UCLA Loses Heartbreaker In Overtime At Santa Clara, 2-1
Sept. 22, 2007
UCLA lost a heartbreaker at Santa Clara on Saturday evening, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the eighth-ranked Broncos.
The No. 5/12 Bruins led in the first half after senior defender Mike Zaher found the back of the net with a long range blast into the lower corner of the far post at 37:09. The goal was his second of the year.
But a red card to forward Richard Flores made it difficult for UCLA to protect its lead, as the Bruins played a man down for the final 23 minutes of regulation. The Broncos got off their fair share of shots against the short-handed Bruins, with three going wide and UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk making a save on a Jalil Anibaba shot in the 78th minute. With 85:29 on the clock, the Broncos broke through with the tying goal on Peter Lowry's one-timer off a cross from Brian Curry.
UCLA nearly pulled off another last-minute miracle in the final minute of regulation, but with 49 seconds remaining, Kyle Nakazawa's shot was saved by Santa Clara goalkeeper Kevin Klasila.
Santa Clara wasted no time in overtime. Just 39 seconds in, Jeff Cosgriff chipped a shot over Perk from six yards out to end the game.
UCLA's record drops to 3-3-1, while Santa Clara improves to 5-1-2. The Bruins return to Southern California for a road contest at Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4 pm.