UCLA heads down South to the University of San Diego to face the Toreros as they wrap up non-conference play.
The Bruins had been on an upward path for the last few weeks. Starting with Oregon State, the Bruins were on a three-game winning streak until it hit a standstill Wednesday against New Mexico. The Bruins were forced to play catch-up after falling behind 1-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game.
It didn’t take long in the second half for UCLA to equalize. In the 52nd minute, Matthew Powell converted a free kick from Brian Iloski to draw the game level for his second goal of the season. As the minutes were winding down, the Bruins were forced to play with a man down as Anderson Asiedu was issued a red card after a foul in the 84th minute. Asiedu has been a starter for the Bruins all season long, along with Brian Iloski and Kevin Silva, and will miss his first game of the season against the Toreros tonight.
For the third straight game, UCLA headed into overtime, but neither team was able to score and it ended a 1-1 draw. That leaves the Bruins unbeaten in four games and looking for a win tonight.
The last time UCLA and San Diego met was back in 2014 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament when the Bruins defeated the Toreros in overtime thanks to a brace from former Bruin Leo Stolz. But things are different this time around. While the Bruins have been struggling this season, the Toreros have been crushing their competition and are now on a six-match unbeaten streak stemming back to September.
It has been four games since UCLA has last suffered a loss and the Bruins hope to make it five with a win tonight.
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