BERKLEY, Calif. -- Third-rankd UCLA scored a big victory on Sunday afternoon, taking down top-ranked California 2-1. Freshman Kevin De La Torre put the Bruins ahead with a goal in the 43rd minute before junior Leo Stolz scored the game winner in the 70th minute.
With the win, the Bruins moved into first in the Pac-12 with a 5-1-3 conference record, good for 18 points. UCLA has one conference match remaining while Washington (4-1-2) and California (5-1-1) each have three. The Bruins are now 10-3-4 overall while the Golden Bears dropped to 11-2-2 with the loss. Additionally, Cal was the fourth top-five opponent that the Bruins have defeated this season, joining Indiana, Cal State Northridge and Washington.
In the 43rd minute, De La Torre got the Bruins on the board with his second goal of the year. Senior Joe Sofia put a long throw-in into the box and after a scramble, De La Torre was able to come up with the ball and one-time it into the net to put UCLA on top 1-0 going into the half.
Then in the 70th minute, Stolz put the Bruins ahead by two when he gathered a pass from Victor Munoz at the top of the box and buried a shot into the upper-right hand corner for his seventh of the year.
California answered less than a minute later, when Alec Sundly scored on a bicycle kick to cut UCLA’s lead to one. The Bruin defense would hold and prevented the Golden Bears from tying the game.
Overall, California outshot the Bruins slightly by a 14-11 margin while Earl Edwards Jr. made five saves to pick up his 10th win of the season. Munoz also picked up his eighth assist of the year in the match, which is a conference best.
South Carolina 4, No. 10 UAB 3
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- With goals from sophomore midfielder Jeffrey Torda and junior forward Asa Kryst in the 85th minute, South Carolina (7-5-5, 4-1-3 C-USA) upset No. 10 UAB (11-4-1, 4-3-1 C-USA) 4-3 in a back-and-forth thriller at West Campus Field. Freshman forward Eli Dent also scored in the match for the Gamecocks. The win propels South Carolina past the Blazers in the Conference USA standings and South Carolina is now in third place with 15 points.
UAB looked to be on its way to victory after a goal from senior midfielder Moses Adeniran with less than seven minutes remaining. Sophomore defender Ian Svantesson was credited with the assist on the goal that gave the Blazers a 3-2 lead.
It took the Gamecocks less than two minutes to pull even for the second time in the match. Junior midfielder Stephen Anderson sent a ball toward Torda, who contained the ball and sent it to the lower-left corner of the goal to tie the match at 3-3.
Just 44 seconds later, Kryst found himself on the other end of a cross from freshman defender Koty Millard. Kryst deftly netted what would be the game winner with just 5:03 on the clock.
With the Gamecocks aggressively looking for offense in the first half, Torda collected a loose ball in the six-yard box and pushed it past freshman keeper Joe Kuzminsky for his third goal of the season. The tally gave South Carolina an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
In the 26th minute, the Blazers equalized. Sophomore forward Freddy Ruiz took the ball to the endline and found senior midfielder Norris Howze near the top of the six-yard box. Howze fired a low ball through traffic for UAB's first shot of the match. The ball found the net towards the near post, tying the score at 1-1.
It took UAB just 10 minutes in the second half to take its first lead of the match. South Carolina responded when Dent put a well-placed strike to the keeper's right in the 61st minute.