Oct. 12, 2012
San Diego, Calif. - In a wild, high scoring match, the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins outlasted the San Diego State Aztecs by a score of 4-3 to stay atop the standings in the Pac-12. Junior Reed Williams scored two goals to lead the Bruins while senior Ryan Hollingshead recorded three assists on the night.
UCLA improved to 9-2-2 with the win and are 4-1-0 in conference play. Meanwhile, the Aztecs dropped to 4-6-2 and 0-4-1 in Pac-12 play with the loss. The Bruins have also now won 17 of their last 18 Pac-12 matches and are unbeaten in their last 15 road matches, going 13-0-2.
The Bruins got the scoring started early when Joe Sofia struck in the 7th minute, heading in a Leo Stolz cross from three yards out for his second goal of the year. Chris Cummings added the second assist on the play. The Aztecs came back though and leveled the match in the 26th minute when Jordan Ongaro headed one past Bruin keeper Earl Edwards to make it 1-1. However, the scoring wasn't done and with 11 minutes to go in the half Williams slotted one past the San Diego State keeper from a few yards out to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage going into halftime.
Coming out of the half, the Aztecs once again came back and evened the match when Ata Ozbay scored on a free kick from about 22 yards out to make it 2-2 in the 51st minute. But consistent with how the night went, the match would not stay tied for long as Williams struck again in the 59th minute. Williams took a pass from Hollingshead and then hit the ball from 10 yards out off of Aztec keeper Blake Hylen's hand and into the goal, making it 3-2 UCLA with just over 30 minutes to play. Senior Evan Raynr got the play started with a great ball into the middle to Hollingshead, who headed it to the Williams for the finish.
The match slowed down a little from there, but San Diego State once again found an equalizer with just nine minutes to go when Ozbay chipped a ball over Edwards' head to teammate Blake Wise, who headed it into the goal to make it 3-3 in the 82nd minute. However, once again UCLA proved to be resilient and just two minutes later found the game-winner when Raynr hit a shot off the post that came back to Victor Chavez, who pounced on the rebound and put it into the net to give UCLA a big 4-3 road win.
On the night, Edwards made a career-high eight saves to earn his sixth win of the year while Hollingshead notched three assists in the match to give him a team-leading seven overall. Hollingshead's three assists were also the most in a single match since Adolfo Gregorio had three back on Oct. 17, 2003. Raynr added two assists of his own in the match as well.
"Tonight's match was obviously a wild game," head coach Jorge Salcedo said. "After Monday's result, the guys fought hard and found a way to win. We are looking forward to our small break and then preparing for the second half of conference play."
UCLA (9-2-2, 4-1-0) will have all of next week off before making a trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Oregon State Beavers (6-4-2, 1-2-1) and the Washington Huskies (8-3-2, 3-0-1) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 pm and Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm respectively. Both matches will be nationally broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.