No. 1 Bruins fall to Toreros as offense stalls

[SAN DIEGO-UCLA: Men] Defender Patrick Zimmer, a German transfer from Division II West Florida, scored in the 15th minute to give San Diego a 1-0 win over UCLA before a record crowd of 4,432 fans at Torero Stadium. The Bruins were unable to mount a consistent offensive attack, totaling just one shot on target in the game.

Zimmer poked the ball into the net off of a free kick from Darragh Vieyra for the first goal goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. has allowed in 383 minutes.

"Amazing. It's unbelievable," Zimmer said after the match that ended with hundreds of students rushing the field. "I'm so happy to part of this because we broke the attendance record."

But after that, the Bruins could not solve the Torero defense. Despite dominating the possession, UCLA had difficulty getting the ball into scoring positions in the first half. Things didn't get much better after intermission, though UCLA had a late flurry of attempts.

In the 73rd minute, Willie Raygoza sent a bending free-kick into the box from the left wing that was re-directed wide of the frame off of the head of Jordan Vale. With just under 10 minutes to play, Vale got another chance off of a cross from the right corner, but the ball sailed high over the crossbar.

"We were organized and had a game plan, and we stuck to it. At times I was a little bit worried about it," USD coach Seamus McFadden said. "We flexed, but we didn't break. Hats off to the lads, they played their hearts out for 90 minutes."


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