UCLA Tops Westmont 3-0 in Exhibition Tilt
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's soccer team commenced its fall 2021 season with a 3-0 exhibition win over visiting Westmont on Monday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.
The Bruins posted two goals inside the first 16 minutes of the contest, then notched their third score of the night less than three minutes into the start of the second half.
Junior midfielder Riley Ferch posted a team-high three points on the night, earning the primary assist on UCLA's second goal before finding the back of the net himself to close the game's scoring. The Bruins also received goals from freshman forward Jose Contell Lechon and sophomore forward Grayson Doody.
Sophomore defender Tommy Silva set up UCLA's opening tally in the sixth minute, working himself deep down the left wing before sending in a low ball for Contell Lechon, who met the pass at the near post and deftly re-directed the ball in while spinning.
At the 15:43 mark, Ferch maneuvered through a pair of defenders inside the 18 before laying off a ball on the right side of the box for Doody, who had plenty of open to shoot at.
Just over two minutes into the second half, Ollie de Visser slipped a ball from the right wing through a number of Westmont defenders for Ferch at the top of the box, and Ferch had plenty of time to line up a shot and finish inside the near post.
UCLA ended up outshooting the Warriors 20-1 in the contest. Westmont keepers Abraham Arteaga and Mans Ingarson – who each played a half – made three saves apiece.
In addition, Westmont's Graeme Jorden – son of UCLA head coach Ryan Jorden – made his collegiate debut on Monday, subbing in and playing 21 minutes. Ryan Jorden himself played at Westmont from 1991-94, and was an assistant coach with the Warriors for eight years starting in 2000.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday night, hosting Big West-member Cal Poly in an exhibition match. Admission for the game is free.
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