No. 5 UCLA Edges Washington 1-0 In Pac-10 Men's Soccer Action
Oct. 27, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - Luke Mehring's header off a free kick in the 38th minute accounted for the only goal of the match, lifting the fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins over Washington 1-0 in Pac-10 men's soccer action at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday.
Suffering their sixth loss of the season to a ranked opponent, the Huskies fell to 4-7-3 overall and 1-4 against Pac-10 teams. The first-place Bruins improved to 10-1-2 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10. UCLA's victory snapped a five-game losing streak against UW in Seattle that dated back to Sept. 13, 1980.
Mehring's second goal of the season came in the 38th minute of the match. Adolfo Gregorio served a free kick in front of the goal where Mehring knocked a header into the far corner of the net from six yards out.
The Bruins outshot Washington 15-8, including an 8-5 shot advantage in the second half, despite Washington controlling the ball in UCLA's defensive half of the field for a good portion of the second period.
UW freshman Jeff Hoover, who scored his first collegiate goal Friday night versus Fresno State, came off the bench to lead the Husky attack with two shots. Tim Pierce and Ryan Futagaki led the Bruins with three shots each.
Washington will have an opportunity to avenge the loss next weekend, as the Huskies travel to California to face these same Bruins, Fri., Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. in Westwood, before heading to Fresno State, Sun., Nov. 3, for a 2 p.m. kickoff.