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Bruins Fall at Cal, 2-0

Mar 20, 2021
Riley Ferch (photo: Don Liebig)

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BERKELEY, Calif. – The UCLA men's soccer team absorbed a 2-0 loss on the road to California on Saturday afternoon at Witter Rugby Field.

The Bruins (1-5-1, 0-4-1 Pac-12) outshot the Golden Bears (2-3-0, 2-3-0) by a margin of 14-4 and applied consistent offensive pressure throughout the game, but ultimately couldn't find the back of the net. Cal's two goals came on their only two shots-on-goal in the game.

Sophomore midfielder Riley Ferch led all players with four shots on Saturday, three of which were on frame. Kevin Diaz added three shots, while defenders Ahmed Longmire and AJ Vasquez both registered a pair of shots.

Cal went up for good on a 14th minute goal by Evan Davila, who hit a pinpoint strike into the upper right corner of the net to make it 1-0.

The hosts doubled their lead less than two minutes later, with Jonathan Estrada finishing off a Cal counterattack with a left-footed strike at the 15:41 mark.

The Bruins had almost the entirety of the scoring chances over the remainder of the game, including a pair of high-quality chances on either side of the halftime break. 

In the 28th minute, Tommy Silva found AJ Vasquez in the box off a set piece, but Vasquez's header went high over the bar. A few moments later, Diaz was able to first-time a shot from inside the 18, but it likewise went high over the net.

The Bruins produced another chance off a set piece in the 76th minute, with Ferch picking out a streaking Longmire run from the left side of the box. Longmire was able to get open and head it towards goal, but it went high.

In the 78th, Andrew Paoli hit the right post for the Bruins after a long period of possession in the offensive third.

UCLA is next in action on Wednesday, Mar. 24 at Pac-12 rival San Diego State. That match wraps up a stretch that sees the Bruins play four of five games on the road.