Men's Soccer Falls To U.S. National Team, 3-1
Feb. 1, 2005
Carson, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer team opened the 2005 spring season with a strong showing against the full U.S. National Team, playing even with the U.S. for 76 minutes before succumbing, 3-1, in a scrimmage at The Home Depot Center. Freshman forward Kamani Hill scored the only goal for the Bruins in the first half.
The Bruin defense kept an aggressive U.S. attack off the boards for the first 35 minutes of the contest. UCLA goalkeeper Nate Pena made several spectacular saves, including one in the ninth minute on a point blank shot that led to a UCLA counter-attack, which resulted in a Benny Feilhaber shot being saved by former Bruin keeper Kevin Hartman. UCLA had a chance to get on the boards first in the 16th minute, and a minute later, Feilhaber missed high on a shot. Pena came up big twice in the 18th minute, diving to save a shot and then grabbing another header in the box a few seconds later. Pena had another tremendous save in the 36th minute but could not get a handle on the ball, and Eddie Johnson followed through on the rebound, putting the ball in the back of the net for the game's first goal.
UCLA came back in the 43rd minute. Sophomore Patrick Ianni sent a terrific pass downfield to a streaking Hill, who eluded a U.S. defender and got past Hartman and easily escorted the ball into the net for the equalizer.
After halftime, a new group of U.S. players, including former Bruins Nick Rimando and Jimmy Conrad, tried their hand at solving the Bruin defense. Just two minutes in, the U.S. earned a penalty kick, but the Bruins' Eric Reed got a hand on the shot, deflecting it off the left post. It wasn't until the 77th minute that the U.S. was able to break through with not just one but two goals. The U.S. drew Reed out and scored on an empty net shot for the go-ahead goal and then scored another goal a few seconds later on a chip shot.