Late Goal Lifts No. 5 UCLA Over Huskies
Nov. 8, 2009
SEATTLE - Husky sophomore Jamie Finch scored his first career goal just five minutes into the match, but the No. 5 UCLA Bruins came back with two unanswered goals, including the game-winner in the 82nd minute, to escape with a 2-1 victory on Sunday at Drake Stadium.
The loss drops UW to 5-6-6 overall and 2-2-5 in Pac-10 play heading into their final game of the regular season next week. UCLA improved to 10-3-3 overall and 5-1-3 in Pac-10 with the win Sunday giving them the Pac-10 title.
The Huskies looked as if they were headed to a second overtime battle with the Bruins after the teams tied 1-1 earlier this season in Seattle.
Finch got the Huskies on the board early for the second-straight game, lining up a free kick in the sixth minute and curling it in from just outside the box to give UW the early lead.
The Huskies would hold that lead until UCLA superstar Kyle Nakazawa struck in the 21st minute for his 10th goal of the season, taking a cross from David Estrada that bounced around and was one-timed past Husky goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins for the equalizer.
The game remained scoreless over the next 60 minutes until the Bruins tallied the game-winner in the 82nd minute. This time, it was Estrada who ran up on a ball rattling around the box and fired the ball into the back of the net to put the game away.
Hawkins made six saves in the match as UCLA outshot the Huskies 14-10, including 7-1 in the second half after the Huskies held a 9-7 advantage over the first 45 minutes. Matt Van Houten led UW with three shots while Brent Richards and Casey Cunningham had two each. Brian Perk made five saves for UCLA.
'It was a tough loss but we have to take our hats off to UCLA. Both teams were showing fatigue from Friday's game but one thing that never gets tired is the ball and they passed it around very effectively and made us chase it and made it hard work for us,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We started the game very well with the great free kick from Jamie but UCLA came back and surged a bit and leveled the score and it was even pretty much for most of the game. Late in the second period it was hard for us to cope with them keeping possession in our defensive half and they finally worked their way through with a nifty move. You can see why they're champs. They're a tough team and individually talented.'
With one game remaining, the Huskies still have a shot at an NCAA postseason berth after winning a big game Friday, 2-0, over No. 25 San Diego State.
'Coming down here and splitting in Southern California is by no means a sign of failure. It's only our second conference loss so we are very dialed in for getting a result against Oregon State,' Wurzberger said. 'With a .500 record, we could still be selected for the tournament. We'll have a great week of practice and make sure we give a great effort against Oregon State and put ourselves in position to get picked.'
The Huskies will close out the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. against Oregon State when they will honor their six seniors.
Pac-10 Men's Soccer
UCLA 2, Washington 1
Drake Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.
Scoring - UW, Jamie Finch (unassisted), 5:26. 2, UCLA, Kyle Nakazawa (David Estrada), 20:48. 3, UCLA, David Estrada (Michael Stephens, Kyle Nakazawa), 81:50.
Shots - UW 10, UCLA 14
Corners - UW 1, UCLA 7
Saves - UW 6 (Rylan Hawkins), UCLA 5 (Brian Perk).
Fouls - UW 7, UCLA 8
Offsides - UW 1, UCLA 1
Attendance - 1407