School is back in session, so there's no excuse not to paint UCLA on your chest and take in a free non-revenue match at Drake, Wooden, or Speiker.
While Rick Neuheisel managed to eek out a win against the Pac-12's perennial doormat (despite having a more talented roster and playing at home in the Rose Bowl), other Bruin squads weren't as successful, as UCLA had a mixed weekend for the various non-revenue sports in action this weekend.
With that, let's take a look at how our other Bruin athletes fared this weekend:
- It was a very bad weekend for B.J. Snow and his women's soccer squad, who came away without a win on their Bay Area road-trip. The #2-ranked Lady Bruins started the weekend against their University of California brethren on Friday, getting thoroughly dominated in the first half (being out-shot 8-1). They were able to turn it around in the second half, but despite a pair of overtimes, neither team could find the net as UCLA walked away with a 0-0 draw. Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland was the star for the Bruins, making five saves to keep the Bears from stealing a win.
- After failing to pull out a win against the Bears, the B.J. Snow's ladies then took on #1-ranked Stanford on Sunday and Rowland was not destined to have a good weekend, as the Cardinal blitzed the Bruins, scoring all four of their goals in the opening forty minutes. UCLA's Zakiya Bywaters was able to get one back for UCLA in the eighteenth minute, but Stanford easily handled UCLA to the tune of 4-1 to expose the gulf between #1 and #2. The Lady Bruins fell to 10-1-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Pac-12 play.
- It was a totally different story for Jorge Salcedo and the #13-ranked men's soccer squad this weekend. The men started their weekend against Washington on Friday, running over the Huskies 4-1. After starting strong in the first half through goals by Kelyn Rowe and Ryan Hollingshead, the men kept their foot on the pedal despite conceding just before the half, bagging two more goals in the second half through Eder Arreola and Victor Chavez.
- Jorge's squad then traveled to Corvallis to take on Oregon State on Sunday, dropping the Beavers 2-1. After falling behind 1-0, Kelyn Rowe netted the equalizer just before the end of the half in the 43rd minute. Despite cutting out their fair share of chances, the Bruins couldn't put the game away until sophomore Victor Munoz grabbed the winner in the 89th minute. Not the prettiest win, but a road conference win, nonetheless as the Bruins improved to 9-3-1 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play.
- The #3-ranked men's water polo team opened their weekend against #2-ranked Cal at Spieker Aquatics Center, getting their shot at revenge for the Golden Bears dropping the Bruins out of the SoCal Tournament the week before by the score of 8-4. However, in their MPSF conference opener, the Bruins were again unable to unlock the key to stopping the Bears, falling again as the Bears overwhelmed the Bruins during the third quarter, this time losing by the score of 8-5. The Bruins turned it around on Sunday, destroying #7-ranked UC Irvine by the score of 18-6, with ten different Bruins scoring, and three Bruins (Brett Hays, Paul Reynolds, and Griffin White) each grabbing hat tricks. The Bruins improved to 11-3 for the year, standing at 1-1 in MPSF conference play.
- Turning to our national champion and current #1-ranked women's golf squad, the women will get back in action next weekend in Palo Alto at the Pepsi/Stanford Invitational.
- For the #3-ranked men's golf team, they got their season underway today at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, hosted by Ohio State, in Dublin, Ohio. Speaking of men's golf, top-ranked amateur and current UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay grabbed all the attention the past week, playing alongside Tiger Woods in the Frys.com Open, playing well despite the large crowds that followed the former world #1 and Nike pitchman. However, Cantlay wasn't the only Bruin in the field, as the Frys.com Open field featured eight other former UCLA golfers (Brandt Jobe, John Merrick, Kevin Chappell, Tom Pernice Jr., Spencer Levin, Scott McCarron, Erik Flores, and Matt Marshal).
- Finally, the #2-ranked women's volleyball team split their weekend games in Arizona. The Lady Bruins started the weekend in Tempe against the Sun Devils, sweeping conference bottom-feeders Arizona State 3-0. Junior where the #2-ranked Bruins were upset by the unranked Wildcats 3-2, despite junior Rachael Kidder's double-double (26 kills and 14 digs)
- Speaking of women's volleyball, in case you missed it, the official web site had a Q&A with freshman Karsta Lowe prior to the Lady Bruins road-trip to the Arizona school.
That's it for the weekend round-up of non-revenue action. Mixed results for UCLA, much like Rick Neuheisel's football squad, which pulled out the win (and wins are always good) but did so in a butt-ugly fashion against the perennial conference doormat.
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