Sept. 21, 2012
Santa Barbara, Calif. - In front of a hostile crowd of over 7,500, the ninth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with rivals UC Santa Barbara on Friday night. Senior Fernando Monge scored UCLA's only goal in the 11th minute.
The Bruins moved to 4-1-2 with the draw while the Gauchos moved to 5-0-2.
The UCLA defense came up with a big stop in the fourth minute when Gaucho forward Dom Sarle headed a corner kick far post that beat Bruin goalkeeper Earl Edwards. But sophomore Leo Stolz was in great position and cleared the ball off the line to keep the match scoreless. The Bruins broke through in the 11th minute when Monge put a perfectly placed header to the far post off of a long throw-in from Joe Sofia to give UCLA the early 1-0 lead. It was Monge's second goal of the season.
UCLA almost made it two in the 22nd minute when Ryan Hollingshead split the Santa Barbara defense and found himself one-on-one with the Gaucho goalie Austin Mansker. Mansker came out and closed down the angle though, knocking away Hollingshead's shot to keep the UCLA lead at 1-0. From there the Bruins' back line took over and did an outstanding job of keeping the attacking Gauchos from seeing any serious chances, allowing UCLA to take their 1-0 lead into the half.
In the 53rd minute, Hollingshead was at it again and had a great chance when the Santa Barbara defense backed off him. He unleashed a low shot from the top of the box, but it just missed by inches to the far post.
After continued attempts on the offensive end, the Gauchos found the equalizer in the 68th minute when Ema Boateng outran the UCLA defense and slotted one past Edwards to tie the match at 1-1. Once again defenses took over from there and the two sides would go to overtime deadlocked at 1-1.
The first overtime proved to be a frantic one with both sides seeing some golden opportunities. Four minutes into overtime, Boateng broke free again and was alone in front of goal before Sofia flew in from the back side and cleared the ball from danger, keeping the match level at one apiece. The Bruins pushed forward after that and almost ended the match in the 98th minute when Reed Williams took a great pass from Hollingshead on the right side of the penalty box. He was one-on-one with Mansker but pushed his shot wide to the near post. Then in the waning seconds of the first overtime, Max Estrada took a pass in front of goal and tried to curl one towards net, but it sailed high and the first overtime ended with the score still 1-1. Neither side could muster a shot in the second overtime and the match ended in a draw.
Overall, UCLA moved to 4-1-2 on the year while the Gauchos moved to 5-0-2. Santa Barbara outshot the Bruins 18-10 in the match with Edwards making three saves in goal for UCLA. In addition, the Bruins are now unbeaten in their last 11 road matches with a record of 9-0-2.
"Tonight's match was a hard fought college soccer match," said head coach Jorge Salcedo. "Both teams had chances to win and the result is probably the right one. We weren't as sharp as we have been and need to continue to be better in our final play. But overall I thought our mentality and team spirit was good."
UCLA (4-1-2) will now head up to San Luis Obispo to square off against Cal Poly (5-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 pm.