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UCLA Takes Down Cal, 1-0

Oct 20, 2022
Jose Contell (photo: Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's soccer team recorded its third consecutive shutout with a 1-0 defeat of California on Thursday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

The Bruins (8-4-1, 3-2-1 Pac-12) have now conceded one goal or fewer in eight consecutive games, the program's longest such streak under fourth-year head coach Ryan Jorden.

Cal (3-6-4, 1-4-1) played most of the match with just 10 men, as Cameron Robie was assessed a red card in the 32nd minute after tripping up UCLA's Jose Contell from behind and stopping a breakaway.

The Bruins took advantage of the man advantage, potting the game's lone goal less than 10 minutes later and controlling possession for the remainder of the contest.

The Golden Bears managed just two shots after going a man down, both last-ditch efforts in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Contell picked up the game-winning goal for UCLA, moving him into a tie with Kevin Diaz for the team lead at three apiece. All three of Contell's scores this season have now ended up as game-winning goals.

The goal was a quick coast-to-coast strike for the Bruins, with the ball going from the gloves of keeper Nate Crockford into the opposing net in about 13 seconds.

Crockford got the play started by intercepting a Cal cross from the left wing, which allowed him to roll a ball down the left side for junior Tommy Silva.

From there, Silva picked out Diaz with a long ball down the left wing. Diaz ran down the ball, took one long touch, and then put in a low cross to the back post for Contell, who tried to first-time a shot past Cal keeper Collin Travasos. A Cal defender slid and got a foot on the ball to deny the initial attempt, but Contell calmly collected the rebound and poked it into the open net.

UCLA denied the visitors any serious scoring chances in the second half, maintaining a nearly 2-1 advantage in possession during the final 45 minutes. The Bruins outshot Cal by a 10-3 margin for the match.

UCLA concludes its regular season home schedule on Sunday against Stanford at 3:00 p.m. PT in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins will honor their six seniors in a halftime ceremony.