Myers Scores Late Goal To Give UCLA 1-0 Win At San Francisco
Sept. 20, 2007
UCLA sophomore midfielder Chance Myers showed more flair for the dramatic, scoring in the 88th minute to break a scoreless tie at San Francisco's Negoesco Stadium and give the fifth-ranked Bruins a 1-0 win over 12th-ranked San Francisco.
Myers, whose other goal this year came with 38 seconds in regulation to force overtime at Notre Dame in the season opener, struck again in the final minutes of regulation, at 87:49. UCLA right back Tony Beltran sent a pass to Maxwell Griffin down the right sideline, and Griffin was fouled near the right corner, earning a free kick. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Nakazawa took the free kick and sent the ball into the box. The ball was knocked around a bit before Myers got a foot on it and sent it past goalkeeper Eric Conner for the game-winner.
The Bruins had two good scoring opportunities earlier in the half. In the 52nd minute, after a corner kick, senior defender Mike Zaher took a hard shot that Conner had to make a big save on. And in the 67th minute, Griffin's shot after a Nakazawa corner kick hit the underside of the crossbar and was sent out of danger.
San Francisco had a few scoring chances as well but was continually thwarted by either the Bruin back four of Zaher, Brandon Owens, Greg Folk and Beltran or goalkeeper Brian Perk. USF's Brandon McDonald had a dangerous free kick in the 40th minute, but Perk leaped to make the stop. In the 79th minute, USF forward Conor Chinn got forward on a counter-attack but was covered nicely by the Bruin defense, forcing a soft shot that was easily saved by Perk.
Perk recorded his second shutout of the year, making four saves on seven San Francisco shots. Conner had three save on 12 shots.
In winning their third-straight and stopping San Francisco's four-game winning streak, the Bruins up their record to 3-2-1. San Francisco's record drops to 4-2-0.
UCLA will continue its Bay Area trip on Saturday, Sept. 22 at eighth-ranked Santa Clara.