Husky Men Blank No. 24 UCLA 1-0
Oct. 28, 2007
WESTWOOD, Calif. - Behind senior forward Ely Allen's conference-leading eighth goal, Washington men's soccer upset 24th-ranked and Pac-10 leader UCLA, 1-0, at Drake Stadium in Westwood, Calif., Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) handed the Bruins (7-6-2, 3-2-1) just their first home loss of the season and snapped their four-game winning streak that included a 3-2 victory over UW in Seattle exactly one week ago. In fact, UW also snapped UCLA's 10-game unbeaten streak at Drake Stadium, a span that included eight wins and two ties since Oct. 29 of last season.
'Obviously it's a big, big win for our program, especially given that the margin of error for our hopes of making it to the postseason is very small, if there is any left at all,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said following the match. 'Beating UCLA down here just shows that we had a lot on the line and we responded.'
Allen scored the game's only goal in the 24th minute when he rushed UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk on a clearance. The clearance hit Allen in the chest and found its way into the goal before either Perk or Allen could get to it. Allen's eight goals are a career-high for the senior forward who has taken over the scoring load since fellow forward Kevin Forrest was lost for the season with a foot injury. Allen has scored four goals in the last three games.
The Huskies defense withstood a relentless offensive attack from the Bruins, with UCLA outshooting UW 15-4 and ending with 10-0 advantage on corner kicks. Husky redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung tallied four saves in the match, including stopping a shot from Bruin David Estrada in the 73rd minute. Fung earned his fifth shutout of the season.
Allen almost scored a second goal in the 62nd minute when his header off a free kick went high.
The Huskies were forced to play a man down after sophomore defender Casey Cunningham was issued a red card at 87:21 when he head butted Bruin player Brad Rusin. At that point, the Bruins were still searching for the equalizer but the Husky defense held strong for the final two and a half minutes.
The win moved the Huskies up to fourth place in the Pac-10 standings with seven points after opening the weekend in sixth. UCLA remained in the conference lead with 13 points, followed by San Diego State (12), which defeated Oregon State, 2-0, earlier Sunday on the UCLA campus.
'We knew the importance of the match and we came with a strong mindset not to concede goals,' Wurzberger said. 'I was proud of our mental approach to the game. We showed a bit of toughness, a bit of steel. It was a great team win and now we're delighted to get back home to prepare for Cal.'
The Huskies will have the luxury of a bye week this week, and will have extra time to prepare for its final two home matches of the season. UW will next host California, Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Stanford, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. The Huskies will wrap the regular season on the road at Oregon State (Nov. 16) and at San Diego State State (Nov. 18).
Washington 1, #24 UCLA 0
Drake Stadium; Westwood, Calif.
Scoring - 1, UW, Ely Allen, (unassisted), 23:36.
Shots - UW 4, UCLA 15
Corners - UW 0, UCLA 10
Saves - UW 4 (Stephen Fung), UCLA 1 (Brian Perk)
Fouls - UW 15, UCLA 7
Offsides - UW 4, UCLA 2
Attendance - 1407