Kyle’s third post:
It was an exciting weekend for UCLA men’s soccer as we went into the weekend without a win under our belts for the beginning of the season but came away with two wins.
The first match played on Friday night against Ohio St. was a very eventful night game where we tallied three goals.
The first goal resulted from a through ball I played to Maxwell Griffin, who nicely placed it past the keeper. Soon later, we were awarded a penalty kick from a handball in the box, and Mikey Stephens converted it with ease.
The first half involved some impressive play from our side, as we were able to connect numerous combinations and present a style of soccer that is very enjoyable to watch.
The third goal came from a corner in the second half that I hit to Jason Leopoldo, who jumped above every defender to perfectly head the ball in the back of the net. The win against Ohio State really gave us some momentum going into Sunday’s game.
Sunday’s game was another great showing for us against our opponent Penn State, ending 4-1 in our favor, which concluded a very promising weekend for us.
The game showed an exciting display of offensive-minded soccer from us, but defensively we were very efficient in ensuring the win. The game was highlighted by Maxwell Griffin’s hat trick where all three goals began with great build-ups from the back to the front. What a way to top off the weekend!
We are off to San Francisco Wednesday to play USF on Thursday night and then Santa Clara on Saturday night. It will be two very challenging games, but we are up for the challenge.