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What’s Bruin: UCLA Men’s Soccer Surges Past San Francisco in a 5-3 Win

Plus, another win for UCLA Women’s Volleyball and some UCLA Football news.

Brian Iloski recorded his first career brace.

Let’s take a look at this morning’s UCLA sports news. Shall we? First up is UCLA Men’s Soccer who opened their season last night in San Francisco.

UCLA Men’s Soccer

The Bruins kicked off the 2017 season with a bang when they defeated San Francisco 5-3. Blayne Martinez scored the first goal of the game and of the season for UCLA at the 16:01 to give UCLA the early lead. After that, things were quiet until the 41st minute when Eirik Baekkelund scored the second goal of the game for the Bruins. Less than a minute later, Brian Iloski scored on a penalty kick to make it 3-0,

In the second half, Iloski scored the eventual game-winner in the 51st minute to make it 4-0, Bruins. Leon Schwarzer added two quick goals for the Dons, starting with one in the 53rd minute and another less than a minute later to cut UCLA’s advantage to two goals. The Bruins added an insurance goal from Santiago Herrera in the 67th minute to stretch the lead back to three and it was 5-2, UCLA. After that, USF would only be able to score once more in the 83rd minute as the Bruins took home the 5-3 win.

UCLA’s next game is Friday as the team travels to the east coast to face the University of Maryland.

UCLA Women’s Volleyball

In four sets, the Bruins defeated Marquette, 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, and 25-23 to move to 2-0 to start the season.

In the first set, Marquette took an early lead winning 7 of the first 12 points. A 4-0 run by the Bruins put UCLA ahead 9-7. The Golden Eagles would cut the lead to 9-8 on the next point and the teams alternated scoring the next six points to make it 12-11, UCLA. A kill by Reily Buechler and a Marquette attack error made it 14-11 and gave the Bruins a 3-point lead. From there, the best the Golden Eagles could do was cut the lead to two points as UCLA finished the set strong scoring 13 of the next 18 points to win it 25-16.

The teams split the first 10 points of the second set before the Bruins went on a 3-point mini-run to take an 8-5 lead. Marquette would tie the set at 12-12 and the teams split the next four points to make it 14-14. UCLA then went on a 4-0 run powered by kills from Buechler and Mac May alone with two aces from Kyra Rogers to give the Bruins an 18-14 edge. The teams alternated scoring on the next twelve points to give UCLA a 24-20 lead and that’s when a Marquette attack error ended the set.

In the third, the teams split the first 20 points. But that’s when Marquette took control of the set by going on an 8-3 run to take an 18-13 lead. The teams split the next fourteen points and the Golden Eagles won the set 25-20.

UCLA opened the fourth set with a 6-1 run, but Marquette countered with a 14-4 run of their own to take a 15-10 lead. The teams split the next eight points making it 19-14, Marquette, but that eighth point was the start of a 5-1 Bruins’ run that made it 20-18, Golden Eagles. Marquette took two of the next three points to make it 22-19. But a 6-1 run by the Bruins highlighted by four attack errors by the Golden Eagles sealed the victory.

Freshman Mac May led the Bruins with 17 kills on the night while Buechler had 11 and Rogers added 10. Zana Muno led the team with 18 digs and Sarah Sponcil added 14 digs. Savvy Simo and Buechler were also in double figures with 12 digs each. Sponcil also led the team 48 assists. That gave Sponcil and Buechler both a double-double on the night.

UCLA Football

The Orange County Register has a profile of new UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Thuc Nhi Nguyen details how Fisch, who never played a down of football ended up coaching and how he goes about his business. She quotes Bruin fullback Giovanni Gentosi who says “He’s like a computer for the offense.” The article also details how, while coaching with the Houston Texans, Fisch had an aortic dissection that nearly killed him. It concludes quoting Fisch:

I love every day. I embrace the fact that I’m alive and I embrace the fact that I get to coach.

Now, he just needs to revive the Bruins’ anemic offense.

Meanwhile, Ben Bolch of the LA Times has a profile on UCLA’s only Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban. It’s the 50th anniversary of Beban beating out Southern Cal’s OJ Simpson for the Heisman. Bolch takes a look back at how the Heisman Trophy presentation was handled back then before the Heisman Trophy Presentation was televised.

Beban will be in attendance as the Bruins open their season against Texas A&M and will be back again on October 21st when UCLA celebrates the 50th anniversary of Beban’s Hesiman. Beban mentions that he would “like to have some company here” referring to another Heisman winner from UCLA.

From Beban’s mouth to God’s ears....

And that’s What’s Bruin this Sunday morning.

Go Bruins!