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UCLA men’s soccer unbeaten streak finishes with loss to San Diego

Redshirt sophomore forward Blayne Martinez scored the UCLA’s lone goal Sunday. It wasn’t enough. The Bruins fell to the Toreros 3-1. It was their first loss in five games.
(Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

By Nicholas Yekikian

October 22, 2017 10:48 pm

The Bruins couldn’t make it five in a row.

For the first time since the 2014 season, UCLA men’s soccer (6-6-1, 3-2-0 Pac-12) went four consecutive games without a loss.

That streak was ended Sunday in a 3-1 loss to San Diego (8-3-2, 2-0-1 West Coast Conference).

Despite the final score, the matchup was not entirely dominated by the Toreros. UCLA finished the game with 11 shots compared to San Diego’s nine.

The Torero offense had averaged 1.33 goals per game, but Sunday they managed three.

UCLA could not convert with the same frequency, and the Toreos scored all their of their goals before the Bruins managed their single goal.

The scoring was opened up right before the end of the first half. San Diego defender Aaron Frey scored his first goal of the year in the 44th minute.

Frey found a loose ball inside the six-yard box and took a shot with his left foot. He drilled the shot into the top-left corner of the goal behind sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Silva.

But the Toreros didn’t stop at halftime. Within five minutes of the second half San Diego scored again.

Torero midfielder Djordje Babic was assisted by forward Miguel Berry. A pass from Berry made its way into the center of the six-yard box and Babic stuck one into the right side of the net.

Their final score came off a Bruin own goal in the 59th minute.

The Torero defense has only allowed about one goal per game to this point. Although freshman forwards Milan Iloski and Santiago Herrera both logged two shots on the night, the Bruins were only able to convert once.

UCLA’s lone goal came off a last minute effort by redshirt sophomore forward Blayne Martinez. In the 89th minute Martinez put in a rebound from a shot by fellow redshirt sophomore forward Robert Knights that bounced off the post.

It was the Bruins’ first loss in three weeks. They will return to Drake Stadium to start their second bout of Pac-12 play Thursday.

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Nicholas Yekikian | Alumnus
Yekikian joined the Bruin as a junior transfer in 2016 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the softball, men's soccer, women's volleyball, track and field, cross country and rowing beats.
Yekikian joined the Bruin as a junior transfer in 2016 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the softball, men's soccer, women's volleyball, track and field, cross country and rowing beats.
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