Los Angeles Soccer: Jeffrey Quijano

GALAXY: Result isn't reserves' victory

July, 31, 2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Let's be clear about this up front: The Galaxy wants to win its games in Major League Soccer's Reserve League.

That it has done so just once in seven outings isn't a problem.

Victory No. 2 probably should have arrived Sunday, when the Galaxy let a two-goal advantage disappear in a draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Curt Onalfo, L.A.'s reserve-team coach, liked enough of what he saw to consider that a positive result.

“There's a lot of things you're accomplishing with the Reserve League,” Onalfo said after the 2-2 draw at Empire Field. “Obviously, any time you step on the field, you want to win. Today's we're disappointed we didn't get three points, because we had a two-goal lead, and we had a chance to bury it, to make it 3-1 or 3-0, for that matter.”

That, he says, is “the learning process,” which might be the most important of the three primary aims of Reserve League play: developing the younger talent on the roster.

“It's better it happens in reserve games,” Onalfo said, “so when you're ready for the first team, you're honed and polished.”

The Galaxy (1-5-1) got the opportunity to hone several youngsters, starting a backline with three of the four slots occupied by rookies (Dan Keat and Dustin McCarty in the middle and Ryan Thomas on the left), getting a very good showing from rookie midfielder Hector Jimenez and giving two Academy kids -- one a new arrival from Mission Viejo-based Pateadores' U.S. Development Academy championship squad -- a little action against real pros.

They also saw trialist Paulinho Le Petit in a game situaton, and he wasn't bad, scoring the first goal, in the 31st minute, and coming close to netting another.

“He's a solid player,” Onalfo said. “Strong physically, good in the air. Good technique. Solid player.”

Jimenez, the Bell Gardens product out of Cal, was superb while playing in central midfield for the first time with the Galaxy and scored the second goal, from Jack McBean's feed, six minutes into the second half.

Long Tan scored both goals for the Whitecaps (0-3-2), in the 60th and 71st minutes, and Nizar Khalfan nearly got a 90th-minute winner, forcing a diving save from second-year goalkeeper Brian Perk.

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COLLEGE: Wild loss knocks out UCLA

December, 4, 2010
UCLA was on target for the NCAA Division I College Cup men's final four after twice taking two-goal leads Saturday night at top-ranked Louisville, but the Bruins' start was better than their finish in a cold, snowy quarterfinal clash.

The Cardinals (19-0-3) claimed their first final-four appearance with a wild 5-4 triumph captured on Aaron Hester's goal with just 52 seconds to play.

Louisville, which will face fourth-seeded North Carolina (16-3-2) on Friday at UC Santa Barbara's Harder Stadium, overcame 2-0 and 3-1 first-half deficits to end UCLA's run toward what it hoped would be a fifth NCAA soccer crown.

Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) and Kellyn Rowe provided the Bruins (16-5-1) a two-goal advantage by the 18th minute, and Chandler Hoffman's breakaway in the 33rd restored the cushion after Colin Rolfe got Louisville on the board with a free kick in the 29th.

But the Cardinals surged ahead with three goals in 17 minutes: a penalty kick near the end of the first half, Rolfe's second goal -- a header from a free kick -- just three minutes into the second half, and Nick DeLeon's finish from Rolfe in the 56th.

Victor Chavez (Fontana/A.B. Miller HS) scored from a throw-in by Joe Sofia (Dove Canyon/Mission Viejo HS) to even it, 4-4, in the 81st minute, but Hester dribbled through UCLA's defense to score the winner in the 90th.

The other semifinal will pit third-seeded Akron (20-1-2) against 10th-seeded Michigan (17-4-3).

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