Sept. 28, 2012
Palo Alto, Calif. - Senior Fernando Monge, and juniors Max Estrada and Reed Williams each scored goals to lead the sixth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team a 3-1 victory over Stanford to open up conference play. The Bruins have now won 14 consecutive matches over Pac-12 opponents and are unbeaten in their last eight matches.
With the win, the Bruins improved to 6-1-2 (1-0-0 Pac-12) on the year while the Cardinal dropped to 3-5-0 (0-1-0 Pac-12) with the loss. UCLA also upped their road unbeaten streak to 13 matches, going 11-0-2 since their last road loss back on Sept. 4, 2011.
UCLA once again jumped out to an early lead after Monge scored yet another goal off of a header. After Holden Fender's shot was knocked out of play by Stanford keeper Drew Hutchins, sophomore Leo Stolz put a corner kick to the near post where Monge headed it in for his team-leading fourth goal of the year. It was also the third consecutive match that Monge has scored a goal for the Bruins. Then in the waning seconds of the half, Estrada doubled the lead for the Bruins after taking a pass in the box and scoring with a line drive to lower left-hand corner. Williams assisted on the play after making a great effort to steal the ball in Stanford territory and set Estrada up for the goal.
At the start of the second half, Stanford increased its intensity and cut the deficit to one in the 60th minute after a Bobby Edwards got taken down in the box, giving the Cardinal a penalty kick. Adam Jahn stepped up for Stanford and converted it to make it 2-1 UCLA with just under 30 minutes left to go in the match. The goal ended UCLA's streak of six straight shutouts against Pac-12 opponents and was the first goal allowed to a conference opponent by the Bruins in 698 minutes.
The Bruins turned up the offensive pressure after the goal and saw some golden opportunities in the coming minutes. Junior Victor Munoz found himself on a quick breakaway in the 66th minute and attempted a shot to the near post that was saved by Hutchins to keep the match at 2-1. After the ensuing corner kick was cleared, Fender sent the ball back into the box to Monge, who back passed the ball to a streaking Estrada who looked to have a clear shot at goal. Estrada's shot was blocked though and the Cardinal were able to clear the ball from danger.
UCLA found that insurance goal though in the 82nd minute when Ryan Hollingshead made a fantastic run from midfield and put a beautiful chip to the far post to a streaking Williams, who headed the ball into the open net to seal the victory for the Bruins.
Overall, the shots were almost even on the day as the Cardinal outshot the Bruins by just a 15-14 mark. Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards made a career-high seven saves in the match to earn his third victory of the year. In addition, Williams finished the day with a goal and an assist while Stolz and Hollingshead notched assists of their own.
"We got off to a great start in the Pac-12 today," head coach Jorge Salcedo said. "It is not easy to win at Stanford, let alone score three goals. We are happy with the win and look forward to our game at Cal."
UCLA will wrap up their Bay Area trip on Sunday when they face the California Golden Bears (6-2-1, 1-0-0 Pac-12) at 4 pm out at Edwards Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus. The match will again be nationally broadcast live by the Pac-12 Networks.