Bruins drop 1-0 decision at Oregon State

LOS ANGELES –No. 14 UCLA was beaten 1-0 by Oregon State Thursday night in a Pac-12 battle at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

The loss ended a three-game unbeaten streak for the Bruins (5-3-1, 1-1-1). OSU, playing its first Pac-12 game, improved to 4-2-1 overall.

The Beavers got on the board in the 14e minute on a goal by Ellis Spikner, and UCLA could never tie.

The Bruins’ best chance to tie him came in the final minute of the game, as the second Aaron Edwards was able to pounce on a loose ball in the box near the baseline. However, his shot came from too sharp an angle and the shot went wide of the far post.

Second year goaltender Nate Crockford matched a season high with four saves, and many of his efforts kept the Bruins in the game. At 23rd minute he dove to his left and put his left hand on the ball to deny an eight-yard header from David Perez. Then in the 69e minute a blocked shot came to Gael Gilbert at the top of the box but Crockford managed to move in and deny a second attempt.

“It was a normal Pac-12 game, hard fought,” said UCLA head coach ryan jordan. “I think we had a few moments where we probably weren’t as calm as I would like, so we have to go back and look at that tomorrow. I thought our competitiveness was very, very good throughout.”

OSU’s score came courtesy of a center from Mouhameth Thiam, who played into good position on the right wing after a shrewd 1-2 with teammate Dante Williams. Thiam then played in a cross, and Spikner tapped him on a short jump from inside the six.

UCLA returns to action Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PT, hosting No. 2 Washington in a contest televised on Pac-12 networks.

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