Tonight, the UCLA men’s soccer team looks to end the regular season on a high note and send their seniors out with a bang when the visiting San Diego State Aztecs come into Westwood. Before tonight’s game kicks off at 8 pm PT, UCLA will honor Joab Santoyo, Erik Holt, Anderson Asiedu, Kike Poleo, and Cole Martinez.
Last Time Out
The Bruins thoroughly outplayed the visiting Stanford Cardinal in all facets of the match, but, unfortunately, came away with a 1-0 defeat. UCLA even had a shot that was cleared off the line at the last possible minute by a Stanford defender. To make matter worse, the Bruins hit the post three times over the course of the game and outshot Stanford 21-10 UCLA had six of their shots on goal compared to four for the Cardinal. Stanford’s lone goal came in the 52nd minute by Zach Ryan which was, ultimately, enough to push them over the top. This was a truly heartbreaking loss for the UCLA Bruins, especially when you consider the fact that they thoroughly outplayed an elite opponent.
San Diego State Aztecs
The Aztecs come into their season finale against the Bruins standing at 6-10-1 overall and 1-8-0 in Pac-12 play. They’ve also lost six of their last seven games. The Aztecs have only won one game on the road this season. SDSU’s defense has been easy to exploit this season, as they’ve given up two or more goals a plethora of times this season. When these two teams met in October and the UCLA Bruins squeezed out a narrow 2-1 victory in overtime in San Diego.
This is a perfect opportunity for the Bruins to take their anger out on the Aztecs for UCLA’s tough-luck loss against Stanford last weekend. The Bruins will have plenty of chances to score in this one. This game should be a nice little tune-up for the Bruins as they prepare for the NCAA men’s soccer tournament which kicks off next week and should be an easy win for the UCLA Bruins.