Javan Torre Scored His First Career Goal Today (Photo by Scott Chandler)

Javan Torre Scored His First Career Goal Today (Photo by Scott Chandler)

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics

Berkeley, Calif. – The UCLA Bruins mounted an incredible comeback, scoring two goals in the final five minutes of regulation, but lost to the Cal Golden Bears, 3-2, in overtime on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Trailing 2-0 late in the second half, Larry Ndjock got UCLA on the board with an 86th minute header and would be followed soon after by a 90th minute strike off of the foot of Javan Torre, the first of his career. However, Christian Thierjung provided the backbreaking golden goal for Cal in the first overtime to deliver the defeat.

UCLA (6-3-2, 1-1 in the Pac-12) saw itself locked in a fast paced affair early on in the first half. Earning his second straight start, freshman Abu Danladi looked dangerous up top for the Bruins, but being the only striker in the formation proved difficult for the young Ghanaian. Despite playing well, the Bruins found it challenging to garner quality attempts on net with the lone striker up top. The best chance came in the 25th minute when Nathan Smith sent a brilliant through ball in traffic to Andrew Tusaazemajja who fired from three yards out on net, but was denied by Golden Bears goalkeeper Justin Taillole. Cal (7-3, 1-2 in the Pac-12) would soon after capitalize on a set piece with a headed goal from Stefano Bonomo in the 41st minute, his seventh of the year, to put the Bears ahead, 1-0, entering halftime.

The Bruins opened the second frame with a much more offensive posture, adding a second striker to support Danladi at the top. The change in formation paid off to the tune of several good chances for UCLA early in the …read more