Sixth-Ranked UCLA Defeats Oregon State, 2-1
Oct. 26, 2012
Corvallis, Ore. - Junior forward Victor Chavez and senior captain Ryan Hollingshead each scored a goal in the first half to lead the sixth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Oregon State on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Bruins kept pace in a tight Pac-12 race and set up a big match on Monday night with the first-place Washington Huskies. Overall, UCLA is now 10-2-2 and 5-1-0 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers dropped to 6-8-2 and 1-6-1 in conference play with the loss.
The Bruins struck first in the 17th minute when junior Joe Sofia played a great long ball to Hollingshead on the left side of the box. Hollingshead then sent a cross to the middle of the box to Chavez, who blasted a shot into the upper right hand corner for his fourth goal of the year. In the 22nd minute, Oregon State forward Glenn Paden went looking for the equalizer when he sent a rocket to the far post from the right side of the box. But sophomore keeper Earl Edwards was quick off his line and made a diving save to keep the Bruins in front.
UCLA wasn't done scoring though and in the 41st minute went up by two after Hollingshead took a through pass from Chris Cummings in the box and chipped one far post for a goal. The clock ran out with neither side seeing another scoring chance from there and the Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the half.
The Bruins kept that momentum going at the start of the second half as they continued to generate chances to begin the half. However, Oregon State keeper Matt Bersano hung tough and was able to keep the Bruins out of the back of the net. The Beavers then cut the deficit to one in the 67th minute when Emery Welshman scored his 10th goal of the year with a shot far post that beat Edwards.
The UCLA defense took over from there though and didn't allow a shot on goal for the rest of the match, giving UCLA the 2-1 win over the Beavers.
Overall, UCLA outshot Oregon State 16-7 in the match. Edwards made five saves to pick up the win while Bersano took the loss after making seven saves. Hollingshead finished the day with a goal and an assist, giving him the team-lead in points with 16. UCLA also upped their Pac-12 road winning streak to 13 matches and increased their overall road unbeaten streak to 16 matches, going 14-0-2 in their last 16 road contests.
"We came to Corvallis to get a win and that's exactly what we did," head coach Jorge Salcedo said after the match. "Everyone has talked about our game on Monday night, but our guys knew today's game was very important. We now have two days to prepare and be ready to go against Washington."
UCLA (10-2-2, 5-1-0 Pac-12) will play their last road match of the regular season when they clash with the 24th-ranked Huskies (10-3-3, 5-0-2 Pac-12) on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm. The match will be nationally televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
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