Short-handed Bruins knock off No. 1 Huskies

[UCLA-WASHINGTON: Men] UCLA, which began the season as the No. 1 team in the country, knocked off current No. 1 Washington, 2-1, in front of 1,869 fans at Drake Stadium on Thursday night.  First-half goals from Leo Stolz and Seyi Adekoya carried the Bruins past UW, which played the last 36 minutes with an extra man after a red card to Adekoya.

Stolz, UCLA’s leading scorer, claimed the opening tally of the game in the 15th minute on a shot from just outside the 18-yard box.

Ten minutes later, following a Huskies equalizer from Josh Heard, Adekoya delivered the eventual game-winner after Stolz found him in the center of the penalty area.

“Tonight was the first time all season that we got to put out the group that I thought was our best in the attack,” said UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo.  “We’ve had a lot of injuries throughout the season and tonight was a great first step with the group that I feel can be our best attacking group.  It’s a great win. We absolutely deserve the 2-1 victory.”

The big play of the second half came in the 65th minute when a Washington corner was deflected past goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. but Brian Iloski headed the ball away just before it crossed the goal line.

The victory brings the Bruins' streak to four straight matches without a defeat against Washington. In addition, UCLA now moves into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 standings with Washington and Stanford.
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