Big First Half Gives Bruins 2-1 Victory over LMU

Sept. 11, 2011

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 17 UCLA men's soccer team got first half goals from Ryan Lee and Chandler Hoffman to help give them a 2-1 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions.

Lee's goal came early in the 13th minute, when a cross was sent into the box by Ryan Hollingshead and went through to the far post where Lee kicked it into an open net. UCLA then caught another break as LMU went down a man when Logan McDaniel was handed a red card in the 14th minute. The Bruins almost went up 2-0 in the 25th minute when Kelyn Rowe lined up to take a free kick from approximately 30 yards out. But the ball went just high as it hit the crossbar and went out of play. However, the Bruins would get that insurance goal just a couple of minutes later when Evan Raynr put a pass into the box for Chandler Hoffman, who tapped the ball into the near post past the keeper to put UCLA up 2-0. Reed McKenna had another great opportunity in the 43rd minute when he got a great long ball in the box from Andy Rose. But McKenna's shot went wide and the Bruins went into the half up 2-0.

At the start of the half, LMU was rewarded with a penalty kick in the 52nd minute after a UCLA handball in the box. Artur Jozkowicz stepped up for the Lions to take the kick and put it past the keeper to cut the deficit to 2-1. In the 58th minute, Eder Arreola almost put the Bruins back up by two with a shot in the box towards the far post, but LMU keeper Max Young made a diving save to keep the Lions within one. For the rest of the half, the Bruins did a good job of keeping possession and kept the ball away from the Lions. Victor Chavez saw a good chance in the 82nd minute when he curled a ball to the far post that came within inches of being a goal. In the waning minutes, Loyola Marymount pushed almost all of their men forward and won a couple of corners. But the Bruin defense stood stout and denied the Lions of any serious chances to seal their 2-1 victory.

Overall, the Bruins outshot the Lions 13-4 with each keeper making one save for their teams.

UCLA improves to 2-2-1 on the year and will be back out on the field on Friday, Sept. 16 to take on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Drake Stadium at 7 pm.

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