Men’s soccer hangs tough but fails to pull a win in conference matches


October 8, 2015

Highlanders 0 – Gauchos 2

The UC Riverside men’s soccer team hit the road this Thursday to face conference opponent UC Santa Barbara where their effort was derailed by two goals scored late by UCSB resulting in a 2-0 loss for the Highlanders.

Through the first half, UCR kept pace with UCSB heading into half tied at 0-0, and led the Gauchos with shots on goal, 3-2.

All this changed when conference-leading goal scorer, Nick DePuy, put one in the back of the net in the 70th minute of play to break the tie. The Gauchos put away another goal just seven minutes later. This time the goal was scored by Geoffrey Acheampong, who beat two Highlander defenders downfield for the score.

This loss was the Highlanders’ second of inter-conference play and slotted their record at 5-6-1 overall.

October 11, 2015

Highlanders 1 – Mustangs 2

The UC Riverside men’s soccer team headed to San Luis Obispo this Saturday looking to avenge their loss to conference rival UCSB, but in the end the task proved too tall as they fell to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2-1.

The scoring got started when Cal Poly’s Chase Minter’s cross in the 30th minute found midfielder Matt LaGrassa for the opening score.

The Highlanders kept it close until 10:11 left in regulation, when Cal Poly struck again. This time it was the Mustang’s Jared Pressley with his first score of the season, putting them up 2-0.

In the 84th minute UCR finally broke through with a score from Michael Salazar — his sixth goal of the season.

Although the Highlanders were heavy on the attack in the closing minutes, they were unable to score and the game ended, 2-1.

The Highlanders now sit at 5-7-1 overall and are 1-3 in conference play thus far. The team gets their next chance to improve upon this record on Saturday, October 17 as they travel down the 91 to face old foe UC Irvine at 7 p.m.

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