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No. 5 UCLA Earns 2-2 Tie with No. 3 Washington
By: UCLA Athletics

The fifth-ranked UCLA men’s soccer team earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw with No. 3 Washington on Monday night as the team moved to 7-3-3 on the year. The Bruins got goals from seniors Max Estrada and Leo Stolz while junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. made seven saves, including one on a penalty kick.

Washington moved to 10-0-4 overall and 3-0-2 in Pac-12 play with the tie.

The Bruins came out with a lot of offensive pressure in the early going, keeping possession in Washington’s end and generating a few chances. In the fourth minute, UCLA was awarded an indirect kick in the box after the referee called an illegal back pass on Washington. Stolz took the kick and passed it back to a streaking Nathan Smith, who unleashed a shot headed towards the frame. However, a Huskie defender was able to get in the way and deflect the ball out of play.

UCLA saw another opportunity in the 22nd minute when sophomore Jordan Vale took a pass in the box with a clear line of sight to the goal. Once again though, the Huskies closed the space fast and Vale’s shot deflected off a defender and trickled just wide of the goal. Eventually the Bruins would go down a goal in the first half when the Huskies scored on an own goal in the 29th minute. Andy Thoma went down the left side for Washington and crossed a ball to the middle. The ball hit off of sophomore Javan Torre’s leg and just snuck into the far post past Edwards to put UCLA down 1-0. The Bruins were unable to find the equalizer before halftime and they went into the half trailing by that 1-0 score.

UCLA would not stay down for long, coming out strong in the second half and finding two goals right away. In the 50th minute, Stolz leveled the match when he sent a cross from the left side to the far post that skipped past everyone and into the net, tying things at 1-1. Then just two minutes later, Estrada finished off a great passing sequence from senior Victor Munoz and Chavez, chipping the ball past Washington keeper Ryan Herman to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

Washington really pushed forward after Estrada’s goal, forcing the Bruins back on their heels. The defense was up to the challenge though, continually turning away the Huskie offense. Then in the 66th minute, Washington was awarded a penalty kick when senior Joe Sofia took down Darwin Jones in the box. Jones stepped up to take the penalty, but Edwards was quick off his line and made a great stop to keep the Bruins ahead by one. A few minutes later, Jones took a free kick from about 30 yards out that beat Edwards, but clanged off the post and away from danger.

The Huskies kept pushing forward and with three minutes to go, tied the match when Michael Harris used a flip throw to send the ball into the UCLA box. The ball then deflected off of a UCLA defender and past Edwards for another own goal, making it 2-2 and sending the match into overtime.

The first overtime proved to be a wild one with both sides coming close to ending the match. The Bruins’ best chance came when Munoz dribbled to the center of the box and unleashed a shot to the far post. However, the ball went just wide and the match stayed tied. The Huskies were able to create some opportunities as well, but Edwards was up to the task and kept the ball out of the net to deny Washington any goals. The second overtime passed without either team scoring as well and the match ended in a 2-2 tie.

The match was a physical one with a total of 40 fouls being called on the night. Edwards’ seven saves matched a season-high that he set on Friday at Oregon State while Herman made one save for the Huskies.

“We are disappointed not to have won the game,” head coach Jorge Salcedo said. “We came to Washington to play soccer and credit to them that they are very good with their long throw-ins. Unfortunately two own goals cost us the game, but I am also very proud of the effort we put forth tonight.”

UCLA (7-3-3, 2-1-2) will square off with the Pacific Northwest schools again this weekend, playing Oregon State (7-6-1, 0-4-1) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and Washington (10-0-4, 3-0-2) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Both matches, which are the final two home matches of the regular season, will be played at Drake Stadium and televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.

Watch Victor Chavez and Max Estrada's goals and Earl Edwards Jr.'s penalty stop

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