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Toreros blitz No. 6 Bruins
by Paul Kennedy, November 19th, 2012 3:15AM

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[UCLA-SAN DIEGO] Patrick Wallen scored a pair of goals a minute apart to break a 2-2 tie and help propel San Diego to a 5-2 win over No. 6 seed UCLA Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"This was just a great game, and I am so proud of this team," stated USD coach Seamus McFadden. "This team just joins the collection of great USD teams from the past, and I really feel like we got something going here."

In the back-and-forth game, UCLA got on the scoreboard first in the 10th minute on Ryan Hollingshead's seventh goal of the season, but USD scored the equalizer in the 31st minute on a goal by Connor Brandt.

Brandt set up Sergio Lopez to give USD the lead in the 52nd minute, but just two minutes later, the Bruins evened the score when Evan Raynr struck with a shot from about 20 yards out.

Wallen's one-timer into the upper left corner gave USD the 3-2 lead in the 66th minute and a minute later he scored on another  a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD a 4-2 edge.

James Cohn's header off Brandt's corner kick in the 78th minute to clinch the win for the Toreros (13-8-0), who will meet Tulsa in the round of 16.

"We had an off night on the wrong night and our season is unfortunately over after a poor performance in our first playoff match," UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo said. "It's disappointing, but there are a lot of positives from the season. We only lost three matches throughout the whole season and we'll look back at some point and be proud of the things we accomplished. But tonight, we're disappointed with the result."

UCLA finished the season with a 13-3-3 overall record and won its fourth Pac-12 title in five years.
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2 comments
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: November 19, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.
    As a Bruin, I lament my alma mater's elimination from the playoffs and even though we seem to always make it to the playoffs (I should know as I was with the teams from '70 - 77 as a graduate assistant/team manager and later followed the teams when were coached by Steve Gay, Sigi Schmid, and now Jorge Salcedo) it is even more lamentable to see them "peter out" and at these stages of the modern "playoff era!" So, is there something wrong now in the Westwood North field? Still, it wasn't a "lost weekend" as UCLA did darned good on Saturday! So for whatever this is worth, GO BRUINS!

  1. GARY NITTI
    commented on: November 20, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.
    Sunday was the third time this I have seen USD play season and was not surprised they beat UCLA, but by the margin of victory. San Diego is a well balanced team with a lot of seniors; they beat Big West champion CSUN on Thursday in a very tight game. The surprise in the victory comes because unless you are UCLA, UCSB or an East coast team the prejudice is that you can't be playing soccer. I am a WCC parent, not from USD, and have seen many overlooked players in the conference that will make it in the pros (Baca with the Earthquakes from LMU for example, this season Hurtado and jackson from Santa Clara). WCC champ St Mary's was lightly regarded last season and went to R8. I would not be surprised if USD beats Tulsa and even goes further. The hardest thing to overcome is the perception, and I expect UCLA fell victim to it. I heard a UCLA coach say to his players (not before this game) that a WCC school is where you go when you can't play for UCLA. Looks like they could have used a few WCC players Sunday


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