Sept. 19, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Marcello Carminatti scored two key goals on Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 17 UCLA at Drake Stadium. For the third consecutive match, San Diego sent the match into overtime which did not end in a favorable result as the Bruins scored in than three minutes into the first.
The loss drops USD to a 1-3-1 record so far on the season. The last time USD opened their first five matches with three losses was 2008 (0-3-2).
The Toreros set the tone when Carminatti scored from inside the box in the 13th minute. A UCLA turnover left Stephen Posa with possession who sent a through ball to on the left side to Carminatti. Carminatti connected from six yards out giving USD the 1-0 lead. USD almost took a 2-0 lead midway through the first half however UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe recorded one of his four saves on the day.
UCLA would score in final minute of the first half when Kelyn Rowe put a spin move in the box past USD defenders and took the shot to the left corner of the goal tying the match at 1-1. Credit Patrick Matchett and Andrew Tusaazemajja with assists.
In the 55th minute, UCLA broke the tie when Kelyn Rowe took a free kick which was cleared by the Torero defense right back to Rowe who sent it into the box and connected with Victor Chavez on a header lifting UCLA to a 2-1 lead. Within two minutes, Carminatti scored after a corner kick, punching in a spectacular strike on a high ball in the box with his back to the goal for the equalizer.
Regulation ended with the score knotted up at 2-2. Both teams had good chances to move ahead. In the 58th minute, Chavez had a shot that hit the crossbar and pinged off the left post. A minute after that, the Bruins had a flurry of shots blocked by the Toreros. Posa had a 1-v-1 opportunity with just Brian Rowe to beat in the 76th minute, but his shot hit the crossbar, and in the 83rd minute, Posa's shot was saved by Rowe. The Bruin goalkeeper made another good save on a shot by Daniel Meade in the 85th minute.
UCLA ended the overtime period in less than five minutes, with Andy Rose and Chavez combining on passes that led to Raynr's first goal of the season at 94:44.
San Diego returns home to the confines of Torero Stadium for a two-match set this coming weekend. USD will face Albany on September 24 at 7:00 p.m. followed by Houston Baptist on Sunday morning at an early 11:30 a.m. match to wrap up their non-conference schedule.