08 Dec 2021 | 14:44 | Soccer
OS ANGELES—UCLA defeated CSUN 4-0 in men’s soccer action Monday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.
Tommy Silva broke the seal of the 24:02 mark of the first half. UCLA was awarded a corner kick. Tucker Lepley placed the ball towards the Matador goal where Pietro Grassi took a shot that was saved by David Preys. The rebound came out in front where Silva put the ball into the back of the CSUN goal.
After being outshot 6-0, Jamar Ricketts recorded the first CSUN shot of the night which went off the left goal post in the 33rd minute. On the ensuing Bruins’ possession, Silva scored again. Grayson Doody took possession after a CSUN turnover. He passed the ball into the box towards Silva where he scored low and to the right.
The Bruins struck again in the 39th minute. Jose Sosa sent the ball to Silva who took a shot from 15 yards out. Preys made the save, but the rebound came back to Jose Contell who fired the ball into the low left portion of the CSUN net for a 3-0 score. Yoni Sorokin was awarded a penalty kick with 1:05 remaining in the first half which he converted to make the score 4-0 at halftime.
Giovanni Aguilar tallied the first shot on goal in the 59th minute for the Matadors. Aguilar’s shot was saved by UCLA goal Justin Garces in the bottom right of the Bruins’ net. Oscar Cardenas threatened a little over two minutes later when his free kick attempt was punched away by Garces. After a throw in, Ricketts followed with an effort that went wide. CSUN continue to push as Ethan Benham went wide left in the 71st minute. Chris Silva took the final Matadors’ shot in the 89th minute.
UCLA (3-1) outshot CSUN 14-6, 7-2 on goal. The Bruins had five corner kicks, compared to three for CSUN. Preys made two saves before giving way to Cooper Wenzel at halftime. Garces had two saves in 70+ minutes. He shared the shutout with Tyler Kirberg.
“We are going to keep working to get better,” said CSUN head coach Terry Davila. “We will continue to represent the hard work that is what CSUN and our program are all about.”
The Matadors (0-4) conclude a three-game road trip Thursday night when CSUN heads to No. 11/15 Loyola Marymount. Action begins at 7 p.m.
This was the 25th meeting between the Matadors and the Bruins…CSUN and UCLA were in the same conference, the MPSF, from 1992-97, and again in 1999…The Matadors started five freshmen while a sixth, Michael Arrington, was making his first appearance and start of the year…due to injuries and red cards from the previous match, CSUN had only five subs available, as such, Preys put on a field jersey and played the final five minutes as a forward.