UCLA draws with Mexico U-17 team 1-1, Georgia State scores 10 in exhibition matches


UCLA, the preseason No. 1 and runners up in last season’s College Cup, opened their season with an exhibition game against the Mexico U-17 team Tuesday that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Junior defender Michael Amick opened the scoring for the Bruins in the 7th minute heading home a Brian Iloski cross. One of the top defenders in the country who is on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list, Amick has yet to score a regular season goal.

The lead held for UCLA until the 60th minute when Nahum Gomez Del Rosal beat UCLA keeper Juan Cervantes on a set piece from outside the box. Cervantes had four saves on the night.

It was the third game this year for the Mexico U-17s against college competition. The team traveled to Indiana in April, losing both matches to Indiana and Notre Dame 2-1. They play this Saturday in another exhibition with Cal State Fullerton.

Defending champions and preseason No. 2 Virginia were also in action on Tuesday night in Charlottesville against Radford. Senior Todd Wharton, who had a successful summer playing in the PDL with the Portland Timbers U-23 team, opened the scoring in the 31st minute for the Hoos, but a 74th minute penalty kick goal from Fraser Colmer gave Radford the 1-1 draw.

Goals were not in short supply in Georgia State’s exhibition game with Division II Georgia Southwestern on Tuesday night. At least not for the Panthers.

Eddie Wilding and Jad Elkhalil each had hat tricks, Cory Plasker had a brace and freshman Kwaku Adu and Rashid Alarape each added goals in a game that was 10-0 when the lights went out in the 70th minute and the game was called.

Sean Sepe scored a hat trick for Akron against stiffer competition in the Zips friendly against Oakland. The senior midfielder led the home side to a 4-1 win over the Golden Grizzlies. Redshirt freshman Ezana Kahsay added a fourth goal for the Zips and Vittorio Sbrocca spoiled the shutout with a goal in the 64th minute.

For some reason, Louisville’s exhibition game with UAB didn’t end a 3-3 draw after overtime and instead went to penalty kicks, where the preseason No. 18 Cardinals won 4-2. Early practice for postseason perhaps?

The Cardinals were down 3-1 in the 80th minute when freshmen Eric Izaguirre and Watterson Young evened the score with late goals. David Valverde scored off a corner kick to open the scoring in the 14th minute for UAB, but super sophomore Tim Kubel evened things up moments later with a goal from the penalty spot. Another corner kick yielded a goal for the visitors when William White headed home a Berry Sonnenschein corner to make it 2-1. Lawson Crider added a third for the Blazers when he took a pass from Freddy Ruiz and chipped Cardinal goalkeeper Nick Jeffs.

Junior Fabian Herbers showed why he is one of the top players in the nation, delivering a pair of assists and scoring a goal of his own in a 3-0 win for preseason No. 6 Creighton over Bradley in a game televised on ESPN3.

Ricky Lopez-Espin, whose promising freshman season was cut short because of injury last year, opened the scoring with a scorcher from 18 yards out in the 28th minute off an assist from Herbers. Herbers then dribbled the ball from near midfield, weaving his way through the Bradley defense and completing an unassisted goal in the 36th minute to make it 2-0.

Herbers set up Timo Pitter’s long-range goal early in the second half. Pitter collected the ball 25 yards from goal and drilled a low shot into the back of the net from 22 yards away.

In other exhibition matches on Tuesday, Marquette lost 1-0 to Loyola on a Alec Lasinski goal, Temple topped Lafayette 3-0, No. 13 Maryland lost 1-0 to Bucknell and No. 3 Georgetown did battle with the Philadelphia Union in a training ground match.

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