UCLA Moves Into Sole Possession Of First Place In Pac-10 After 2-0 Win Over Washington
Oct. 24, 2008
In a battle between Pac-10 leaders UCLA and Washington in Seattle, the Bruins emerged victorious by a 2-0 count and secured sole possession of first place with the victory. Maxwell Griffin and Fernando Monge provided the offense off the bench, and goalkeeper Brian Perk and the Bruin defense recorded the team's third consecutive shutout. The win was UCLA's second in as many weeks over Washington. The Bruins won by a similar 2-0 margin in Los Angeles last Friday.
The Bruins struck first on just their second shot of the game at 27:18. Just 10 minutes after subbing into the game, Griffin came up big, firing a 10-yard shot to the far post ¬ for his seventh goal of the year. UCLA's second goal also came from a newly-inserted substitute. Seattle native Monge made his homecoming a memorable one, recording his first collegiate goal in the 73rd minute. Jason Leopoldo set the goal up with a pass into the box to Kyle Nakazawa, who knocked the ball to Monge in front of the goal.
The Huskies outshot the Bruins 16-8 but could not capitalize. Josh Swett sent a shot off the left post in the 58th minute, and freshman forward Brent Richards fired a shot point-blank off Perk¹s chest in the 64th minute. Perk made a total of four saves in the game.
UCLA's record improves to 6-4-5 overall and 4-1-1 in the Pac-10. The Bruins, who are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 games, will next play at Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 pm. Washington falls to 8-5-1 and 3-2-1 in the conference.