UCLA Squeaks By Cal, 1-0, in Overtime
Nov. 4, 2001
BERKELEY - Pac-10 rival UCLA (8-6-4) took advantage of a penalty call in the eighth minute of overtime to edge California (9-6-1), 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.
Junior midfielder Ryan Futagaki, who was fouled in the goal crease, nailed home the game winner on the ensuing penalty kick, into the top left corner of the net passed a diving Josh Saunders.
'Both teams' defenses played really well and really strong. It was a very tight game,' said Bears head coach Kevin Grimes. 'There were not a lot of chances for either team, and the first team that got the chance was going to score. It was kind of a tough break on the penalty in overtime against us but that's part of the game.'
In what ultimately turned out to be a very physical match by both teams, neither team was able to gain an offensive rhythm. The Bears had a couple of scoring chances early in the match but were not able to capitalize. The first came when junior midfielder Patrick Fisher missed with the header off of a penalty kick in the 11th minute. Then freshman Carl Acosta missed wide right with his shot from the top of the box in the 29th minute. Both teams seemed content with playing the game at midfield.
'I don't think it was a well played game by either team,' said Grimes. 'That sometimes happens when you get down to the end of the season ... the games get a little tense and defense starts to take over on both sides. It was a tough hard fought match by both teams and one goal was going to decide it.'
In overtime, the Bears again came out strong and had a couple of scoring chances. Just 54 seconds into OT, freshman Kyle Navarro had his throw-in land in front of the net only to be bobbled by UCLA goalie Zach Wells. In the 96th minute, Pat Fisher sped down the right flank and dished to Austin Ripmaster, ahead of his defender, but he couldn't control the pass.
'I think we started the game really well and we ended the game really well,' exclaimed Grimes. 'In overtime, we were doing some really good things but its just one of those things - it just happened. They got the call they needed and that was the end of it.'
The Bears lost to UCLA for the second time this season, snapping a three game win streak. Cal hosts Stanford Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Men's Soccer Result at Edwards StadiumBerkeley
1 2 OT FUCLA 0 0 1 1California 0 0 0 0
Goals: - UCLA - Ryan Futagaki 98:47 (Unassisted)
Shots: - UCLA 12 (6 SOG), California - 8 (4 SOG)
Saves:- UCLA (Zach Wells) - 4, California (Josh Saunders) - 6
Fouls: - UCLA 16, California - 19
Offsides: - UCLA 1, California - 2
Records: - UCLA (8-6-4, 3-2-1), California - (9-6-1, 2-3)