Los Angeles Soccer: Brown

COLLEGE: UCLA books quarterfinal berth

November, 28, 2010
11/28/10
10:43
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Eder Arreola's second goal Sunday night couldn't have come at a better time.

The junior midfielder with extensive U.S. youth national team experience, tapped home from close range after a long throw-in just eight seconds before the end of overtime to lift UCLA past visiting Dartmouth, 2-1, and into the NCAA Division I men's quarterfinals.


The Bruins (15-4-1) will play Saturday at top-ranked Louisville (18-0-3), with the winner advancing to the College Cup final four Dec. 10 and 12 at UC Santa Barbara.

Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS), whose blast to the upper-right corner gave the Bruins (16-4-1) a 26th-minute lead, had scored only once in the first 19 games of the season.

“It's unreal,” Arreola told UCLA's athletics website after a throw-in into the Dartmouth box by freshman Joe Sofia (Dove Canyon/Mission Viejo HS) was headed onto his path by a Big Green defender. “Words cannot describe this feeling right now. It's a dream come true. I've been waiting for this day when I could score at Drake Stadium, and today I was able to score for the team and help us get to the next round.”

Eight more seconds, and the game would have been decided on penalty kicks.

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COLLEGE: UCLA romps into third round

November, 22, 2010
11/22/10
12:48
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Chandler Hoffman tallied twice as UCLA rolled into the third round of the NCAA Division I men's tournament Sunday, scoring four second-half goals in a 4-1 victory over visiting Sacramento State.


The eighth-seeded Bruins (15-4-1) will be home next Sunday against Dartmouth (12-6-1), which beat Notre Dame, 2-1, in overtime.

UCLA took command of a tight game as Hoffman scored in the 55th minute and freshman Reed Williams (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) in the 58th. Hoffman, who has scored in four straight games, got his second in the 73rd, and freshman Victor Chavez (Fontana/A.B. Miller HS) made it 4-0 in the 85th.

Ernesto Carranza scored for Sacramento State (11-5-7) in the 87th.

“We started out the game a little bit slowly,” UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo told the school's website. “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.”

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