Aug. 31, 2012
College Park, Md. - Junior Reed Williams scored two goals and true freshman goalkeeper Juan Cervantes made five saves in his first ever start as the 11th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team earned a 2-2 draw on the road at sixth-ranked Maryland.
With goalkeeper Earl Edwards out due to injury, Cervantes got his first start in goal and was tested early by the Terrapins. In the 3rd minute, Patrick Mullins headed a corner kick on goal but Cervantes was in good position and made the save. Then the Bruins got on the board in the eighth minute, after Matt Wiet put a throw-in into the box to Ryan Hollingshead. Hollingshead headed the ball down nicely to Reed Williams who scored near post for his first goal of the year, giving UCLA an early 1-0 lead.
The lead would be short lived though, as Maryland scored just 20 seconds later after Mullins crossed the ball to the middle past a diving Cervantes to Dan Metzger, who chipped it into the empty net for the equalizer.
UCLA would answer again though in the 14th minute when Williams scored his second goal of the match to put the Bruins up 2-1. Victor Munoz started the play with a nice pass to the right side of the box to an open Fernando Monge. Monge then crossed the ball to the middle to Williams who one-timed the ball into the net for the goal.
Neither side saw a serious scoring chance again until the 35th minute, when the ball trickled around in the UCLA box and fell at the feet of Mikias Eticha of Maryland, who put a bouncing shot on goal that hit the post and was cleared away from danger. The Bruins were able to keep Maryland out of the net from there and took a 2-1 lead into the half.
At the start of the second half, Evan Raynr had a chance to make it 3-1 Bruins when he made a great move in the box and put a shot on goal that was deflected near post. Maryland keeper Keith Cardona made a diving save though to deny Raynr and keep the deficit at 1-1. Then in the 55th minute, the Terrapins saw a good chance when Taylor Kemp put a low lining shot that was deflected by Monge on net. But Cervantes made a great sprawling save to preserve the lead.
In the 68th minute, Maryland got the equalizer when they were awarded a penalty kick after Schillo Tshuma was taken down in the box. John Stertzer stepped to take the kick and converted it to tie the score at 2-2, despite Cervantes guessing the right way. Both sides could not find the back of the net for the rest of regulation and the match went to overtime.
Maryland almost ended the match with a golden goal in the 93rd minute when Stertzer received a cross at the far post and one-timed a shot on goal. But Cervantes came up with the save of the night, reaching out and knocking the ball away to preserve the tie. Neither side was able to come up with a goal in either overtime period and the match ended in a 2-2 tie.
Overall, UCLA was outshot by Maryland 22-8 in the match. As mentioned above, Cervantes made five saves in his first ever start for the Bruins while Cardona made two saves. Despite giving up two goals, the back line of Chris Cummings, Matt Wiet, Joe Sofia and Grady Howe did well to fend off Maryland's attacks and preserve the draw.
"Our guys battled the entire match in a challenging environment," head coach Jorge Salcedo said after the match. "Scoring two goals during the run of play and creating other good moments is encouraging. We were very unlucky to have a penalty kick called against us in the second half, but in soccer you create your own luck and we have to keep pushing forward."
UCLA (0-1-1) will now head south to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 4 pm PT in Charlottesville, Va.