Sept. 30, 2012
Berkeley, Calif. - UCLA got three second half goals from Victor Chavez, Victor Munoz and Ryan Hollingshead as they moved to 2-0 conference play with a 3-1 win over California on Sunday. The Bruins are now unbeaten in their last 14 road matches and have won 15 straight over Pac-12 opponents.
The first half was quiet with neither side seeing a serious scoring opportunity, sending the two schools into the half deadlocked at 0-0. It was the eighth consecutive match though that UCLA has shut out the opponent in the first half.
The Bruins stepped it up in the second half and grabbed the lead in the 54th minute when Chavez scored his first goal of the year off an assist from Munoz. Munoz sent a cross into the box to Chavez, who controlled the ball with his back to the goal before immediately turning and firing a shot into the lower right-hand corner to put the Bruins on top, 1-0. Just six minutes later, Munoz gave the Bruins an insurance goal after receiving a fantastic low cross from Hollingshead at the far post, one-timing the ball into the open net for the goal.
UCLA continued to control possession and got another goal in the 72nd minute, this time from Hollingshead after he executed a great give-and-go with Reed Williams in the box for his third goal of the year. California turned up the offensive pressure looking to cut the deficit, but the Bruin defense hung tough and sophomore goalie Earl Edwards made some great saves to keep the Golden Bears out of the net. The Golden Bears would get a goal before the end of the match though when Seth Casiple curled a free kick from the edge of the box past Edwards in the 88th minute to make it 3-1 UCLA. From there the Bruins ran out the clock to earn their second consecutive 3-1 victory.
Overall, California outshot the Bruins 14-11 and Edwards matched a career-high with seven saves on the day. The Golden Bears dropped to 6-3-1 with the loss and are 1-1-0 in conference play.
"We are off to a good start in conference play with these two road wins," head coach Jorge Salcedo said after the match. "Scoring six goals in these games is a sign that we are heading in the right direction and we will continue to push and challenge ourselves during this upcoming week."
UCLA (7-1-2, 2-0-0 Pac-12) will return home next weekend as they continue Pac-12 play against Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 pm and Washington on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 pm. Both matches will be played at Drake Stadium and will be broadcast live by the Pac-12 Networks.