No. 12 Cal Falls to No. 3 Seed UCLA, 3-2, in Third Round of NCAAs
Nov. 30, 2002
Sophomore Carl Acosta scored two goals in the last ten minutes of regulation time, but it was not enough as the UCLA Bruins walked away with a 3-2 victory over the 12th-ranked California Golden Bears in the third round of the NCAA Championships Saturday evening at Drake Stadium. The No. 3 seed Bruins (15-3-3) advance to the fourth round of the tournament as the Bears finish their season at 14-6-2
In the 20th minute, UCLA's Cliff McKinley fired a free kick that Cal goalkeeper Josh Saunders dove to his right to save. Aaron Lopez collected off the rebound and placed the ball into the opposite side of the net to give the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish.
McKinley sprung right back to the middle of the action for the Bruins, scoring at 27:55, assisted by Jimmy Frazelle, from the top of the box to the upper-right side of the net to increase UCLA's lead to 2-0 at the half.
Cal's only shot of the half was by sophomore Noah Merl who rebounded the ball of the Bears' only corner kick in the first stanza, but was blocked by a Bruins defender. Saunders collected three saves in the first half off of UCLA's seven shots.
The Bruins lengthened the lead at 50:08 as Matt Taylor knocked one by Saunders to the lower left corner of the box, unassisted, for the eventual game-winning goal.
A Cal goal was barred in the 79th minute as the referee called the Bears on offsides. A goal that later would have tied the game up.
Acosta scored his eighth goal of the year nearly two minutes later, assisted by Calen Carr, as he rocketed the ball to the top of the net as UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells's touch on the ball was not enough to prevent the goal.
Time was Cal's enemy in tonight's match, as the persistent Bears attacked on offense for the remainder of the game, but was unable to pull out a victory in front of over 1,000 fans.
Pac-10 Player of the Year Josh Saunders collected seven saves in the effort to Wells' two. Cal exploded in the second half, notching 11 shots to the Bruins' eight.
The California men's soccer team finished the 2002 season after recording the school's first ever postseason victory and breaking the school record for most consecutive wins (9), a streak that UCLA snapped at Drake Stadium, 2-1.
Men's Soccer Results at Drake StadiumLos Angeles, CA
Cal 0 2 - 2UCLA 2 1 - 3
Scoring SummaryUCLA Lopez (McKinley) 20minUCLA McKinley (Frazelle) 28minUCLA Taylor (unassisted) 51minCal Acosta (Fukuda) 81minCal Acosta (Carr) 83minRecords:Cal 14-6-2UCLA 15-3-3