Feb. 29, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Last night, the UCLA men's soccer team faced off against the Mexico U-20 National Team in a winter exhibition match at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys and played to a scoreless draw with the Mexico side.
In the 28th minute, the Bruins had a chance to go ahead after Andrew Tusaazemajja found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but his chip attempt went just over the crossbar and the score remained deadlocked at 0-0. After remaining tied at halftime, the Bruins saw two more great chances to take the lead in the second half. Evan Raynr had a chance when he took a cross from Ryan Hollingshead in front of the net in the 74th minute, but his shot went just wide of the goal. In the 88th minute, Fernando Monge took a free kick from Victor Munoz and attempted to head the ball on net, but again his shot sailed just high of the crossbar and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. While Mexico was able to muster a few chances of their own, goalkeeper Earl Edwards was never seriously tested due in part to the stellar play of the back line of Matt Wiet, Patrick Matchett, Joe Sofia and Chris Cummings.
The Bruins have now played to a scoreless tie in both of their winter matches after the team played the Montreal Impact of the MLS to a 0-0 tie at the Home Depot Center back on Feb. 17. UCLA's next exhibition game will be against Cal State Northridge on Sat., Mar. 10 at 7 pm on the campus of Cal State Northridge.