UCLA Ends Regular Season With 1-0 Win Over Fresno State
Nov. 15, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - UCLA closed the regular season with a 1-0 victory over Fresno State on a rainy night at Drake Stadium. The victory gave the Bruins a perfect 10-0-0 record in the conference play, a first for any Pac-10 men's soccer team.
Fresno State had a good chance earlier in the game to get on the scoreboard. In the 27th minute, Jeremiah LeRoy shot a header towards an open net, but Bruin defender Leonard Griffin cleared it out. On the resulting corner kick, LeRoy had another header that was saved by UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells.
Wells, Nate Pena and Eric Reed combined to record UCLA's 15th shutout of the season, the second-best total in UCLA history, Each made a save apiece while facing a total of 11 shots. Wells lowered his season goals against average to 0.39, while Pena kept his average at a perfect 0.00. Reed lowered his to 0.90.
Fresno State goalkeeper Eric Kronberg had six saves on 17 UCLA shots.
UCLA (18-1-1) finished the regular season undefeated at home with a 10-0-0 record. It is the Bruins' first undefeated regular season home campaign since 1999.
Top-ranked UCLA will find out its fate in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, Nov. 17 at 1 pm when the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed on ESPNews. The Bruins are expected to receive a first-round bye as one of the top seeds. Second round action takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
UCLA's nine-man senior class plus team manager Fred Fowler were honored in Senior Day ceremonies. Seven of the seniors earned starts in the game - Wells, Cliff McKinley, Matt Taylor, Adolfo Gregorio, Griffin, Dru Hoshimiya and John Carson. Ty Maurin also saw action in his final regular season home game.