Well, the 2018 UCLA men’s soccer team is off to a great start. After defeating both Coastal Carolina and San Diego, the Bruins are 2-0 heading into tonight’s game against the San Francisco Dons and a win tonight will have the Bruins with almost half as many wins as the team had all of last season.
Against San Diego on Tuesday, junior forward Mohammed Kamara scored a pair of goals in the 41st and 45th minutes while senior goalkeeper Cole Martinez saved the Toreros only shot on goal for another clean sheet.
Martinez has yet to allow a goal this season.
Kamara, who is a junior college transfer from the two-time National Junior College Champion Tyler Junior College Apaches, has now scored three goals so far this season on eight shots. While a student at Tyler Junior College, Kamara was the two-time NJCAA National Player of the Year which certainly helps to explain why he seems to be taking Division I by storm so far this year.
San Francisco had a tough opening game against Cal State Northridge. That game was tied 2-2 heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Senior midfielder Sean Bowman took a Harrison Knepp pass and snuck the ball past the CSUN goalkeeper in the 81st minute. Senior Santiago DiGiuseppe had scored the Dons first two goals of the game.
Last Sunday, the Dons played San Diego State to a 1-1 draw after freshman Cameron Martin scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute. With neither team able to score in either regulation or two overtime periods, it went down as a draw.
If UCLA keeps getting the same kind of play out of Martinez in the net and Kamara on the other end, this team should keep on winning. Right now, I’d guess that this one should become the Bruins’ third win in a row before they visit Maryland on Friday, which will be a tough match.
This one shouldn’t be based on how UCLA has been playing so far.
This is your UCLA Bruins vs. San Francisco Dons men’s soccer open thread.