UCLA Men's Soccer Team Shuts Out Santa Clara, 2-0
Sept. 20, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer team picked up a 2-0 victory over Santa Clara in a non-conference game at Drake Stadium on Saturday night. Senior forward Maxwell Griffin scored the game's first goal in the 14th minute, and the Bruins added a second goal on an own goal in the 50th minute. Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded his second shutout of the season, making four saves.
Seniors Griffin and Jason Leopoldo worked together to create the first goal at the 13:39 mark. Leopoldo sent a chip shot into the box to Griffin, who chest-trapped and then kicked the ball into the upper right corner past Santa Clara goalkeeper Kevin Klasila for his third goal of the season.
Leopoldo helped create the second goal as well. At 49:45, he sent a dangerous ball into the box. Bronco defender Jalil Anibaba tried to clear it out of danger with a header, but instead pinged it off the left post and into the goal for an own goal.
Santa Clara had some chances to cut into the lead. In the 57th minute, Jeff Cosgriff fired a shot to the upper left corner of the goal, but Perk leaped up and over to knock it out of bounds. Perk also tipped out another Cosgriff shot in the 70th minute and made a save in the 89th minute on a shot by Connor Mitchell in the box after a free kick.
UCLA improves to 2-3-1, while Santa Clara dropps to 1-4-1.
The Bruins next face San Diego on the road on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm before returning home to host Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2:30 pm.