Bruins down Tulsa, 1-0, Behind Estrada's First Half Goal
Los Angeles, Calif. - Junior Max Estrada scored his first-ever UCLA goal in the 44th minute to lift the 14th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
With the win, the Bruins improved to 2-1-1 on the year while Tulsa fell to 2-2.
UCLA dominated possession for most of the first half and created numerous opportunities against the Golden Hurricane. The Bruins finally broke through in the 44th minute, when Leo Stolz played a short corner kick to Victor Munoz, who put in a beautiful cross to Estrada who finished the play with a great header into the goal. It was Estrada's first ever UCLA goal after he scored 33 a year ago for Hartnell College as the Bruins went into the half with a 1-0 lead.
At the start of the second half, Tulsa turned up the offensive pressure and saw a golden opportunity in the 48th minute when Matt Boullt unleashed a low lining shot towards the far post. The ball looked certain to go in, but freshman keeper Juan Cervantes made a tremendous diving save to deny Boullt and preserve the lead for UCLA.
UCLA's defense tightened up after that, but Tulsa almost broke through again in the 77th minute when Stephen Roberson broke away from the UCLA back line and put a bouncing shot towards the far post. But again Cervantes made a great diving stop to prevent a goal. From there neither side saw any more serious chances and the Bruins ran out the clock to earn a 1-0 victory over Tulsa.
Overall, the Bruins outshot the Golden Hurricane 16-10 and Cervantes made five saves to earn his second career victory. The back line of Wiet, Joe Sofia, Grady Howe and Chris Cummings also played well as the defense earned their second consecutive shutout of an opponent. UCLA has now shut out 10 of their last 13 opponents dating back to last year.
"We had a very good first half, but we were not good enough in front of goal," head coach Jorge Salcedo said after the match. "We need to be sharper and more prepared to play a full 90 minute game on Sunday."
UCLA (2-1-1) will wrap their home series against 11th-ranked UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 pm. The match will be the first part of another double header as the No. 1 ranked women will take on Tennessee at 4:30 pm immediately following the men's match.
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