Nov. 5, 2006
Los Angeles, CA - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (10-8-1, 5-6-1 WCC) posted a 3-1 loss to the UCLA Bruins (X-x-x) Sunday afternoon at Drake Field.
The Toreros had incredible shot opportunities in the first half but simply were unable to connect. Midfielder Ciaron O'Brien sent a ball into the box to forward Michael Caso who headed a ball at the net. Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reed punched a ball deflecting it off to the side of the net which hit off the post and nearly into the net, however the ball was cleared by the Bruin defense.
Later, in the 41st minute, Bruin Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa sent a ball into the box to forward Jason Leopold. Leopold0 attempted a header but which bounced off the far post and was cleared by Torero goalkeeper Lance Friesz. The ball rolled back to Leopold who chipped it in from 10 yards out for a 1-0 lead.
Early in the second half, forward Ryan Guy centered a ball to O'Brien, from the top of the penalty box which flew wide.
The Bruins scored again when Leopoldo passed a ball up field to forward David Estrada in the penalty box who fired off a shot from 15 yards out past Friesz for a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins took another shot in the 64th minute when the USD defense tried to clear a pass by forward David Estrada which rolled to Nakazawa who fired off a shot beating Friesz to the open net and taking a 3-0 lead.
In the 72nd minute, San Diego found themselves down in Bruin territory on the attack winning three consecutive headers, the final one by Guy sent over and settled by Caso 30 yards out. Caso took a couple of touches and fired off a shot that found the right upper corner of the net cutting the UCLA lead 3-1.
The Bruins recorded a total of 15 shots. Leopoldo recorded a team high four shots, one shot on goal, a goal and an assist. Reed recorded one goal against and two saves.
The Toreros recorded a total of 11 shots. Caso had a team ghigh four shots for San Diego and recorded one goal. Friesz recorded three goals against and one save.
The Toreros finish the season with a mark of 10-8-1 overall and a conference record of 5-6-1 in the West Coast Conference. The All-Conference awards will be announced in the upcoming weeks.