Bruins Use Second-Half Rally To Defeat Husky Men 2-1
Nov. 6, 2004
SEATTLE, WASH. - Second-ranked UCLA used a pair of second-half goals to rally for a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Washington in front of a season-high crowd of 2,520 fans in UW's regular season home finale at Husky Soccer Field Friday evening. The win clinched the Bruins' third-straight Pac-10 title, as UCLA (11-2-2, 6-1-0) and second-place Washington (11-5-2, 4-2-1) were battling for the conference crown.
The Huskies held the offensive edge in the first half, capped by a picture perfect goal from freshman midfielder Ely Allen. Sophomore midfielder Leo Totev served a cross to Allen, whose long curling 25-yard shot sailed into the far corner of the net at the 34:21 minute mark. UW outshot UCLA 9-4 in the first half and held a 1-0 advantage heading into the intermission.
UCLA caught momentum in the second half, when a give-and-go play from Jordan Harvey to Ahmed Khalil resulted in the equalizing goal for the Bruins at 64:39. Then Benny Feilhaber's 15-yard shot that soared just under the crossbar and just over the fingertips of UW junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander proved to be the gamewinner at 79:08.
'The guys battled hard,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said following the match. 'They (UCLA) only played a single game last weekend and looked fresher than us. They looked like they were flying. You can see why they're highly ranked, they've got a lot of talent. We're in it for the long run and the good news is we don't need this game to get into the playoffs, I don't think. We've got to learn we need to stay like we were at the beginning, we've got to stay energized for 90 minutes. We've got to finish the season now with a good win on the road at Oregon State.'
Eylander ended with four saves on the night, while Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reed recorded three saves.
The Bruins and Huskies split the season series, as Washington won the Pac-10 match in Los Angeles, 1-0, on Oct. 3. The loss was the second-straight for UW, marking the first time all season the Huskies have lost two-straight.
Washington will look to get back on the winning track when it plays its regular season finale at Oregon State, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m.
NCAA Men's Soccer
#2 UCLA 2, #7 Washington 1
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.
Scoring--1, UW, Ely Allen (Leo Totev), 34:21. 2, UCLA, Ahmed Khalil (Jordan Harvey), 64:39. 3, UCLA, Benny Feilhaber (unassisted), 79:08.
Shots - UCLA 14, UW 12
Saves - UCLA 3 (Eric Reed), UW 4 (Chris Eylander)
Corner Kicks - UCLA 7, UW 6
Fouls - UCLA 21, UW 13
Offsides - UCLA 5, UW 0
Attendance - 2520