UCLA, Northridge Battle To Scoreless Tie
Oct. 14, 2005
Northridge, CA - Playing under 90-plus degree San Fernando Valley heat, the offenses of both UCLA and Cal State Northridge went cold, with the two men's soccer teams playing to a 0-0 tie. Both squads had 12 shots, including three on goal. The Bruins played the final 33 minutes down a man after midfielder Patrick Ianni was red-carded in the 77th minute but played tough defense to keep the Matadors off the boards.
UCLA goalkeeper Nate Pena earned the shutout for UCLA, his first of the season, making three saves. Matador keeper Kevin Guppy also had three saves in the shutout.
Ianni was ejected from the game during an altercation in the box prior to a Bruin free kick at 76:32, forcing UCLA to play a man down the rest of the game. However, the Bruin defense did well to dilute the man advantage, allowing just one shot on goal following the red card. Pena had the save on that shot on goal, a rocket by Matt Tracy that Pena tipped just wide two minutes into the first overtime. Northridge had a good opportunity in the final seconds of the second overtime period when Daniel Paladini mounted an attack in the box, but Bruin defender Kiel McClung stole the ball to end the threat.
'We defended pretty well, but we didn't play as well in our attack today,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'We weren't as fluid as we have been. I think the weather and the choppiness of the game played a role in that. But we didn't let them take it to us after we got the red card, and our defenders did well with 10 men to keep it 0-0.'
UCLA's best offensive chance came with 1:13 left in regulation, when McClung launched a free kick into the box that was picked off by Guppy just before a Bruin player was able to get a head on it.
The Bruins (7-3-1) will host San Diego State on Sunday, Oct. 16 in a Pac-10 Conference game at Frank W. Marshall Field. The game begins at 1 pm. Cal State Northridge (7-2-3) next hosts UC Irvine on Oct. 19.
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