Men's Soccer Wins Pac-10 Title!
Nov. 17, 2002
Fresno, CA - Senior forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, CA/Santa Margarita HS) scored two goals within a 10 minute span in the first half to lead UCLA to a 3-1 Pac-10 Conference win at Fresno State in front of 4,313 fans. The victory gives UCLA the Pac-10 team title, the Bruins' first conference championship in five years.
Pierce's team-leading ninth and tenth goals of the season came on a five-yard boot in the 21st minute and a 10-yard kick at the 30:02 mark. He also assisted on UCLA's third goal, sending a cross to Matt Taylor, who deflected it into the back of the net for his seventh goal.
Fresno State made things interesting early in the second half. Down 2-0, Bulldog midfielder Kupono Low scored on a penalty kick in the 50th minute to cut the lead in half. However, defender Ernie Vega was ejected in the 73rd minute after picking up his second yellow of the match. The Bruins capitalized on the man-advantage 10 minutes later on Taylor's goal.
UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells made three saves on Fresno State's seven shots, while Bulldog goalkeeper Jeremy Proud made six saves to become FSU's career saves leader with 319.
The Bruins' record improves to 13-3-3, 8-2-0 in the Pac-10, while Fresno State ends the season with a 5-11-4 mark, 2-7-1 in the conference.
UCLA will await its fate in the NCAA Tournament when the brackets are announced on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1:30 pm PT. The NCAA Selection Show will be carried live on ESPNews. The Bruins receive the Pac-10's automatic berth in the Tournament and have now advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 20th consecutive year.