The 2015 men's college season opened this weekend. No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Virginia both prevailed with 1-0 decisions, while No. 3 Georgetown settled for a 0-0 tie at FGCU on Friday night. No. 4 Stanford
fell at No. 17 UC Santa Barbara for its first loss to the Gauchos in 11 years. Darius Madison
, one of the stars of Virginia's 2014 championship team, had an
immediate impact at his new team, UMBC. Sign up (free eletter): College Soccer Reporter
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UCLA, No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25
, has its deepest team in years. Eight
starters from the team that reached the 2014 Men's College Cup final are back, and three other players who played in the shootout loss to Virginia played in the 2015 season opener against New
But the Bruins' freshman class had an immediate impact as center back Malcom Jones
had the winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Lobos
Saturday in Westwood. The goal came in the 62nd minute on a play that began with a corner kick by Jose Hernandez
. The Mexican-born Hernandez is a product of the
Real Salt Lake's academy product in Casa Grande, Arizona, and was played two games for the USL Real Monarchs. Jackson Yueill,
who has spent time with the U.S.
under-18 national team, teamed up with sophomore star Abu Danladi
for a good opportunity in the first half.
Seven freshmen got playing time as the
Bruins passed their first test of the season. Next up: at Maryland Friday night. “Our overall performance was good," said Bruins coach Jorge Salcedo
one that we can build on to get better for our next match against Maryland.” 2. Wait is worth it for UC Santa
Last year, UC Santa Barbara fell to Stanford, 4-1, giving up three goals in the first 11 minutes in Palo Alto. The Gauchos weren't determined to
let that happen again, focusing on the rematch for eight months. This time, No. 17 UCSB shut down the No. 4 Cardinal, earning a 1-0 victory before 3,312 fans that signals the Gauchos are ready to
battle for West Coast supremacy.
"We took a lot of pride into tonight's game," said UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg
. "Last year, we gave up three
goals in 11 minutes and we've been playing that video for eight months waiting for this game. Stanford has been picked as a Final Four contender and they showed nothing to disprove that tonight. All
in all, we learned a lot about our team tonight and the potential that we have. "
Freshman keeper Justin Vom Steeg
-- Tim's son who will be off this week to join the U.S. U-20s
-- made a pair of tough saves early and was
helped by a strong game from center backs Sam Strong
and Jeff Quezada
, and holding midfielder Kevin Feucht
as U.S. international Jordan Morris
was held to just one shot in 65 minutes of action. Nick
, 2014 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, scored with a header past Stanford keeper Andrew Epstein
in the waning minutes of the first half for
the game's only goal. Men's Top 25 Matchups, Week 1: FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara 1 (DePuy 42) No. 4 Stanford 0.
No. 6 Maryland 0 No. 9 Notre
Dame 0. No. 25 Old
Dominion 0 No. 20 Coastal Carolina 2 (Camargo 17, Follensbee 54). SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 No. 2 Virginia 1 (Corriveau 38) No. 15 Charlotte 0. SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 No. 13 Indiana 0 No. 10 Notre Dame 1
(Ueland 109) No. 25 Old Dominion 4 (Henriquez 18, 21, 48, Klosterhalfen
46) No. 19 Akron 1 (Macchione 76). 3. Darius Madison's transfer gives UMBC big boost.
UMBC, the 2014 Cinderella Story of college soccer, suffered heavy graduation losses but got a last-minute boost as senior Darius Madison
, who started on
Virginia's 2014 national championship team, joined the Retrievers. The Washington Post reported
that Madison was kicked off the Cavs' team "for team
rules violations" but allowed to transfer and play immediately at UMBC.
The Retrievers fell behind Fairfield, 2-0, in the season opener that drew 2,874 fans at Retriever Stadium. But they
got goals from Joseph Pratt
and Kennedy O'Shea
in the 69th and 87th minutes to earn a 2-2 tie. Madison set up O'Shea for
Peter Caringi returned just three starters from last year's team that reached the College Cup. In the 2015 opener, UMBC started three freshmen (Riley Collins
, Kyle Saunderson
and Tyler Ward
) and a transfer (Bill
) along the backline.