UCLA Shut Out By Top-Ranked Wake Forest, 3-0
Sept. 5, 2008
No. 14/19 UCLA lost to defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Wake Forest, 3-0, during the Demon Deacons' home opener on a rainy Friday night in Winston-Salem, NC. The Bruins were unable to capitalize on 12 shot opportunities, while Wake Forest scored three times on 17 shots.
UCLA fell behind early, allowing a goal at the 2:05 mark on a header by Lyle Adams. Marcus Tracy, last year's College Cup Offensive MVP, scored his third goal of the young season at the 25:36 mark on a 17-yard shot from the right side of the box. Wake Forest set the pace in the first half, outshooting the Bruins, 10-4.
In the second half, UCLA came out strong, firing off four shots in the first 15 minutes. Maxwell Griffin had a shot that was saved by Wake Forest's Akira Fitzgerald in the 49th minute and then missed just wide in the 50th. A Brad Rusin header off a corner kick went high in the 56th minute, and Kyle Nakazawa shot high in the 60th.
The Deacons increased their lead to 3-0 at 72:14 with a goal by freshman Nick Millington. UCLA immediately pressured to get on the board. In the 74th minute, Bruin freshman Prince Lapnet had a shot saved by Fitzgerald. On the resulting corner kick, Griffin's header went high. Lapnet and Griffin led the team with three shots apiece, with two of Lapnet's shots being saved by Fitzgerald, who earned his second consecutive shutout by making three saves. Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded four saves.
UCLA (1-2) will next face North Carolina (3-0) on Sunday at 1 pm ET in the final day of the Deacon Fall Classic. North Carolina defeated South Carolina in today's first game, 3-1. Wake Forest (3-0) will host South Carolina (1-1-1) at 3:30 pm ET.