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UCLA Notches 2-1 Road Win at SDSU

Nov 11, 2022
Andre Ochoa (photo: Ross Turteltaub)

SAN DIEGO – Tucker Lepley and Andre Ochoa each netted second-half goals to lead UCLA to a 2-1 road win over San Diego State on Friday night at the SDSU Sports Deck.

The result marked the regular season finale for both squads. The Bruins improved to 10-6-1 overall with the result, and 4-4-1 in Pac-12 action. UCLA has now won double-digit games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2015-16.

The Bruins never trailed in the contest, as Lepley opened the scoring in the 53rd minute. SDSU (5-9-4, 1-6-3) answered back with an equalizer just over three minutes later, but Ochoa put UCLA ahead for good with a marker at 72:47.

Sophomore keeper Nate Crockford matched a season-high with six saves, helping the Bruins weather a season-high 20 shots against.

Lepley's goal – his second in as many games – came off a well-struck left-footed shot from the penalty arc. Junior defender Grayson Doody picked up an assist on the play after sending a lateral ball to Lepley above the box, before he darted towards net and shot just before reaching the 18.

SDSU didn't wait long to equalize, capitalizing on one of their 13 corners kick for a game-tying score from CJ Fodrey.

The two teams traded a few scoring chances before Ochoa – playing in his first game back at the Sports Deck since transferring from SDSU ahead of the 2022 season – netted the game-winner.

Sophomore forward Jose Contell created the goal-scoring chance for UCLA, running down a long ball down the right side and corralling it before the end line before making a move back towards the six-yard box. From there, Contell tapped a pass back to Ochoa, who took a couple strides and first-time-drilled a right-footed shot past SDSU keeper Jacob Castro.

The Bruins held the Aztecs without a shot on goal for the remainder of the contest after Ochoa's score.

UCLA will learn its postseason fate on Monday morning, as the NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs starting at 10:00 a.m. PT.