UCLA Shuts Out No. 23 Washington, 2-0
Oct. 17, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA shut out Pac-10 leader and 23rd-ranked Washington, 2-0, on Friday evening to put the Bruins in a tie with the Huskies for first place in the conference with a 2-1-1 Pac-10 record. A pair of first-half goals by Jason Leopoldo and Prince Lapnet provided all the scoring UCLA would need as goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded his third shutout of the season.
The Bruins played perhaps their best defense of the season, allowing just six shots, only three on goal. UCLA held Washington to only two shots in the decisive first half, both off-target shots by Dylan Tucker-Gangnes. The Bruins were efficient with their five first-half shots, with four shots being on goal. Leopoldo put UCLA ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute. Michael Stephens started the play with a pass to Leopoldo, who then executed a nice give-and-go with David Estrada in the box. After receiving Estrada's pass, Leopoldo shot past Stephen Fung into the right corner for his second goal of the year at the 17:07 mark.
Leopoldo and Stephens were key figures in the Bruins' second goal at 25:20. Stephens sent a corner kick to Leopoldo into the center, and Leopoldo lobbed a pass to Lapnet, who was alone at the left post and easily headed the ball in for his second goal in as many games.
UCLA had a chance to increase its lead in the 66th minute with a three-shot barrage that Fung turned away. Estrada had a shot that Fung got a hand on. Fung also made a stop on Lapnet's rebound shot, and Estrada had another shot on that rebound attempt, missing just wide. Washington's best scoring chance came in the 88th minute, with Brent Richards taking a point-blank shot at the left post that was turned away by Perk. The Bruin keeper finished the game with three saves, while Fung made five.
With the win, UCLA improves its record to 4-4-5, 2-1-1 in the Pac-10. Washington, whose six-game unbeaten streak came to an end, falls to 7-4-1, 2-1-1. The Bruins and Huskies are currently tied for first in the Pac-10 standings with seven points. UCLA continues Pac-10 play on Sunday with a 1 pm game at Drake Stadium against Oregon State, which defeated second-place San Diego State earlier in the day, 2-1.