No. 1 UCLA Downs Stanford, 3-0
Oct. 19, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - A rematch of the 2002 NCAA Championship game between UCLA and Stanford ended up in UCLA's favor once again, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated the Cardinal, 3-0.
UCLA's leading goal-scorer Matt Taylor put the Bruins on the board first, one-timing a cross from Adolfo Gregorio in the box in the 12th minute. The goal was Taylor's 13th of the season, already a new single-season high. Gregorio had the favor returned to him in the 14th minute, taking a Taylor cross and slamming it in past Stanford goalkeeper Robby Fulton.
Neither team scored again in the second half. UCLA's defense shut down Stanford's completely, allowing no shots in the second half. Fulton saved six of UCLA's 11 shots in the second half and had 11 saves overall. Zach Wells and Eric Reed each played a half to share the shutout for UCLA.
The Bruins have now won four straight against Stanford, all shutout victories, and have shut out the Cardinal in five straight contests.
UCLA ups its record to 12-1-0, 5-0-0 in the Pac-10 and has won 10 straight games. Stanford, which was playing without two of its top players, Chad Marshall and James Twellman, drops to 2-10-2, 0-5-0 in the Pac-10.
The game will be broadcast Monday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 pm PT on College Sports TV (CSTV).