UCLA, Creighton Play To Scoreless Tie
Sept. 8, 2007
The 10th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team is still seeking its first victory of the season after a scoreless tie against 17th-ranked Creighton on Saturday evening. The Bruins outshot Creighton, 21-12, but were snakebit several times, with two shots hitting the crossbar and two hitting the post.
The Bruins had their first shot go off the woodwork in the 32nd minute when a Chance Myers shot from the right side hit the far post. Remarkably, in the 105th minute, UCLA hit the crossbar or post three times in one play. After a corner kick, Jason Leopoldo took a shot that hit the crossbar and go right back to him. His rebound shot also rattled the crossbar, rebounding out to Kyle Nakazawa, who then hit the outside post before the ball was kicked out of danger.
UCLA had other chances stopped by the Creighton defense. In the 61st minute, Maxwell Griffin broke free of a pair of Creighton defenders to receive a through ball, but his shot was saved by Bluejay goalkeeper Matt Evans. Leopoldo also had a shot saved Evans on the left sideline in the 69th minute. The Bruins just missed on a few other chances as well, with Leopoldo missing just high on a free kick outside the box in the 59th minute and Brad Rusin missing wide left after a corner kick in the 96th minute. Myers' header off a free kick also went just high in the 102nd minute.
Bruin sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk had an outstanding game to earn his first collegiate shutout with 110 scoreless minutes and three acrobatic saves, including two in the first half. The first came in the seventh minute when Perk made a leaping save on a close-range shot by Creighton's Mo Travis. On the ensuing corner kick, Perk again leaped up high to take the service away. In the 20th minute, Creighton earned a free kick at the top of the box, but Andrei Gotsmanov's shot was saved by a diving Perk. His last save came in the waning minutes of the game. With less than 30 seconds remaining, he stopped a shot by Chris Schuler to preserve the shutout.
Creighton goalkeeper Matt Evans matched Perk with three saves in the game.
For the second consecutive game, UCLA played in front of a record-breaking crowd, this one 5,812 strong at Creighton's Morrison Stadium. Last week, the Bruins played in front of an Indiana University school record crowd of 7,423.
UCLA, who has been on the road for three-straight games against Top 20 opponents, will play at home for the first time next week with a pair of games against Big Ten foes. The Bruins face Ohio State on Sept. 14 and Penn State on Sept. 16. Both games will be played at Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.
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