Men's Soccer Drops 2-1 Decision To OSU

Oct. 22, 2000

Corvallis, OR - The seventh-ranked UCLA men's soccer team dropped its third consecutive match, falling to Oregon State, 2-1, in Corvallis.

Scoring began early in the game when, in the third minute of play, Oregon State's Aaron McHardy headed in a rebounded shot by Ryan Smith. But the Bruins scored the equalizer three minutes later, with redshirt sophomore Chadd Davis recording his first career goal off a McKinley Tennyson Jr. assist.

The two teams held even for most of the game until the 76th minute, when a Justin Kirk cross found Josh Elbaum's head for the Beavers' game-winning goal.

The Bruins were playing without their senior co-captains, defender Ryan Lee (hamstring injury) and midfielder Shaun Tsakiris (yellow card accumulation). In addition, another UCLA senior starter, midfielder Caleb Westbay, did not start and played limited minutes due to a strained knee, and freshman forward Adolfo Gregorio suffered an ankle injury during the game.

'This is definitely a learning period in the season for us,' said UCLA head coach Todd Salda�a. 'We haven't played that poorly, we've just gotten punished for the one or two big mistakes we've made in each game.'

UCLA drops to 9-4-0, 1-4-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, while Oregon State improves to 7-7-1, 1-3-1 in the Pac-10. The Bruins next play on Thursday, Oct. 26 at Cal State Fullerton before returning home to face Portland on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2:00 pm in the Pacific Soccer Challenge.

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