UCLA Loses First Home Game Of Season, 1-0, Against Washington
Oct. 28, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - Washington snapped UCLA's four-game winning streak and became the first visiting team to win at Drake Stadium this year, defeating the Bruins 1-0. The Huskies' goal was scored in the 24th minute when forward Ely Allen rushed UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk on a clearance. The clearance hit Allen in the chest and trickled back towards the goal. Both Perk and Allen chased back for the ball but could not reach it before it went in for the only goal of the game.
The Bruins dominated play, outshooting the Huskies, 15-4, but could not find the back of the net in either half. In the 34th minute, Andrew Sinderhoff had an open path to the goal but missed wide right. Kyle Nakazawa had a good look in the 48th minute but missed wide left. Tony Beltran shot wide in the 54th minute, and Maxwell Griffin hit the right side netting in the 67th minute. At 72:13, Jason Leopoldo made a nice run to set up David Estrada, whose shot found an opening between the Washington defenders, but Husky goalkeeper Stephen Fung was there to make the save.
With the Bruins still seeking the equalizer late in the game, Washington's Casey Cunningham was red-carded after head-butting Bruin defender Brad Rusin at 87:21, but UCLA could not capitalize on the man advantage in those final two and a half minutes.
Fung earned the shutout, making four saves on UCLA's 15 shots. Perk had one save on two shots on goal, stopping a shot by Ellis McLoughlin in the 40th minute. The Bruins had a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
UCLA (8-6-2, 4-2-1 in the Pac-10) remains in first place in the Pac-10 with 13 points. San Diego State, which defeated Oregon State, 2-0, on the UCLA campus earlier Sunday afternoon, pulled to within one of the Bruins with a 4-2-0 mark and 12 points. Washington (7-6-2, 2-3-1) moves up from sixth place to fourth place with seven points in the Pac-10 standings after the victory.
The Bruins are in action again next weekend in the Bay Area, facing Stanford on Nov. 2 and California on Nov. 4.