Sept. 16, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior Ryan Hollingshead scored the only goal of the match in the 54th minute as the 11th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team earned their fourth straight win after defeating the Loyola Marymount Lions 1-0 on Sunday.
UCLA improved to 4-1-1 on the year while LMU fell to 1-4-1 with the loss.
The Bruins went on the offensive right from the get go, getting shots on goal from Reed Williams in the 5th minute and Grady Howe in the 13th minute. But both times LMU keeper Paul Blanchette made saves to keep the match scoreless. UCLA kept at it though, and almost broke through in the 18th minute when Hollingshead put a shot towards goal that hit the crossbar and bounced away from danger.
The pressure on Blanchette would not stop and the Bruins continued to generate chances, highlighted by Fernando Monge heading a shot on goal in the 32nd minute that was again saved by Blanchette. Despite outshooting the Lions 10-3 in the first half and having eight corner kicks to LMU's zero, UCLA was unable to score and both schools went into the half tied at 0-0.
UCLA finally broke the scoreless tie in the 54th minute when Hollingshead put the Bruins on top 1-0 with a one-touch in front of goal after a great cross from Evan Raynr. From there the Bruin defense took over and kept the Lions out of the goal, eventually lifting UCLA to their fourth straight win with a 1-0 victory over LMU.
The Bruins looked to be the far better team on the day, outshooting the Lions 15-4 and finishing with a 13-0 corner kick advantage. Sophomore goalkeeper Earl Edwards returned to the pitch after missing four matches with an injury and made three saves to earn his first victory of the year. UCLA also improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 road matches with the win and earned their 11th shutout in their last 15 matches.
"It was a solid performance and a good win," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "Our possession and moments to create goal-scoring opportunities were good. We just lacked some finishing. We look forward to our next match and continuing to improve."
UCLA will continue their road trip next weekend when they take on rivals UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6 pm and Cal Poly on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 pm. The UC Santa Barbara match will be nationally brodcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.