Bruins Draw at Stanford, 1-1
STANFORD, Calif. – The UCLA men's soccer team battled Stanford to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The match was severely affected by rainy conditions in the area. The game started about 30 minutes earlier than scheduled, and the game was called after 90 minutes due to poor field conditions.
The tie was the first of the season for UCLA (8-5-1, 3-3-1). Stanford moved to 5-5-4, 2-3-1.
Sunday's match was scoreless for nearly the entirety of regulation, but each team produced a goal late in the second half to provide the final scoreline.
UCLA was the first team on the board, with redshirt freshman forward Jose Contell finding the back of the net in the 74th minute.
The goal-scoring play started with a corner kick, as an initial inswung ball was deflected up but not out by the Stanford keeper. From there, UCLA senior forward Kevin Diaz was able to get his head on the ball and send it to the far post, where Contell was able to hit a close-range half volley and punch it into the back of the net for the go-ahead score.
Stanford answered back just before the 82-minute mark with a set piece goal.
Awarded a free kick about 40 yards out to the keeper's left, Stanford hit a ball into the box that Noah Adnan was able to deflect on goal. UCLA keeper Justin Garces made the initial stop of the re-direct, but Adnan quickly pounced on the loose ball and poked it in for the equalizer.
The Bruins narrowly out-shot the Cardinal for the contest, 10-9. The hosts doubled up UCLA in fouls (19-8) in what turned out be a fairly physical contest.
UCLA does not play a game this upcoming week, and returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 4 with a home contest against Washington. That game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. PT, and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.