[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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