Bruins Earn Second-Straight Shutout With 3-0 Win Over Oregon State
Oct. 19, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA earned its second-straight shutout, downing Oregon State by a 3-0 score in front of 1,404 at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The Bruins received first-half goals from Michael Stephens and Prince Lapnet, and Kyle Nakazawa added a goal in the second half. UCLA goalkeepers Brian Perk and Brian Rowe combined to shut out the Beavers, with Perk making six saves.
Stephens continued his torrid play, recording his seventh goal of the year 17:56 into the game. Freshman Andy Rose started the play with a pass to Nakazawa, who passed to Stephens on the left. Playing just inside the box, Stephens lofted a shot over Oregon State goalkeeper Mike Miller to put UCLA ahead 1-0.
Lapnet found the back of the net for the third consecutive game in the 42nd minute. After taking a pass from Jason Leopoldo, Chris Cummings sent a cross into the box. Miller got a piece of the cross, but it deflected right to Lapnet, who shot into the far right corner for the 2-0 lead.
A 22-yard free kick bender by Nakazawa at 76:48 gave UCLA its third goal, and the Bruins preserved the shutout despite a late Oregon State attack. In the 80th minute, Oregon State's Josh Cameron ripped a shot towards the left corner, but Perk made a diving one-handed save to keep the Beavers off the board. The Bruins also denied the Beavers on six consecutive corner kicks, with Perk snaring the final one out of the air. Freshman defender Oscar Reyes also made an outstanding play in the 86th minute, clearing a shot by Danny Mwanga off the line.
The Bruins remain in a tie with Washington for first place in the Pac-10 Conference with 10 points and a 3-1-1 conference record. UCLA's overall record improves to 5-4-5 on the year, while Oregon State drops to 4-7-3 overall and 1-3-1 in the Pac-10. UCLA and Washington will face each other on Friday night in Seattle in a battle for first place.