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Cal Falls To No. 25 UCLA 2-1

Sep 18, 2022
Shoei Honda scored in the 40th minute of Cal's battle with the Bruins.

BERKELEY - With his team-high third goal of the season, Shoei Honda gave Cal men's soccer a 1-0 lead over No. 25 UCLA late in the first half of their Pac-12 clash on a rainy Sunday at Edwards Stadium. But the Bruins scored even later in the half and scored again in the 76th minute to beat the Golden Bears, 2-1.

Cal's record now stands at 2-2-3 (1-1 Pac-12). UCLA is 4-2-1 (1-0-1 Pac-12).

In the 40th minute, Honda latched onto the ball after a scrum in the UCLA box and backheeled the ball past goalkeeper Nate Crockford to give Cal a 1-0 lead.

"Shoei has been coming off the bench and every time gives us a spark we need to reignite the attack," Cal head coach Leonard Griffin said. "We're confident in our whole frontline rotation with Nonso Adimibua, Shoei, Nate Carrasco and Arman Samimi. We're happy that Shoei scored today."
A UCLA corner kick set up the Bruins' first goal. In the 45th minute, Tommy Silva's corner found Aaron Edwards, who nodded the ball down to Kevin Diaz, who scored from close range.
The teams took the 1-1 tie into halftime.
In the 76th minute, Jose Contell connected with Silva's corner, scoring on a header to give UCLA its 2-1 lead.
After a nice build up by the Bears, Cal had a scoring chance in the 86th minute. But Jonathan Estrada's 17-yard shot was blocked.

"We did a pretty good job of executing our tactical gameplan and our defense for the most part," Griffin said. "Set pieces can win or lose a game, and unfortunately we lost today."
Cal next hosts Saint Mary's on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.