UCLA, Stanford Battle To Scoreless Tie
Oct. 12, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - In a Pac-10 Conference game at UCLA's Frank W. Marshall Field, the UCLA and Stanford men's soccer teams battled to a scoreless tie on a chilly and damp Friday evening.
The two teams each had 10 shots in the game, with UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk making two saves and Stanford keeper John Moore making three. The Bruins seemed to have the most dangerous chances in the game, with good defensive stops being made to keep UCLA off the board.
In the 30th minute, Bruin midfielder Kyle Nakazawa took a free kick that nearly curled into the goal, but the shot was saved by Moore. Stanford nearly gave UCLA an own goal in the 35th minute when UCLA's Jason Leopoldo sent a dangerous cross into the box to David Estrada. Before Estrada could get to the ball, however, a Stanford defender deflected it towards the goal, forcing Moore to make a diving save. Leopoldo had another good opportunity in the 40th minute, taking a hard shot from the left side that Moore had to make a kick save on.
Stanford freshman Bobby Warshaw had all four of the Cardinal's first-half shots, including a dazzling bicycle kick that went high in the 33rd minute and a header that went just wide in the 37th minute.
The Bruins dominated in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Leopoldo and Estrada exhibiting skillful play and ball movement that resulted in near-misses by Maxwell Griffin. At 54:02, a Leopoldo run set up Mike Zaher for a curling shot to the top right corner that just missed. Zaher also had a shot blocked in the box in the 65th minute. The Cardinal blocked another Bruin shot in the box, an Estrada scissor kick in the 79th minute.
Stanford had a few good chances in the second half as well, with Perk saving a Michael Alexander shot in the 61st minute, and Daniel Leon missing wide right in the 74th minute. In the 80th minute, Stanford had an opportunity with Perk out of his box, but Bruin defender Greg Folk cleared the ball out of danger before any Cardinal player could take a shot. Perk secured his box a few minutes later, snuffing a threat in the 84th minute.
In the first overtime period, Stanford took the first scoring opportunities but missed wide left on shots by Warshaw and Kyle Hency. Rainfall in the middle of the first overtime hindered the two teams' offensive capabilities, and only two shots, one by each team that were saved, were recorded after that.
Perk earned his fourth shutout of the year and lowered his season goals against average to 0.96. Moore also earned the shutout, his first of the season.
With the tie, UCLA moves to 4-5-2 on the year and 0-1-1 in the Pac-10. Stanford moves to 4-2-5 overall and 1-0-2 in the Pac-10. The Bruins will host California on Sunday at 2:30 pm, while Stanford travels to San Diego State.
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