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UCLA Men’s Soccer Visits Stanford Today After Tying UC Berkeley

The Bruins played to a draw on Thursday against the Golden Bears. Today, they visit the Stanford Cardinal.

Justin Garces will need to play a great game today if UCLA wants to have a chance to beat Stanford.

It was déjà vu all over again on Thursday when the UCLA men’s soccer team played UC Berkeley. That’s because the teams tied 3-3 for the second time this season.

This afternoon, the Bruins return to the pitch to face the #5 Stanford Cardinal and UCLA will be looking for a different result than when the teams met last month in Westwood. Today’s game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network Los Angeles.

Last Time Out

When the teams met in Westwood, UCLA trailed 3-2 and needed an equalizer from Alexis Triadis in the 83rd minute to send the game into overtime. On Thursday, Triadis picked up where he left off against the Golden Bears by scoring the first goal of the game in the 8th minute.

After that, Thomas Williamson and Milan Iloski each traded a pair of goals. Williamson’s came in the 21st minute and 76th minute for UC Berkeley while Iloski’s came in the 47th minute and the 86th minute for the Bruins.

Then, Berkeley got an equalizer in the 90th minute which sent the game into overtime.

Neither team was able to score in OT and, like the game last month, it ended in a draw.

Stanford Cardinal

When the Cardinal visited Westwood last month, UCLA only gave up one goal to Stanford, but the Bruins weren’t able to get on the scoreboard themselves.

Frankly, there’s no reason to believe that today’s final result will be much different. In fact, I think it’s going to be a little bit worse given that the Cardinal are the home team today. I’m going to take a stab here and predict a 2-0 Cardinal win, but I think it could end a little uglier than that for the Bruins.

This is your UCLA vs. Stanford men’s soccer open thread.

Go Bruins!