Sept. 23, 2012
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Senior Fernando Monge scored in his second consecutive match and sophomore goalkeeper Earl Edwards made four saves to the lead the ninth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over Cal Poly.
The Bruins finish non-conference play with a 5-1-2 record while Cal Poly dropped to 5-3-0 on the year.
The first half was a quiet one as the two sides combined for just five shots in the half, with Edwards making a save on the only shot on goal. After the teams came out for the second half, the Bruins struck right away as Monge put the team ahead in the 46th minute with another header in the back of the net off of a corner kick from Leo Stolz. It was the second consecutive match that Monge has scored for the Bruins after he scored their lone goal in the 1-1 draw at UC Santa Barbara on Friday night. In addition, all three of Monge's goals this season have been off of headers and his three goals and seven points are new career single-season bests for him.
UCLA kept the pressure on and outshot Cal Poly in the second half by a 10-5 mark (13-7 overall). Edwards was also superb in goal, making three second half saves to keep the Mustangs out of the net. The defensive play of Grady Howe, Joe Sofia, Matt Wiet and Javan Torre, who was making his first career start, was also outstanding. Along with Edwards, they made Monge's goal stand as the Bruins went on to take the match by the score of 1-0. The shutout win marked the 12th time in the last 17 matches that UCLA has shutout their opponent and it was the fourth shutout this year by the Bruins.
"We had a fantastic mentality this weekend," head coach Jorge Salcedo stated after the match. "Our second half today won us the game and I am really proud of how we have ended the non-conference portion of our schedule. We have arguably played the toughest schedule thus far in the country. We will build on all of the positives and work to be even better during our Pac-12 season."
UCLA (5-1-2) kicks off Pac-12 play next week up in the bay area, squaring off against Stanford (3-4-0) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 pm and California (5-2-1) on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4 pm. Both matches will be nationally broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins also enter conference play having won their last 13 matches against Pac-12 foes.