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UCLA Shuts Out San Diego State, 2-0

Oct 7, 2022
Jose Sosa (photo: Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – No. 25 UCLA used a pair of second-half goals to secure a 2-0 win over San Diego State on Friday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

The result marked the fifth shutout of the season for sophomore keeper Nate Crockford, most in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins moved to 6-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in league play with the result.

With the clean sheet, UCLA has now allowed one goal or fewer in a season-high six consecutive contests.

Senior midfielder Jose Sosa and junior left back Tommy Silva were the goal-scorers for the Bruins, both finding the back of the net within a 20-minute span of each other.

Sosa opened the scoring with a 65th minute penalty kick goal, UCLA's first this season. Junior right back Grayson Doody earned the PK after putting in a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that went off an SDSU defender's hand.

UCLA continued to apply pressure after Sosa's opener, threatening to score multiple times before Silva hit the back of the net in the 85th.

Sophomore forward Jose Contell set up that play by getting in deep on the right wing, rounding his marker, and then putting in a dangerous ball from the end line across the box. An SDSU defender was able to intercept the ball at the far post, but an awkward first touch allowed Silva to close in on the defender and deflect the ball in off an attempted clearance.

For Silva, it marked his fourth career goal against the Aztecs (4-6-2, 1-3-1) in just five games. It was Sosa's first goal of the season and second as a Bruin.

Crockford made four saves in net for the Bruins, as he and the Bruin back line held SDSU without a clear cut scoring chance.

UCLA returns to action next Friday, Oct. 14, making the short trip to Westchester to battle local rival Loyola Marymount at 7:00 p.m.