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UCLA Men’s Soccer Holds Off Colgate 4-2, Advances to 2nd Round

The UCLA Men’s Soccer team held off Colgate the entire second half and now advances to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Senior midfielder Willie Raygoza scored the first goal of his collegiate career as UCLA beat Colgate 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament.

The UCLA Men’s Soccer team defeated the Colgate Raiders 4-2 in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament yesterday at Drake Stadium.

The Bruins got on the board first when Jose Hernandez got a shot between the goalie and the left post in the 17th minute. Colgate came back to tie the game in the 22nd minute as Zach Pagani scored unassisted.

Senior Willie Raygoza scored just the second goal of his collegiate career to give UCLA the lead for good in the 26th minute. While Colgate never tied the match after Raygoza’s goal, the game-winner ended up being Abu Danladi’s shot in the 33rd minute that gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead.

Bruno Scodari would close Colgate’s deficit to 3-2 in the 38th minute and and that was the score at the half.

In the second half, the only scoring would be a UCLA insurance goal by sophomore midfielder Kike Poleo in the 89th minute, giving the Bruins a 4-2 lead and that’s how it ended.

Here are the highlights from the match, courtesy of UCLA Athletics and Pac-12 Networks.

UCLA now heads to Louisville on Sunday to play the 4th-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.

Go Bruins!