UCLA, UC Irvine Tie 1-1 In Final Exhibition Contest
Aug. 29, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Preseason No. 19/9 UCLA and No. 15/16 UC Irvine played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday afternoon in the final exhibition contest before the 2009 season officially begins. The Bruins made a late comeback to send the game to overtime, with freshman Evan Raynr scoring off a Prince Lapnet cross in the 84th minute.
After a scoreless first half that saw both teams combine for just four shots, the Anteaters got on the board early in the second period, at the 47:56 mark, when Brett Berman collected a clearance at the top of the box and unleashed a hard shot into the upper left corner past Brian Perk.
The Bruins came alive in the final 20 minutes of regulation, with substitute Eder Arreola providing a spark on the left wing. In the 73rd minute, he had a shot that was sent out of bounds by UC Irvine goalkeeper Andrew Fontein. On the ensuing corner kick, Amobi Okugo took a shot that went off the crossbar. Less than a minute later, Arreola had another shot that was saved by Fontein. Lapnet, who re-entered the game in the 79th minute, also made an immediate impact, making a nice move to get open down the left wing and then sending a cross to the right side. The cross was deflected but bounced right back to him, and he sent another cross to the right side of the box, connecting with a wide-open Raynr, who slotted the ball into the back of the net for his first goal.
The teams played a single 10-minute sudden death overtime period, and the Bruins nearly ended it without breaking much of a sweat. Just 17 seconds into the overtime, Lapnet had a shot that had to be saved by Fontein. Lapnet also played a role in another goal-scoring opportunity at 93:06, sending a pass to Michael Stephens, whose close-range shot had to be saved by Fontein. A minute later, Okugo fired a shot that went wide. Irvine made a move late in overtime, forcing Bruin goalkeeper Brian Rowe to make two big saves, one at 16:34 on a Carlos Aguilar shot, and a fingertip save off Kevin Santora's shot at 18:09. In the closing seconds of the game, Anteater midfielder Gray Bailey sent in a shot that hit the crossbar.
'In the first half, we were very tired and lacked some energy. We trained hard throughout the week, so we knew they would be a little lethargic,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'Prince and Dakota (Collins) came in and did well and had some great energy, and Michael Stephens could have scored in the overtime on a pass from Prince.'
UCLA will kick off regular season play on Friday, Sept. 4 with a game at No. 1/8 Maryland. The Terrapins are the defending NCAA Champions.
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