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American University Upsets No. 1 UCLA, 2-1 in Overtime

Sep 5, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M. - The top-ranked UCLA men's soccer team suffered its first setback of the young season on Friday night at the Grange & Ashwill Memorial Tournament hosted by the University of New Mexico, falling to American University, 2-1 in overtime.

After trailing 1-0 for most of the match, UCLA (2-1) was able to notch the equalizer in the 77th minute on Abu Danladi's first goal of the year. The Eagles failed to clear a corner kick and a shot by Bruin freshman Seyi Adekoya was blocked, however Danladi was able to pounce on the loose ball and tie the game with a little more than 13 minutes to play in regulation.

Both teams played scoreless soccer for the remainder of regulation, however just about seven minutes into the first overtime period, American University's Dale Ludwig found the back of the net following a throw-in from Jordan Manley. Bruin keeper Earl Edwards was able to get a hand on it but couldn't stop it from going into the net, as the Eagles celebrated the golden goal victory.

Ludwig was definitely the star for American University on the evening, as he also notched the team's opening goal in the 30th minute.

"Tonight's loss is squarely on my shoulders," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "I changed our system and tactics to attempt to improve upon our first weekend. From the beginning of the game we were lacking rhythm and an understanding of how to move with and without the ball. Credit to American, they fought hard and made plays that were the difference in the match."

UCLA will look to regroup prior to its next match of the weekend, also in New Mexico. The Bruins will take on host No. 6 New Mexico on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (PST).