Huskies Fall To UCLA, 2-0
Oct. 24, 2008
SEATTLE - Despite a sizeable shot advantage, Washington men's soccer suffered a tough 2-0 defeat at the hands of UCLA in a battle of Pac-10 leaders at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.
The win gave UCLA (6-4-5, 4-1-1 Pac-10) sole possession of first place in the conference standings, as Washington (8-5-1, 3-2-1 Pac-10) fell back into second-place. The Huskies outshot the Bruins 16-8, including 10 shots in the second-half, but were unable to find the back of the net. UCLA used timely goals from reserves Maxwell Griffin and Fernando Monge in the 28th and 73rd minutes, respectively, to push ahead.
It was by the same 2-0 score that the Huskies fell to the Bruins in Westwood, Calif., exactly one week ago. UCLA is the only team to shutout Washington this season, now twice. The Huskies played their first full game without their senior co-captain George John who is out 3-4 weeks after knee surgery on Wednesday. The loss also snapped Washington's seven-game unbeaten streak at home dating back to last year.
'I feel sorry for our team because I really thought they gave everything they could,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We went chapter and verse to the game plan, being aggressive and putting the ball behind them. We outshot them almost 2-1. Our youth showed a little bit up front and UCLA's experience showed a little on their moments. It's the game that we play. You can have all the possession and lots of chances, but if you don't score and the opposition breaks against the run of play, has the quality to finish their chances, you lose. I can't fault the guys for the effort, that's for sure.'
The Huskies had excellent chances to score in both halves and dominated possession for a great deal of the second-half. Senior midfielder Josh Swett nailed a shot off the left post in the 58th minute and freshman forward Brent Richards fired a shot point-blank off UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk's chest in the 64th minute.
Richards just missed what could have been the first goal of the match in the 24th minute, slotting a shot just left of the far post after receiving a through pass from junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz.
But it ended up to be the Bruins to score first on just their second shot of the game at 27:18. Griffin came up big for UCLA, firing a 10-yard shot to the far post - his seventh of the year - just 10 minutes after subbing into the game.
It was second-half substitute - Monge - who accounted for the Bruins' second goal in the 73rd minute. Midfielder Jason Leopoldo served a pass into the box which found midfielder Kyle Nakazawa who knocked the ball to Monge in front of the goal.
Richards ended up leading the Husky attack with six shots, while Swett added three. UW goalkeeper Stephen Fung had two saves and allowed the two goals. Perk grabbed four saves for UCLA.
The Huskies will look to return to their winning ways when they host San Diego State, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. UW defeated the Aztecs, 2-1, in overtime last Sunday in San Diego.
NCAA Men's Soccer
UCLA 2, Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UCLA, Maxwell Griffin (Michael Stephens, Zach Zerenner), 27:18. 2, UCLA, Fernando Monge (Kyle Nakazawa, Jason Leopoldo), 72:42.
Shots - UW 16, UCLA 8
Corners - UW 3, UCLA 3
Saves - UW 2 (Stephen Fung), UCLA 4 (Brian Perk)
Fouls - UW 9, UCLA 13
Attendance - 1204