UCLA Earns Second Consecutive Shutout In 2-0 Win Over Stanford
Oct. 18, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - No. 4/2 UCLA captured its second straight shutout with a 2-0 win over No. 18/19 Stanford on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,154 fans at Drake Stadium. The win increased the Bruins' unbeaten streak to nine games. Freshman Chandler Hoffman and senior Sean Alvarado each had a goal, and Michael Stephens had two assists for UCLA, which improved its record to 8-1-2, 3-0-2 in the Pac-10. Stanford's record dropped to 8-3-1, 2-2-1 in the Pac-10.
It was a defensive struggle for most of the game, as the two teams combined for just four shots in the first half and for 15 overall. But UCLA was advantageous with its opportunities. Hoffman broke through first at 32:22. After receiving a pass from Stephens just inside the box, Hoffman whizzed a right-footed shot past Stanford goalkeeper John Moore. The goal was Hoffman's fourth of the year.
Alvarado doubled the Bruins' lead at 74:53. After a short corner kick, Stephens sent the ball into the box to Singh, who crossed to Alvarado at the right post. Alvarado controlled the ball with his knee and then headed it into the goal for his second score of the season.
UCLA senior goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded the shutout, his second consecutive and third in six games played this year. In his three games back since returning to Westwood from the FIFA U-20 World Cup, he has posted a 0.38 goals against average with two shutouts. His overall season goals against average is 0.54.
At the halfway point in the Pac-10 season, the Bruins currently sit in first place with 11 points, ahead of second-place Stanford, which has seven points. UCLA will once again play the Bay Area teams next week, this time up north, travelling to California for a Friday afternoon matchup before playing Stanford again on Sunday.