Men's Soccer Rallies To Defeat Fresno State, 2-1
Oct. 13, 2002
Los Angeles, CA - The sixth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team came from behind to defeat Fresno State, 2-1, in the Pac-10 Conference opener at Frank W. Marshall Field Sunday afternoon. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Bruins received second-half goals from freshman Luke Mehring (Malibu, CA/Malibu HS) in the 51st minute and senior Jimmy Frazelle (Folsom, CA/Bella Vista HS) in the 82nd minute to secure the victory.
Fresno State surprised UCLA with a Joshua LeRoy goal at 37:28. Leroy took a pass from Marvin Sorto in the middle of the box and shot it past Bruin goalkeeper Nate Pena (Yorba Linda, CA/Mater Dei HS).
UCLA recovered after the half and quickly equalized in the 51st minute. After forward Matt Taylor (Irvine, CA/Irvine HS) was taken down on a hard foul by Paul Moran that resulted in a yellow card for the Bulldog defender, Scot Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Trabuco Hills HS) sent a free kick into the box that Jordan Harvey (Mission Viejo, CA/Capistrano Valley HS) flicked to Mehring. Mehring blasted a header into the back of the net to tie the score.
Both teams had opportunities to break the tie. UCLA forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, CA/Santa Margarita HS) hit the post in the 52nd minute, and LeRoy had a cross cleared out in the box by Harvey in the 64th minute. Harvey cleared out another ball in the box in the 68th minute, and Pena made a diving fingertip save of a Kupono Low shot at 69:30.
Frazelle finally broke through for the game-winner at 81:11, taking a pass through the middle from Mike Enfield (Ventura, CA/Ventura HS) and slotting it past keeper Jeremy Proud.
Pena earned his first career victory in his first collegiate start and made three saves in the game. Proud made one save.
'The fact that we didn't play as well of a game against a good Fresno State team and still won is important,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'This game was a good learning experience for us.'
UCLA's record improves to 6-1-2, 1-0-0 in Pac-10 play. Fresno State falls to 3-5-3, 0-1-0. Conference play continues for the Bruins on Friday, Oct. 18 against defending Pac-10 champion Stanford at 7:00 pm at Frank W. Marshall Field.