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Non-Revenue Roundup: Women's Volleyball's Big Weekend, Men's Water Polo Downs LMU, and Other Notes

Photo Credit: UCLA Athletics' Official Site
Photo Credit: UCLA Athletics' Official Site

It's football season and, obviously, Rick Neuheisel's conservative, play-not-to-lose mentality coupled with the diseased culture of mediocrity at Morgan Center have garnered the majority of Bruins fans' focus during the late summer and early fall.  But, while football is king (since it is the top revenue producer for an athletic department, where Morgan Center has failed under Guerr-error), our non-revenue athletes re doing their best to make sure, that in spite of Guerrero's Reign of Error, that UCLA will not be "First to 100, Last to 200."

Let's take a look at how they did over this weekend:

  • The #2-ranked men's water polo team put the sword to Loyola Marymount, defeating the #11-ranked Lions 11-7 at LMU's campus.  The Bruins improve to 7-1 on the season before taking on Air Force in the opening game of the SoCal Tournament next weekend.
  • In soccer action, the #2-ranked women's soccer team opened Pac-12 conference play by defeating Washington 1-0 at home in Drake Stadium with Chelsea Stewart netting the winner in the 79th minute. The Lady Bruins dominated a game that the scoreline did not reflect, taking 16 shots to the Huskies' one.  But it only took one goal to take the win and the Bruins continued to keep their undefeated season alive, improving their record to 8-0-1 for the season.
  • In a sloppy performance, the #13-ranked men's soccer team squeaked by Seattle 2-1 on Friday to improve their season tally to 5-2-1.  Chandler Hoffman, highlighted in yesterday's Bruin Bites, opened the scoring for the Bruins, with Kelyn Rowe scored the winning goal to break a 1-1 tie in the 78th minute.  UCLA, playing with 10 men following Eder Arreola's red card (which conceded the penalty that got Seattle their goal), managed to pull out a win in performance that doesn't exactly inspire confidence in Jorge Salcedo's ability to get the best out of his loaded roster.
  • Of course, after playing to a sloppy 2-1 win over Seattle, Jorge Salcedo's squad promptly went out and lost to unranked SMU 2-1 at Drake Stadium.  The Mustangs came out early, scoring in the second minute. Really Jorge, the second minute?!  Chandler Hoffman continued his blistering form by scoring the Bruins' equalizer in the 11th minute, which went all for naught when SMU netted the winning goal in the 27th minute.  Despite being a man down following a red card in the 74th minute, Jorge's boys were unable to find an equalizer for the remaining 16 minutes of the match, closing out a disappointing weekend akin to the American football Bruins' prior three games.
  • And with that, those are your non-revenue round-up notes from this past weekend's action.  A lot of good results early in the season for a handful of Bruin squads that look to make serious pushes for another UCLA championship (except men's soccer, who will be in the mix when they decide to find some consistency and form).