UCLA, Cal State Northridge Tie, 1-1, In Men's Soccer Season Opener
Aug. 26, 2006
Los Angeles, CA - UCLA kept its unbeaten streak against Cal State Northridge alive after a 1-1 decision Saturday night at Frank W. Marshall Field. Junior midfielder Greg Folk scored the tying goal for the Bruins in the first half.
Northridge struck first early in the game. In the ninth minute, Matador forward Sunghyun Kim took advantage of a mishit header and sent in a cross to Ryan Rossi, who fired a shot in from the top of the box. The goal was the first allowed by UCLA at home in a regular season game since November of 2004.
UCLA came back in the 26th minute when midfielder Sal Zizzo found Folk on the left side of the box. Folk fired a shot past Northridge goalkeeper Kevin Guppy for his first career goal.
The second half and overtime periods were played aggressively and were filled with back-and-forth near misses. In the 74th minute, Mike Zaher's free kick hit the crossbar and bounced on top of the net. Northridge had a breakaway opportunity on a counter-attack in the 87th minute, but Michael Clegg's shot was blocked by Bruin defender Kiel McClung. McClung also got in the way of another potential Matador breakaway, knocking away a cross in the waning moments of the first overtime period.
UCLA forward Jason Leopoldo had two shots in extra time saved by Guppy. In the 94th minute, Leopoldo's shot trickled past Guppy towards the goal line, but the goalkeeper scrambled back to make the save. Leopoldo also had another shot saved in the 101st minute.
The second overtime was a thriller, with the teams combining for eight shots in 10 minutes. In the 104th minute, Clegg shot high on a breakaway, and in the 110th minute, Leopoldo was just wide. The Matadors had one last chance in the final 10 seconds, but UCLA senior goalkeeper Eric Reed dove high to knock away a Rossi shot to preserve the tie. The save was Reed's only save of the game. Guppy finished with nine saves on UCLA's 10 shots on goal.
UCLA brings its all-time record against Cal State Northridge to 12-0-2. The Bruins will next face defending national champion Maryland on the road Friday, Sept. 1 in a game televised live on CSTV.
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