Bruins Fall To San Diego, 1-0, In 1st Round Of NCAA Tournament
Nov. 18, 2000
(San Diego, CA) -- San Diego senior Miguel Suazo (Albuquerque, NewMexico) scored the game's only goal 10:56 into the first overtime to give thehost USD Toreros (16-1-2) a thrilling 1-0 OT victory over the visiting UCLABruins (12-7) before a standing-room-only crowd of 4,000. USD, the No. 4 seed inthis year's tournament, will next play the winner of Sunday's match betweenCreighton and Ohio State. San Diego will find out if they host, or if they willtravel, on Monday, November 20th.
The game winner was set up when Torero freshman Matt McCausland (San Diego, CA) sent a ball from the right side to themiddle towards Ryan Coiner (Aliso Viejo, CA). Two UCLA defenders marked Coiner,but somehow the ball cleared past all three of them and Suazo found himself wideopen just to the left of the goal. Suazo trapped the ball and blasted it pastBruin keeper DJ Countess to the right corner and game-winner -- it was Suazo's5th goal of the season
For the game, both teams had plenty of chances asthe Bruins outshot the Toreros 17-13 (11-5 in 2nd half), and totaled ten cornerkicks to USD's 3. Bruin scoring leader McKinley Tennyson had 8 of UCLA's 17shots, but Torero keeper Justin Neerhof (Denver, CO) was credited with 7 savesand improved his record in net to 14-0-2. A few minutes prior to Suazo'sheroics, the Toreros almost won the game win Ryan Coiner, the team's leadingscorer (17 goals, 42 points), found himself on a counter-attack but his wide-openchip shot sailed high over the goal.
USD head coach Seamus McFadden, whorecently earned his 3rd straight WCC Coach of the Year title, and seventhoverall, improved his NCAA Tournament record to 8-7 (this was USD's 7th NCAAovertime match in 15 matches). With the victory, USD improved to 11-1 at homethis season, and 21-1 over the past two seasons.
'This was a great soccergame,' exclaimed a happy McFadden.ï¿½ 'The fans got their money's worth, but I gota few more gray hairs.ï¿½ This team's been resilient all season.'
Scoring Summary UCLA 0-0-0 0 USD 0-0-1 1
USD - Miguel Suazo (100:56), Matt McCausland assist ---offrebound, in close.
Shots:USD (13), UCLA (17) Corner Kicks: USD (3), UCLA (10) Saves: UCLA (6)-Countess (5), USD, Neerhof (7) Fouls: UCLA (21), USD (16)