UCLA Men's Soccer Team Defeats Portland, 3-1
Oct. 28, 2000
The 15th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating 14th-ranked Portland, 3-1, in the Pacific Soccer Challenge at Frank W. Marshall Field.
UCLA shot out to a 2-0 lead after 22 minutes. Sophomore Chadd Davis recorded his second goal of the year at 8:23, taking a cross from McKinley Tennyson Jr. and beating Portland goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri. Tennyson helped create the Bruins' second goal when he drew a foul in the penalty box at 21:27. Shaun Tsakiris drilled the ensuing penalty kick for his ninth goal of the season.
A Conor Casey goal in the 52nd minute cut the UCLA lead in half, and Spiteri made two great saves minutes later to prevent UCLA from increasing its lead. In the 58th minute, Spiteri redirected a Tennyson blast into the post, and in the 59th minute, he also stopped a Tsakiris point-blank shot.
UCLA goalkeeper DJ Countess made several spectacular saves of his own. In both the 51st and 64th minutes, he fingertipped two shots by Brandon Henley out of harms way. Countess also smothered a shot by Jarrod Weis in the 75th minute. Countess finished with five saves, while Spiteri had six.
Bruin midfielder Jimmy Frazelle scored a much-needed insurance goal at 81:28, hitting in a shot in front of an open net after a scramble with a Portland defender to give UCLA the 3-1 lead it would not relinquish. The goal was his second of the year.
'We've been working on keeping our confidence (during the losing streak),' said UCLA head coach Todd Saldaï¿½a. 'We had to believe we could beat a good team and hold a lead. Today our defense was all on the same page. All 11 guys on the field were organized and committed to defense, and it showed.'
UCLA improves its record to 10-5-0, while Portland drops to 8-5-2. UCLA returns to Pac-10 action Friday, Nov. 3 at Washington. Portland will also play the Huskies next on Sunday, Oct. 29.
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