Men's Soccer Earns Weekend Sweep With 2-0 Win At Stanford
Oct. 17, 2004
Stanford, CA - The 19th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team recorded its second upset of the weekend, defeating 10th-ranked Stanford, 2-0, at Maloney Field. The Bruins upset 13th-ranked Cal on Friday by a final tally of 3-0.
The Bruins (7-2-2 overall, 3-1-0 in the Pac-10) continued their mastery over Stanford (6-2-5, 1-1-2), winning for the sixth consecutive time and shutting out the Cardinal for the seventh game in a row. The loss was Stanford's first since Sept. 24 and its first in Pac-10 play.
The two squads entered the halftime break deadlocked in a scoreless draw after an exciting first half that saw UCLA out-shoot the Cardinal by a slim 7-6 margin. Both teams created numerous scoring opportunities, and UCLA goalkeeper Eric Reed made four saves in the first period.
UCLA got to work early in the second half, as Benny Feilhaber tallied the first score in the 49th minute to put the Bruins ahead. The score came after UCLA's Richard Flores made a run up the right side and crossed to Kamani Hill in the box. Hill then fed Feilhaber, who finished off the series with his second goal of the season. The Bruins added to their lead in the 71st minute when an errant pass from the Cardinal back line was collected at the top of the Stanford box by Mike Enfield. Enfield found himself one-on-one with Cardinal goalkeeper Robby Fulton and scored his team-leading eighth goal with a shot to the lower right corner of the net.
Stanford had an opportunity to cut the lead in half with 16:30 left in regulation when Dan Shapiro intercepted a Bruin pass in the midfield and passed to a streaking Galen Thompson on the left flank. Thompson struck a low shot that sailed just wide of the right post. The Bruins nearly added to their lead with less than two minutes remaining, but a shot from Flores hit the Stanford post.
Fulton collected four saves in net for Cardinal, while Reed registered five saves for UCLA. The Bruins out-shot Stanford by a 12-9 margin, and UCLA's Chad Barrett led all players with five shot attempts. Darren Fernandez, Matt Janusz, and Bronson McDonald each attempted a team-high two shots for the Cardinal.
The two teams will meet again on Friday, Oct. 19 in a double-header with the UCLA and Stanford women. The men will play at 6 pm, and the women will play at 8 pm.