UCLA Falls To Cal, 3-1
Nov. 4, 2007
UCLA lost its third consecutive match, falling 3-1 to 24th-ranked California in Berkeley on Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless first half, Cal went up 2-0 before Bruin forward Maxwell Griffin cut the lead in half with his team-leading ninth goal of the season. However, a late Golden Bear goal squelched any thoughts of a Bruin comeback and put Cal in first place ahead of UCLA in the Pac-10 race.
The two teams were evenly matched in the first half, with each team recording five shots apiece. Cal had the first opportunities, with UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk making a pair of saves in the first six minutes, and Cal's Tyler Barry hitting the post at 6:36. The Bruins' first shot came in the 19th minute, with Chance Myers's shot being saved by Cal keeper Stefan Frei, who later stopped a shot by David Estrada in the 40th minute.
In the second half, both teams picked up the offensive pressure. Estrada had a header go wide in the 51st minute, and a minute later, Pat Marion's header was saved by Perk. Javier Ayala-Hil got Cal on the board first at 54:56, splitting the defense and beating Perk to his left. Luke sassano made the score 2-0 at 62:36, driving between two defenders and beating Perk to his right.
UCLA cut the lead in half at 69:15 on Griffin's goal, which he scored from deep in the box on the near side. Kyle Nakazawa provided the assist. Nakazawa and Jason Leopoldo both had chances to tie the game but were denied by Frei. Cal's Andrew Jacobson squelched the comeback thoughts with the Golden Bears' third goal at 81:07.
UCLA falls to 8-8-2, 4-4-1 in the Pac-10, while Cal improves to 10-4-1, 5-2-0 in the Pac-10. Cal leads the Pac-10 with 15 points, two ahead of the second-place Bruins (13 points).