UCLA, Santa Clara Play to a 2-2 Draw

Sept. 2, 2011

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Santa Clara, Calif. - In a back and forth contest that saw each team come back from one goal deficits, the No. 6/13 UCLA Bruins and the Santa Clara Broncos played to a 2-2 tie at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Bruins almost fell behind early for the second straight match as a Santa Clara cross went into the box and was put on net by the Broncos in the 4th minute. The ball bounced past goalkeeper Brian Rowe, but fortunately defender Matt Wiet was there on the end line to keep the ball out of the net. However UCLA would concede a goal four minutes later as Bronco forward Erik Hurtado put a shot past Rowe to give Santa Clara a 1-0 lead.

Chandler Hoffman would get the equalizer in the 17th minute though after the ball entered the box off of a throw-in. The ball was deflected around a couple times and eventually landed at Hoffman's feet, where he promptly put a shot past the keeper to level the match at 1-1. Santa Clara threatened to take the lead again in the 25th minute after Hurtado got a ball in the box off of a corner and curled a shot on goal. But Rowe made a fantastic diving save to keep the teams deadlocked at 1-1. Rowe came up huge again when he stopped Bronco forward Connor Mitchell on a breakaway in the 30th minute and the two teams would eventually go into the half tied at 1-1.

The Bruins had a great chance to go ahead at the start of the second half when Andy Rose put a shot on goal that clanked off the post in the 65th minute. The ball trickled away from danger and the game remained tied. However UCLA would not remain down for long, as Eder Arreola took a Shawn Singh cross and blasted it into the back of the net with his left foot to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute. However, the Broncos got a late equalizer from defender Mykell Bates in the 84th minute when he got a pass in the box from Connor Mitchell and flicked a shot past Rowe.

Both teams then played scoreless soccer for two 10-minute overtime periods before the match officially ended in a draw. Overall, UCLA was outshot 17-12 by Santa Clara.

The Bruins (0-1-1) will continue their weekend series at UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 pm.

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