The Bruin enter tonight’s men’s soccer game against Cal State Northridge riding a two-game winning streak and they are 4-1 overall. That’s a fantastic start for a team that won just seven games all of last season. That’s due in large part to juco transfer Mohammed Kamara who leads the team with eight goals already this season.
Last Time Out
On Wednesday night, it wasn’t Kamara but Santiago Herrera and Matthew Powell who both stepped up for the UCLA. After there was no scoring in the entire first half, the Bruins fell behind early in the second half when Diego Herrera became the first opponent to score on UCLA goalkeeper Cole Martinez on a free kick in the 54th minute.
In the 65th minute, a hard shot by Matt Hundley rebounded right to Santiago Herrera, allowing him to put it away for the equalizer.
Powell got the game-winner in the 76th minute when he headed a Hundley corner kick right past Omaha goalkeeper Ugo Tritz.
Cal State Northridge Matadors
The Matadors enter tonight’s contest also riding a two-game winning streak. CSUN has won five of their last six games. Their last loss came against Washington in Seattle. They also their season opener to USF on the road.
Look for the Matadors to turn to their top four offensive players in Daniel Trejo, Johnny Rodriguez, Khalid Hunter and Wolfgang Prentice. Trejo, Rodriguez and Hunter have each scored four goals so far this season while Prentice has added three.
The key to this game is keeping those guys off the scoreboard. The Matadors are 3-1 in games where they score at least twice. If the Bruins can hold the Matador offense at bay, which seems likely given the fact that UCLA has only allowed two goals so far this season, then the Bruins should be able to come away with the win. But, it’s still likely to be a close game. I’m predicting a 2-0 Bruin win.
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