WASHINGTON D.C.—Despite a second-half goal by freshman Jackson Yuell, the top-ranked UCLA men’s soccer team lost to No. 12 Georgetown, 3-1, on the road Monday, September 7 at Shaw Field.
The loss was the second straight for the Bruins after dropping the first game of the east coast road trip at No. 4 Maryland, 2-1 in overtime on Monday, September 4.
“The road trip was obviously disappointing,” said UCLA Head Coach Jorge Salcedo. “We did enough in both second halves of each game to win. Georgetown’s goalkeeper made some spectacular saves in the second half. This coupled with a few critical moments and decisions not going our way led to a difficult weekend. We will bounce back quickly and move forward.”
After a pretty quiet start to the game for both teams, the Hoyas keeper, JT Marcinkowski, came up with a great save on a UCLA free kick by Yuell in the 35th minute from the top of the 18-yard box. The freshman’s set shot was one of only two shots on goal for the Bruins in the first half compared to six from Georgetown, who lead 1-0 at the half.
Georgetown (1-2-1) doubled up their lead just one minute and 33 seconds into the second half off a header by Arun Basuljevic. Teammate Brandon Allen crossed a perfect ball to Basuljevic in the Bruin box for the score.
Chances for UCLA to score and equalize the game came in the 62nd and 68th minute of the second half, but the Bruins failed to connect on either chance.
Three minutes later, Yuell scored his first career goal for the Bruins after finding the ball close to the net off deflections and pounding it into the back of the net to make the score 2-1.
Georgetown’s third and final goal came off a counter-attack, taking advantage of UCLA’s strategy to push players forward late in the game.
Despite the loss, Coach Salcedo’s squad out-shot Georgetown 14-11, including 12-5 in the second half. UCLA’s goalkeeper Juan Cervantes finished with two saves, while the Hoyas’ Marcinkowski racked up six.