Nike athlete Reilyn Turner strikes first in UCLA’s NCAA semifinal win

Reilyn Turner #66 and the UCLA Bruins celebrate Turner's goal in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the semifinals round at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on December 02, 2022 in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

UCLA is into its sixth College Cup championship following a dominant 3-0 win over Alabama.

Reilyn Turner, who became the first student-athlete to sign with Nike in an NIL deal, scored first for the Bruins in the 30th minute. It would be the only goal of the half and her 10th of the year.

The goal ended a seven-match goal scoring drought, as Turner hadn’t scored since October.

Quincy McMahon assisted on that goal before adding one of her own in the 52nd minute. Madelyn Desiano found the back of the net a little over a minute later to make it 3-0 for the Bruins.

For head coach Margueritte Aozasa, she now has the opportunity to become the only first-year head coach to win a title in their first year in NCAA women’s soccer history.

In total, UCLA fired off 20 shots to Alabama’s 11, with 11 of those shots coming on goal. For Bruins goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy, the clean sheet was her ninth of 2022, tying her career high.

UCLA will play North Carolina in the NCAA championship, a team they’ve already beaten this season.