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Late Contell Tally Seals 1-0 Win Over Virginia Tech

Aug 28, 2022
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LOS ANGELES – Redshirt sophomore forward Jose Contell scored in the 81st minute to break a scoreless tie and key No. 20 UCLA to a 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

It was the second consecutive one-nil victory for the Bruins (2-0-0) to start the 2022 season. UCLA also held its opponent without a shot on goal for the second straight time, and – counting preseason exhibitions – has now allowed just two attempts on frame total over four games this year.

Freshman midfielder Tarun Karumanchi set up the game-winning sequence, receiving a pass near the center circle following a failed Virginia Tech clearance. With most of VT's players still inside the box, Karumanchi took off through an open midfield, drawing a pair of defenders to him near the 18 before laying off a ball down the left side for junior defender Tommy Silva.

From there, Silva first-timed a cross into the box, and Contell was able to meet it with a left-footed strike right around the penalty spot, rolling it in for the game's lone score.

UCLA had the majority of possession and scoring chances before and after Contell's goal.

Most notably, the Bruins had a pair of Grade-A opportunities in quick succession midway through the first half. The first chance came via redshirt senior forward Kevin Diaz, who had a goal-bound redirect cleared off the line by a Virginia Tech defender in the 23rd minute. About three minutes later, senior midfielder Riley Ferch played junior forward Andre Ochoa into a breakaway, but the VT keeper stopped Ochoa's chip attempt.

By the final whistle, UCLA doubled up the Hokies (0-2-0) in the shot department, 10-5. None of Virginia Tech's five attempts were on frame. UCLA sophomore keeper Nate Crockford picked up his second consecutive shutout with the result.

UCLA resumes a four-game homestand this week, hosting Liberty on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. PT. A live stream of that contest will be available through