UCLA finishes out the regular season on the road against San Diego State tonight.
Tonight’s game was supposed to be the deciding factor. Instead, UCLA will play tonight’s game to finish out the season and not for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. If they would have defeated UC Berkeley, their dreams of a berth would still be alive. Unfortunately, Berkeley was too much for UCLA to handle, just like the first time around.
The Bruins allowed an early goal which forced them to spend the rest of the game trying to get back into it. Minutes into the second half, Milan Iloski scored his third goal of the season, courtesy of his brother Brian. But, less than a minute later, Berkeley regained the lead as Francisco Perez scored his second goal of the game for the brace.
It took UCLA twenty minutes to tie the game up and, when they did, it was thanks to Anderson Asiedu. The happiness was short lived as Berkeley took the lead again less than a minute later. This time, it was for good. After a back and forth game, UCLA lost their third game in a row to give them a 7-9-1 record, which would eliminate the Bruins from the NCAA Tournament.
The last time UCLA faced San Diego State, the Bruins won on a golden goal, but, even with a win tonight, the season will end with the team’s first losing season since 1962. The program is better than this, but you’re only as good as your coach. Jorge Salcedo has proven over the years that he’s not right for the program anymore. Yes, he has brought some success to the program, seven conference championships, but he has not brought a national title to UCLA since he took over.
Salcedo himself said, “[This loss] will force us to take a long, hard look at all facets of our program.” If he’s honest, then he should look at himself and do what’s the best for the program. He needs to resign at the end of the season. That is what is best for the program.
This is your UCLA Men’s Soccer vs. San Diego State open thread!