Bruin Soccer Rallies To Tie San Diego, 2-2
Nov. 13, 2003
San Diego, Calif. - UCLA mounted a furious rally to avoid its first loss since Sept. 5, coming back from two goals down to tie San Diego, 2-2, at Torero Stadium.
The Toreros got two on the boards in the first half, with Michael Caso scoring at 24:14 and then assisting Scott Burcar at 41:03. However, UCLA quickly jumped back into the game just 22 seconds later when junior midfielder Ryan Valdez scored the first goal of his career, assisted by Evan Corey.
Freshman forward Chad Barrett tied the contest with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation, scoring at the 80:53 mark on a 15 yard shot to the lower left corner.
Each team had three shots in the two overtime periods, but neither was able to score. John Carson nearly won the game for UCLA at 108:20, but his shot hit the post, and Kiel McClung's follow-up shot went wide.
UCLA keeper Zach Wells had four saves in the contest, and San Diego's Lance Friez recorded five.
Although UCLA's winning streak was snapped at 15, one shy of a school record, the Bruins' unbeaten streak remains intact at 16 games. UCLA (17-1-1) will close out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Drake Stadium at 7 pm against Fresno State. The Bruins' senior class will be honored in pre-game ceremonies.