UCLA, Oregon State Tie 1-1
Nov. 6, 2009
Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 10/5 UCLA and Oregon State battled to a 1-1 tie on Friday night, giving UCLA a one-point lead in the Pac-10 Conference standings. The Bruins rallied after Oregon State scored first, with sophomore forward Fernando Monge coming off the bench to tie the game late in the first half.
The Beavers were the first on the board. At 24:06, Travis Sanchez took a hard-angled shot from the left side that snuck through for his second goal of the season. Monge, with help from Amobi Okugo, equalized at 43:10. Okugo started the play by taking a hard shot that was saved by Oregon State goalkeeper Steve Spangler. Amidst a flurry of bodies in the box trying to get to the loose ball, Monge got a hold of the ball and kicked it past Spangler for the tying goal, his first of the season.
The second half of play had a flurry of action as both teams tried to get the go-ahead goal. In the 56th minute, the Bruins' Michael Roman had a good look in the box but couldn't get a shot off, instead passing to David Estrada, whose shot went wide. Danny Mwanga had a breakaway opportunity in the 62nd minute, but as he started to make a move at the top of the box, Okugo picked him to gain possession.
Spangler came up big for Oregon State late in the game. In the 75th minute, he made a big save on a Shawn Singh shot, and in the 81st minute, he stopped Michael Stephens on a penalty kick after Kyle Nakazawa was fouled in the box. Stephens shot to Spangler's right, and the Beaver goalkeeper made a diving stop to keep the game tied.
The Bruins outshot the Beavers in overtime, 6-2, but were unable to get one past Spangler, who had two overtime saves and six overall in the game. UCLA's goalkeeper Brian Perk had three saves, including one on a Mwanga free kick in the 105th minute.
UCLA's record is now 9-3-3, 4-1-3 in the Pac-10, while Oregon State is now 7-6-3, 3-4-1. The Bruins, who have a 14-13 lead in points over Stanford in the conference standings, will next host Washington on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 pm before wrapping up conference play on Saturday Nov. 14 at 7 pm against San Diego State.
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