UCLA heads over to UC Berkeley looking to redeem themselves after their poor showing against Stanford.
Things are starting to go from bad to worse at UCLA. They not only suffered a loss but were easily outmatched by defending national champion Stanford. The last time around, it was a close match where one goal by the Cardinal was enough to take down the Bruins. This time, though, Stanford drowned UCLA 5-1.
It all started with two first-half goals. Once again, UCLA allowed an early goal in the eighth minute to open the scoring. The Bruins had two separate chances to equalize but failed to capitalize. In the 25th minute, Santiago Herrera took a shot at goal but Stanford goalkeeper Nico Corti was there to make the stop. Then in the 31st minute, the Bruins were awarded a penalty kick but Brian Iloski’s shot was blocked by Corti. This was the first time Iloski had missed a penalty shot all season.
It didn’t get better in the second half. In the first minutes, Stanford extended their lead with another goal just outside the box to go up by three goals. The only light in the tunnel the Bruins saw all match long was the goal they scored in the 63rd minute of the game. Once again the Bruins earned a penalty kick and Brian Iloski stepped up again. This time it paid off as he converted the penalty to make sure the Bruins weren’t blanked out.
It looked as if the game would end with only a defeat of three goals, but Stanford had other plans. In the final minutes of the game, the Cardinal made two more goals in less than one minute to win the game 5-1.
I’m going to call the game what it is: a huge disappointment. This team has so much talent, but Jorge Salcedo is not getting results. UCLA lost against UC Berkeley last time the two met. With only two games left, the Bruins need to win today to avoid UCLA’s first losing season since 1952 and only UCLA’s sixth losing season ever. At this point, the Bruins should be playing to save Jorge Salcedo’s job.
This season has proven that not only is a change is needed in UCLA football. It’s also needed for UCLA men’s soccer.
This is your UCLA men’s soccer vs. UC Berkeley open thread!