UCLA, Cal Battle To 0-0 Tie
Oct. 31, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - Pac-10 leader and 23rd-ranked UCLA and eighth-ranked California played to a 0-0 tie on Friday night at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The two teams combined for 43 shots (23 by Cal and 20 by UCLA) but could not break through for a score.
The first half was an evenly-matched affair, with Cal owning a slight shot advantage, 6-5. Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk made three saves in the half, while Cal's Stefan Frei had one save off a Jason Leopoldo shot in front of the box in the 35th minute. Frei also had another stop of what could have been an own goal when a clearance attempt of a Maxwell Griffin cross nearly went into the back of the net in the 19th minute.
In the 47th minute, Estrada had a shot in the box but was stopped by Frei. Leopoldo also had a shot saved by Frei in the 50th minute. The Bruin defense made a series of big plays as well. In the 59th minute, the defense cleared a Pat Marion shot off the line. In the 63rd minute, Perk made a nice diving save off a Marion shot, and in the 65th minute, Cummings blocked a hard shot by Anthony Avalos.
The Bruins pressed hard for the go-ahead goal late in regulation. In the 86th minute, Fernando Monge missed just wide from the right side, and in the 88th minute, Michael Stephens fired a rocket from the top of the box that Frei skied high to fingertip over the goal.
In the first overtime, Cal had the first scoring opportunity in the 93rd minute, when Davis Paul had a shot that hit the right post. The rebound came out to Hector Jimenez, whose shot was blocked. On the ensuing counter-attack, Leopoldo fired a shot that sailed high. UCLA had another scoring chance in the 96th minute. Perk started the play with an outlet pass to Stephens up the middle. Stephens sent a pass to Monge on the right, but the freshman sent his shot just wide left. Two minutes later, Servando Carrasco missed high for Cal. In the 99th minute, Cal's Andrew Wiedeman got ahead of the defense and aimed for goal with a hard shot, but Perk smothered the shot to make a game-saving save.
The second overtime saw more offense from both teams. The Bruins took five shots in the period, but three were saved by Frei. Cal had two shots, including one by Jacob Wilson in front of the goal that missed wide left.
Both Perk and Frei finished with seven saves in the shutout, which was the sixth for both goalkeepers. UCLA has now posted shutouts in five straight games and has not allowed a goal in 479 consecutive minutes.
The Bruins (7-4-6) remain atop the Pac-10 Conference with a 5-1-2 conference record. Cal moves to 7-2-5, 2-1-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA will next host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 pm.
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