Nov. 22, 2010

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics

Eighth-seeded UCLA scored four unanswered goals in a 30-minute span in the second half and ousted Sacramento State, 4-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium on Sunday night. Sophomore forward Chandler Hoffman extended his scoring streak to four games with two goals, and freshmen Reed Williams and Victor Chavez also scored for the Bruins.

The first half was a scoreless but entertaining affair that saw a few big saves by Sacramento State goalkeeper Cesar Castillo and a clearance off the line by UCLA defender Joe Sofia. The Bruins averted a first-half deficit at the 33:31 mark when a shot by Hornet midfielder Fernando Cabadas hit the left post and ricocheted off UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe's arm away from danger.

UCLA exploded in the second half for four goals. Hoffman netted his first of the night at 54:40. Kelyn Rowe started the play with a shot that was blocked. Evan Raynr got to the ball and fired a shot from the right side, and Castillo made a kick save on the shot, but the ball ricocheted off Hoffman in front of the goal and went in.

Williams doubled up UCLA's score at 57:24 with his fifth goal of the year, with Kelyn Rowe getting the assist. Hoffman got his second goal of the game and fifth of the season at 72:44 after a textbook breakaway. Williams got free on the left side and sent a pass to Raynr up the middle. Raynr sent a ball to Hoffman on the right side, and he split two Hornet defenders and shot past Castillo to the left corner. Chavez rounded out UCLA's scoring with an impressive goal at 84:14, his team-leading ninth of the season. With a Hornet defender guarding him closely, Chavez back-heeled the ball, spun his defender and hit a shot to the right corner of the goal while halfway to the ground. Ryan Hollingshead and Zack Foxhoven earned the assists.

Sacramento State got a goal of its own in the 87th minute on a 20-yard shot by Ernesto Carranza, but it was too little too late for the Hornets, who finished their season 11-5-7.

"We started out the game a little bit slowly," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "I thought some of the guys seemed nervous, and it took us a little bit to get going, but in the second half how can you not be happy with four goals? Our production in front of goal in the second half was very good."

With the win, UCLA (15-4-1) advances to the NCAA third round, where it will face Dartmouth (12-6-1), a 2-1 overtime winner over ninth-seeded Notre Dame. The third round contest will take place at Drake Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 5 pm.