UCLA and Virginia post 1-0 season opening wins

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Last year’s College Cup finalists, No. 1 and 2 in the polls heading into the season, both opened their seasons on the front foot Saturday night with 1-0 victories against stiff competition.

Defender Malcolm Jones scored a goal on an acrobatic volley in his collegiate debut in the 62nd minute and the Bruin defense kept New Mexico off the board despite a couple of handball appeals in the box to lead top ranked UCLA to a win in their season debut.

Jones, one of eight freshman who made their debut in the game for UCLA, delivered the winner after having his first shot blocked. Jose Hernandez, the lone freshman to start the game, started the sequence with a corner kick.

Jackson Yueill, a freshman from Minnesota, nearly put the Bruins up in the 32nd minute with a lovely strike from outside the 18, but Lobo goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu was there for the denial. The sophomore keeper from Montreal made six saves in the game and got some help from defender Chris Gurule’s goal line clearance in the 50th minute.

Jeremy Fishbein’s squad featured freshmen Aaron Herrera, Matt Dorsey and Patrick Khouri in the starting lineup and sophomore Lucas Seligman got his first career start. Freshmen Francesco Casucci and Kasper Kajermo also made their debut in the game.

Virginia tops Charlotte

Nicko Corriveau headed home a Todd Wharton free kick from 30 yards out and Jeff Caldwell made a diving stop to preserve a 1-0 win for second-ranked Virginia over No. 17 Charlotte in front of 4,620 fans in Charlottesville.

Caldwell’s stop came in the 74th minute when the sophomore from Todd, North Carolina denied Daniel Bruce’s blast from 18 yards out. Four newcomers made their debuts for the defending champs on Saturday night: Malcolm Dixon (Montclair, N.J.) started at right back while forward Edward Opoku (Rye, N.Y.), Derrick Etienne (Paterson, N.J.) and Jean-Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.) came off the bench.

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