UCLA Men's Soccer Team Routs San Diego State, 6-1
Nov. 15, 2008
Pac-10 champion UCLA ended its regular season with a bang, exploding for a season-best six goals in a 6-1 rout at San Diego State on Saturday afternoon that extended the Bruins' unbeaten streak to eight games. Junior forward David Estrada scored two goals with one assist, and junior midfielder Michael Stephens tied the school record with four assists.
Senior midfielder Jason Leopoldo got the scoring started at 9:49, shooting past Aztec goalkeeper Jorge Rosales into the lower right corner for his third goal of the year. Stephens and Arreola were credited with the assists on Leopoldo's goal and also set up the Bruins' next goal by Estrada at 28:58. After receiving a through ball, Estrada shot far post from eight yards out to put UCLA ahead 2-0. Freshman Andy Rose got in on the action at 34:32, heading in a Stephens corner kick for his second goal in as many games.
In the second half, Arreola was rewarded for his two earlier assists, scoring his first collegiate goal on a cross from the right side at the 56:49 mark. Estrada and Stephens earned the assists, with Stephens' fourth assist of the game tying the school record set by Zak Ibsen in 1991. Estrada collected his second goal at 71:00 after Leopoldo sent through a pass from the top of the box. Andrew Sinderhoff finished the scoring for the Bruins at 79:36, earning his first goal of the year after a Richard Flores cross.
The six goals scored were the most by a Bruin team since a 7-1 NCAA quarterfinal win over Penn State in 2002.
UCLA was seconds away from its ninth shutout of the season, but after Raymundo Reza's shot was saved by reserve goalkeeper Brian Rowe, Dennis Sanchez collected the rebound and put it in past Rowe into the lower right corner with just three seconds left on the clock. It was the Bruins' first goal allowed in the run of play in over a month.
'I'm very pleased with how strong we finished the regular season,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'We possessed the ball really well, defended well and scored goals, and we look forward to continuing that in the postseason.'
UCLA (10-4-6, 7-1-2 in the Pac-10) enters the postseason on an eight-game unbeaten streak and has outscored its opponents by an 18-2 count during that streak. The Bruins are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 games.