UCLA Men's Soccer Ties South Carolina, 0-0, Wins Pacific Soccer Classic
Oct. 28, 2001
Los Angeles, Calif. - On Day Two of the 16th Annual UCLA Pacific Soccer Classic at Frank W. Marshall Field, UCLA and 12th-ranked South Carolina battled to a hard-fought 0-0 tie, giving UCLA its 12th Pacific Soccer Classic team title on goal differential.
UCLA's 5-1 win over St. Mary's on Friday proved to be the deciding factor in the team title since South Carolina beat Cal State Fullerton only by two goals, 2-0.
The UCLA-South Carolina game, was a thriller, as both teams attacked often throughout the contest. UCLA took 25 shots to South Carolina's 17. Both goalkeepers were outstanding in the nets, as Gamecock keeper Michael Bachmeyer made a stadium-record 15 saves, and Bruin netminder Zach Wells made six.
The Bruins nearly won the game in the waning seconds, as midfielder Adolfo Gregorio fired a shot past the 6'6' Bachmeyer. However, Gamecock midfielder Jack Cummings put a head on the ball just before it crossed the goal line to preserve the tie.
'In terms of feeling successful, we definitely feel it this weekend,' said UCLA head coach Todd Saldana. 'We scored five goals in the first day and created a lot of offense today. We got good quality opportunities once we got Ryan (Futagaki) in the game (at the start of the second half), and to see the defense hold up under South Carolina's pressure was encouraging. Winning the tournament was our objective.'
Earlier in the afternoon, Cal State Fullerton downed St .Mary's, 4-0 behind two goals from reserve Jason Ashurst. Ashurst scored his first goal at the 39:52 mark when he chipped the ball over St. Mary's keeper Dan McElhinney from 30 yards out. Ashurst scored again at the 50:25 mark with an assist from Jyrki Kylaheiko. Brent Whitfield made it 3-0 in the 60th minute, and Cameron McKinnon closed it out in the 83rd minute when he fired in a rebounded shot past McElhinney.
Fullerton keeper Sam Reynolds, who made six saves, picked up his first win of the season. St. Mary's goalkeeper Dan McElhinney made a career-high 10 saves.
UCLA midfielder Chadd Davis, who recorded two goals and an assist against St. Mary's Friday, earned Tournament Offensive MVP honors. Wells, who made nine saves and allowed zero goals in 181 minutes of play over the weekend, was selected the Defensive MVP to extend UCLA's streak of Pacific Soccer Classic Defensive MVPs to 10 years. Also earning All-Tournament honors were: Nelson Akwari and Scot Thompson (UCLA), Tim Glowienka, Ryan Daley and David Moore (South Carolina), Keith Buckley and Jason Ashurst (Cal State Fullerton), and Brian Kummer and Diego Rovira (St. Mary's).
UCLA - Chadd Davis, Zach Wells, Nelson Akwari, Scot Thompson
South Carolina - Tim Glowienka, Ryan Daley, David Moore
Cal State Fullerton - Keith Buckley, Jason Ashurst
St. Mary's - Brian Kummer, Diego Rovira