UCLA Shuts Out CSU Bakersfield 2-0 In Exhibition Game
Aug. 23, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - UCLA scored a goal in each half to win its exhibition opener, 2-0. The Bruins, who just began practice four days ago for the 2009 season, spread minutes around to 28 players. Senior forward Kyle Nakazawa scored the first goal in the 24th minute, and freshman forward Dakota Collins scored in the 61st minute. Four goalkeepers combined for the shutout, with senior Brian Perk playing the first half and sophomore Brian Rowe playing the majority of minutes in the second half.
The Bruins started a veteran group, with seven seniors in the starting lineup (Perk, defender Sean Alvarado, Nakazawa, midfielder Luis Serrano, forward David Estrada, defender Danny Suits and midfielder Michael Stephens). Also starting were sophomore defenders Andy Rose and Chris Cummings, sophomore midfielder Eder Arreola and freshman midfielder Amobi Okugo.
UCLA dominated possession in the first half and outshot the Roadrunners, 9-3. The game's first goal came on a third effort by the Bruin offense. After back-to-back shots by Arreola and Suits were blocked, Nakazawa gathered a loose ball in the box and hit a low liner to the right corner for the goal at 23:01.
A pair of freshmen combined to create the second goal at the 60:54 mark. Okugo received a pass at midfield, was knocked down but quickly got back up and maintained possession, sending a through ball to an open Collins, who got ahead of the defenders and hit a right-footed shot past the keeper for his first goal.
The bench cleared soon after, but the Bruins maintained the quality of play with several good scoring chances, including a shot by freshman Chandler Hoffman that hit the bottom of the crossbar and barely stayed in play. Backup goalkeepers Rowe, Kevin Weiner and Joe Scachetti kept Bakersfield off the board to maintain the shutout.
'For preseason, this was a useful exercise,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'We had a number of good performances. Our two central defenders, Danny Suits and Sean Alvarado, were very solid in their time out there. Our possession was good, and we had good ball movement as well. We still have some final touches to make in being sharper and better in our attacking third, but for being four days into our preseason, this was a good first step.'