UCLA Men's Soccer Team Drops 2-1 Decision At Stanford
Nov. 2, 2007
UCLA dropped a 2-1 decision at Stanford in Palo Alto Friday night but remained in first place in the Pac-10 with a one-point lead over both California and San Diego State. Junior forward Maxwell Griffin scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the second half to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Bruins could not get the equalizer before time expired.
Stanford attempted two shots on goal in the first nine minutes, with UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk making saves on shots by by Kyle Hency and Thiago Sa Freire. The Bruins had a good look in the 23rd minute on a David Estrada breakaway, but Cardinal goalkeeper John Moore sprinted out and deflected the ball away to spoil the Bruin scoring chance.
In the 43rd minute, Bobby Warshaw put Stanford ahead, 1-0, when he scored off a deflection in the box. Kyle Hency made it 2-0 Stanford in the 49th minute when he lobbed a shot over Perk after a Sa Freire flick. UCLA cut the lead in half in the 66th minute when Griffin intercepted a pass from a Stanford defender and raced into the left side of the box. Griffin's shot to the far post beat Moore, bringing UCLA to within one. UCLA pressed forward to try to find the equalizer, but Stanford held on to secure the win, its first over the Bruins since Oct. 8, 2000. UCLA had been unbeaten against the Cardinal in the last 15 games.
The Bruins' record falls to 8-7-2, 4-3-1 in the Pac-10. Stanford improves to 5-4-5, 2-2-2 in the Pac-10.
The result sets up a must-win game for UCLA on Sunday at California. A Bruin victory would give UCLA a four point lead over the Golden Bears, while a loss would drop the Bruins behind Cal in the standings.