UCLA Downs Oregon State, 2-1
Oct. 1, 2006
Los Angeles, CA - The No. 17 UCLA men's soccer team won for the second time this weekend, defeating Oregon State, 2-1, in front of a spirited crowd of 1,377 at Frank W. Marshall Field. Freshman midfielder Kyle Nakazawa scored in the ninth minute, and sophomore forward Jason Leopoldo recorded the game-winning goal in the 54th minute as UCLA improved to 6-3-2 on the year.
Nakazawa put UCLA up early, firing in a 22-yard shot after a failed Oregon State clearance on a Bruin corner kick at 8:38. The goal was his second of the season.
Oregon State had shots that hit the left post by Mason Webb in the 21st minute and Robbie Findley in the 29th minute and a shot by Findley that hit the crossbar in the 11th minute. The Beavers caught a break in the 42nd minute when a booming shot by UCLA's David Estrada ricocheted off the chest of a OSU defender and traveled back about 40 yards right to Findley. On the counter-attack, Findley fired a shot that UCLA goalkeeper Eric Reed saved, but the rebound went to a trailing Nick Webb, who shot the ball into the left corner for the equalizer at 41:14.
Leopoldo's game-winning goal at 53:29 was set up nicely by Michael Stephens, who sent a cross from the right side into Estrada in the box. Estrada back-heeled the ball to Leopoldo, who one-timed it into the back of the net for his second game-winning goal of the season.
UCLA senior goalkeeper Eric Reed had a career-high tying seven saves, none bigger than his last. With seconds remaining, the Beavers were awarded a free kick, and Josh Cameron got off a shot that was blocked by a UCLA defender. Brett Gardner collected the rebound and fired a shot from close-range, but Reed was right there to make the stop.
Oregon State goalkeeper Jason Mariner had four saves in his first start of the season.
With the win, UCLA improves to 6-3-2 overall, 2-1-1 in the Pac-10. The Beavers fall to 5-5-1, 0-3-0 in the Pac-10. The Bruins' next game will be at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8 pm. The game will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.