UCLA Upsets No. 6 California In Overtime, 3-2
Oct. 10, 2008
UCLA scored its biggest win of the season on Friday afternoon, defeating sixth-ranked California, 3-2 in overtime in Berkeley, CA. Junior midfielder Michael Stephens scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute on a penalty kick after a foul in the box.
The Bruins scored the game's first goal in the 36th minute. After Zack Zerrenner hit a long ball into the box, Brad Rusin flicked it to David Estrada over the defense, and Estrada beat Cal All-American goalkeeper Stefan Frei for his second goal of the season. Maxwell Griffin doubled UCLA's lead in the 60th minute when he blasted a shot off a blocked pass.
Cal came back to score two unanswered goals to tie. Just three minutes after Griffin's goal, Demitrius Omphroy scored on a free kick that went just past the outstretched Brian Perk in the top corner of the goal. Hector Jimenez tied the game in the 78th minute after he took a shot that was blocked by a Bruin defender and grabbed out of the air by Perk. However, Perk fell backwards into the goal, and the referees ruled that the ball had crossed the goal line.
In the extra time, UCLA put an end to the game just two and a half minutes in, earning a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Stephens scored his fourth penalty kick goal in as many attempts to claim the victory for the Bruins.
Both Perk and Frei finished the game with five saves.
The win was UCLA's first since Sept. 20 after tying in four consecutive games. The Bruins are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak and own a 3-3-5 overall record and 1-0-1 Pac-10 mark. California drops to 6-2-3, 1-1-1 in the Pac-10.
UCLA finishes off the road trip with a game at Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 pm. The game will be video broadcast live on gostanford.com.