Taylor, Barrett Lead UCLA To 5-0 Win Over Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 14, 2003
Carson, Calif. - The UCLA forward tandem of senior Matt Taylor (Irvine, Calif.) and freshman Chad Barrett (Beaverton, Ore.) scored all five goals in the game as the third-ranked Bruins defeated Cal State Fullerton, 5-0, in front of 1,663 fans at The Home Depot Center.
After a scoreless first half in which Fullerton outshot UCLA, 7-4, the Bruins came out in the second half on fire. Just 50 seconds into the half, Taylor scored the first of his three goals, hitting in a shot across the front of a goal off a cross from Barrett. Senior defender Leonard Griffin (Palmdale, Calif.) also assisted on the play.
Taylor struck again at 51:50. After Mike Enfield (Ventura, Calif.) sent a pass to Barrett, the freshman made Fullerton keeper Sam Reynolds commit and slotted a pass to Taylor on the left side, and Taylor hit it into the empty net.
Barrett's first goal of the game was a beauty. After taking an Enfield pass near the left endline, Barrett hit a tough angle but curled the shot to the right post past Reynolds.
Taylor earned his second hat trick of the season and third of his career at 79:21 with a goal from eight yards out. He was again assisted by Barrett. Less than a minute later, Barrett scored his second goal of the game from assists from Benny Feilhaber (Irvine, Calif.) and Ty Maurin (Chino, Calif.).
UCLA goalkeepers Zach Wells (79 minutes) and Nate Pena (11 minutes) shared the shutout. Wells made seven saves in the contest. Reynolds had six saves, including a penalty kick save in the 70th minute.
'It was a game of two halves,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'We knew Cal State Fullerton was a good team, but I knew we could wear them down with our strong bench. In the second half our guys took over. Matt and Chad, they are a good combo. They're a handful. They are both strong forwards who wear down the defenders.'
'This venue (The Home Depot Center) is amazing,' said Taylor. 'It's the best venue in the U.S. When you play here, it's just surreal.'