Sept. 4, 2011
Davis, Calif. - After going down to 10 men and despite mounting a late comeback, the No. 6/13 UCLA men's soccer team fell 2-1 in overtime to UC Davis on Sunday night.
UCLA had a number of scoring chances early on in the game. In the 20th minute, Kelyn Rowe put a shot on net that was saved by UC Davis goalkeeper Omar Zeenni. Eder Arreola followed that up with a shot one minute later, but the ball sailed high and the game remained tied. Forward Victor Chavez kept the pressure on as he put another shot on goal in the 23rd minute. But once again, Zeenni was there to make the save to keep the Bruins scoreless. The Bruin defense played well as they held the Aggies to only one shot in the first half and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 0-0.
The score would not remain tied for long as UC Davis got on the board right as the two teams came out for the second half. In the 48th minute, Aggie midfielder Alex Aguiar got a pass from Eddie Manella and put a shot from 18 yards past goalkeeper Earl Edwards to give UC Davis a 1-0 lead. The Bruins had an opportunity to equalize in the 58th minute when junior Fernando Monge received a cross in the box and put a header on net, but yet again Zeenni made the save to preserve the Aggie lead.
In the 64th minute, UC Davis had the chance to tack on an insurance goal, but were denied by the woodwork after Ethan Shawlee's shot hit off the post and skipped away from danger. The Aggies kept the pressure on though, as Manella put a shot on goal one minute later and was denied by Edwards. With the Aggies clinging to a 1-0 lead, UCLA changed course and pushed to attack as the second half wore on. The Bruins saw another chance to level the score in the 74th minute as Victor Chavez shot the ball towards goal. But unfortunately for the Bruins, the shot went wide and the deficit remained. Kelyn Rowe looked to put UCLA all square in the 79th minute, but had two shots blocked by the Aggie defense before they reached the goal. The pressure kept mounting for the Aggies, as Zack Foxhoven put a shot on net in the 80th minute and Chandler Hoffman took a shot towards goal in the 82nd minute. But Zeenni saved Foxhoven's shot and Hoffman's shot went wide as UC Davis clung to their 1-0 lead.
In the 83rd minute, things got much tougher for the Bruins as midfielder Ryan Lee was shown a red card and sent off from the match, thus leaving UCLA with 10 men for the rest of the game. Things were looking very bleak for the Bruins down a man and down a goal, but Chandler Hoffman came to the rescue, scoring in the 87th minute off a through pass from Kelyn Rowe to tie the game up at 1-1 and send the two teams to overtime. However the comeback would fall short, as in the 100th minute Alex Henry put a shot past Edwards and gave the Aggies the 2-1 victory in overtime.
UCLA (0-2-1) returns to action on Friday, Sept. 9 with their first home game of the season against Saint Mary's at Drake Stadium at 7 pm.