskinen Stadium.

Forward Reilyn Turner participated in both goals and goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy made seven saves in the second half alone and tied his career high with nine saves.

UCLA (4-0) struck first in the 12th minute after Lexi Wright sent a ball into the box for Turner, who was fouled by a Duke defender to earn the penalty. second year defender Jayden Perry stepped up the penalty and buried it in front of Duke goalkeeper Ruthie Jones for her first career goal.

The Bruins’ lead, along with their 308-minute shutout streak, was gone in the 39th minute when Duke leading scorer Michelle Cooper equalized at 38:22. Delaney Graham set up the goal by staying wide and sending a cross from the right side that found Cooper, who timed it from 12 yards into the bottom right corner.

Duke’s momentum continued in the second half, as the Blue Devils outscored the Bruins, 8-2. But Brzykcy was up for the challenge, making seven saves, several of them spectacularly. She made a leaping save in the 54th minute on a shot from Mackenzie Pluck, then made two saves in the 57th minute on a long-range shot from Cooper and a rebound from Maggie Graham.

Five minutes later, the Bruins took advantage of their first shot of the second half as Quincy McMahon took the ball from the left corner and passed it to Lexi Wright, who reunited with Turner. Turner took two touches and then fired a rocket past Jones for the go-ahead goal, his first of the season.

Brzykcy and the Bruins defense won from there, keeping the Blue Devils (4-1) out of the picture. Brzykcy made a close-range save on the six in the 70th minute, then tipped an overshot 90 by Cooper in the 73rd minute. By the 80th minute, Brzykcy had matched his career high with his ninth save of the game, stopping Nicole Chico’s shot just outside the box. Duke had the ball in their own half in the final 90 seconds, but the UCLA defense held on, stopping the Blue Devils from shooting.

UCLA next takes on No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ACC Network and the ESPN app.

(Photo credit: Duke Athletics)