Men's Soccer Defeats Cal State Bakersfield, 3-1, In Spring Charity Game

April 12, 2003

Bakersfield, CA - Defending NCAA Division I champion UCLA took a 3-1decision in a soccer friendly from NCAA Division II power Cal StateBakersfield Friday night on the CSUB Main Soccer Field. The game wasplayed as a benefit for the Los Angeles chapter of the ALS Foundation (LouGerhig's Disease).

Both teams played without their seniors, but the level of play was intenseand entertaining. The difference in the game was a UCLA backline thatrarely allowed CSUB a clean look at goal.

The Bruins struck first just seven minutes into the match when juniorforward Matt Taylor finished an Adolfo Gregorio pass from inside the boxfor a 1-0 lead. Roadrunner goalkeeper Josh Wicks made two nice one-on-one saves to keep CSUB in the match through the firsthalf.

The 'Runners had a chance to equalize on 35 minutes when freshman forwardNick Angelillo got behind the Bruin defense at the topof the penalty area only to stumble over the ball with goalkeeper Nate Pe�aguessing.

UCLA got the insurance goal it would ultimately need midway through thesecond period when a Gregorio blast from the right corner of the penaltyarea gave Wicks no chance. Freshman Jordan Harvey had the assist on the play.

The 'Runners pulled one goal back in the 82nd minute when freshmanreserve Greg Knittel beat Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reedand two defenders to a Kyle Gookins cross on thedoorstep. CSUB nearly equalized two minutes later when Reed went to thefar left edge of the penalty area to clear a ball under pressure andmishit his clearance attempt. CSUB's Sean Luque had a chance to onetime the ball into an exposed goal but didn't get goodleather on his half volley attempt and sent it well wide.

The Bruins put the game away in the 89th minute when a Phillip Harr crossfound Luke Mehring alone at the far post. Mehring tapped it in for the 3-1 finalscore.

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