This afternoon, the UCLA men’s soccer team faces a tough test when the #6 Stanford Cardinal come to Westwood for a game at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.
Last Time Out
On Thursday night, the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak against the UC Berkeley Golden Bears with a 1-0 victory.
The Bruins had a bevy of opportunities to score early, but failed to capitalize. It seemed like frustrations would boil over, but sophomore forward Santiago Herrera came to the rescue with the game-winning header in the 87th minute of play. It was a beautiful display of teamwork that started with Anderson Asiedu taking a corner kick and navigated it to Eric Ilsoki who then whipped a beautiful ball up top to Herrera, who leapt up and delivered a stunning header. The ball sailed over the reach of UC Berkeley goalkeeper Noah Texter.
This was an important win for the Bruins, who came into that contest riding a two-game losing streak with the Stanford Cardinal on the horizon.
The three-time national champions Stanford Cardinal comes into their game against the Bruins riding a three-game win streak and they show no signs of slowing down. Stanford got the best of the UCLA on September 30th with a 3-0 drubbing up north. The Cardinal control their own destiny and sit alone on top of the Pac-12 standings with the NCAA Tournament right around the corner. Stanford is coming off of a 2-0 win at San Diego State and holds a modest 4-1-2 record on the road.
Make no mistake, this is a big game for UCLA. They currently sit at 3rd place in the conference with the NCAA Tournament getting underway on November 15th.
With the elite defense of the Cardinal, it is imperative for the Bruins to come out of the gate aggressive and hope to grab an early lead on the back of the home crowd. You bet that the Bruins will be looking to avenge their 3-0 loss to the Stanford Cardinal earlier this season. Buckle up, folks!
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