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What’s Bruin: UCLA Men’s Soccer Wins Their Home Opener, 1-0

Plus, UCLA men’s water polo, women’s volleyball, and gymnastics news....

Brian Iloski scored the game-winner on a penalty kick.

UCLA Men’s Soccer

In their home opener, UCLA hosted UNLV Monday night. A late game penalty kick gave the Bruins their second win of the season, defeating the Rebels 1-0.

The Bruins pounded and pounded on the door shot after shot, but were unable to convert. That was until they were awarded a penalty in the last minutes of the game. Redshirt senior Brian Iloski stepped up to the plate and converted his shot. With this goal, Iloski is now up to four goals for the season.

Here is a recap of the game and post-game interview with Brian Iloski, courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

UCLA takes on Clemson next Tuesday on September 19.

UCLA Men’s Water Polo

The UCLA Men’s Water Polo team defeated Princeton 14-8 on Sunday to wrap up the Princeton Invitational. Freshmen Nicolas Saveljic and Chasen Travisano each scored four goals to lead the Bruins and senior Max Irving scored three times to record the hat trick. Jesse Camou, Evan Rosenfeld, Matt Farmer each had a goal as well.

Here are the highlights, courtesy of UCLA Athletics

In other news, freshman Nicolas Saveljic was named MPSF/KAP7 Newcomer of the Week. Saveljic earned the honor after scoring 12 goals in the five games last week. He now leads the league in total goals (16) and is sixth in scoring (2.29 gpg).

UCLA takes on UC Santa Barbara this Friday, September 15.

UCLA Women’s Volleyball

The UCLA Women’s Volleyball team was swept in two matches over the weekend by #12 Nebraska. Both matches were three-set wins for the Huskers. The final score for Friday’s match was 15-25, 21-25, 20-25 while the final score for Saturday was 15-25, 19-25, 17-25.

While it’s still early in the season, it certainly doesn’t bode well for the Bruins’ chances in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Michael Sealy needs to do a better job of having his team prepared for top competition and he needs to do a better job developing the talent on the team.

UCLA Gymnastics

Olympic gymnast Madison Kocian had successful surgery in to repair a torn labrum in her left shoulder. The injury occurred more than a year ago during Olympic Trials but was kept quiet by Kocian and her team.

Kocian had surgery last month in August and is expected to make a full recovery. It is unknown if she would be able to compete in the upcoming 2018 season. Recovery for this kind of injury is case by case. While UCLA would be missing a crucial piece, no doubt another athlete will step up if Kocian redshirts her sophomore season.

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

Go Bruins!