Sept. 25, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 13/18 UCLA men's soccer team gave up two first half goals and could not recover as they fell to the SMU Mustangs 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
SMU got on the board in the very first minute on a free kick by Arthur Ivo that skipped off the turf and past Brian Rowe. But the Bruins would not stay down for long, as Chandler Hoffman scored his ninth goal of the season in the 10th minute off a misplayed ball by SMU to level the game at 1-1. This was the second straight game that Chandler has scored a goal for UCLA and he has now scored 15 goals in his last 15 games. SMU retook the lead in the 27th minute when Juan Castillo took a cross in the box from Tyler Engel and blasted a low shot past Rowe to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. Neither team would see a scoring opportunity for the rest of the half and SMU went into the half with a 2-1 lead.
In the 58th minute, UCLA had a golden opportunity to tie the match at 2-2 when Kelyn Rowe found himself all alone at the top of the box. He put a hard shot towards the top of the goal but it sailed just high and the Mustangs retained the lead. SMU had a scoring opportunity themselves just a few minutes later when Castillo went far post from the right side of the box. But Brian Rowe made a great diving save to keep the deficit at one. At the 74th minute, the Mustangs went down a man when defender Diogo de Almeida was handed a red card. With SMU down to 10 men, the Bruins continued to push looking for that equalizing goal. Hoffman had a great chance in the 82nd minute when he took a cross into the box from Fernando Monge, but his shot went over the bar and out of play. The Bruins couldn't find the back of the net for the rest of the match and were defeated by SMU 2-1.
Overall, UCLA outshot SMU 10-8 and Brian Rowe made four saves on the afternoon.
UCLA falls to 5-3-1 on the year and will begin Pac-12 play on Friday, Sept. 30 against California. The match will be played at Drake Stadium and is scheduled to begin at 7 pm.