UCLA returns home against Oregon State as they look to pull off the season sweep after defeating the Beavers earlier in the month.
In their last game, UCLA headed down to San Diego but could not hold back the Toreros. They fell 3-0 and ended their unbeaten streak at four. Up until the end of the first half, the game was under control. Seconds before the half ended, San Diego scored to take the lead into the locker room.
Things only went downhill from there.
Minutes into the second half, UCLA’s chances grew slim. San Diego scored a goal to extend their lead after a Bruin defensive miscue. Even though the chances to equalize were small, they were still there for the Bruins. That was until an own goal minutes after the second sealed the game.
If not for Blayne Martinez, the Bruins would have been shut out. Martinez scored his second of the season to give UCLA a consolation goal in the final minutes of the game. The Bruins are now 6-6-1 going into the final stretch of the season.
UCLA returns home to face Oregon State for the second time in three weeks. Earlier this month, the Bruins faced Oregon State in Corvallis and downed the Beavers thanks to a goal by Milan Iloski. While the game ended with a win, it wasn’t a win that came easily.
The struggle bus has been the theme for the team this year, if not for the last couple of seasons. Starting with Oregon State, UCLA has five games left. At this point, it’s going to be hard for the Bruins to finish with a winning record. In fact, they will likely finish the season with fewer than 10 wins for just the second time since 1960. The other time was in 2007 when they finished 9-9-3 under Coach Salcedo. A team with this much talent shouldn’t be struggling to finish at .500, but that’s what happens when the team is led by a coach who can’t get results from a group of talented players.
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