#7 UCLA Battles To 2-2 Tie Against #3 Virginia

Sept. 2, 2001

Charlottesville, Va. - The seventh-ranked UCLA men's soccer team battled third-ranked Virginia to a 2-2 tie in the final match of the 2001 Virginia Soccer Classic in front of 2,592 spectators at Klöckner Stadium this afternoon. Each team enjoyed a one-goal lead in regulation before playing through two scoreless overtime periods.

Virginia jumped on the scoreboard first and took a 1-0 lead when Kyle Martino scored on a free-kick at 25:50. Martino fired a shot from 25 yards out that appeared to be directed to teammate Jonathan Cole for a cross, but Cole let the ball pass right behind the heel of his foot, and the shot beat UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells to the right corner of the net for the first goal of the game.

The Bruins knotted the contest at 1-1 just over 15 minutes later at the 41:03 mark when Scot Thompson headed in a cross just over the top of the outstretched arms of UVa goalkeeper David Comfort on a cross off a free-kick sent by teammate Ryan Futagaki. The goal was Thompson's first goal of the season and his eighth career goal. The two teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.

UCLA took its first lead of the game at the 55:25 mark of the contest when Tim Pierce ran out on a breakaway, fired a shot that was deflected by the Cavaliers' Comfort, then gathered the rebounded shot and headed the ball into the goal to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

Trailing by a goal, Virginia's Alecko Eskandarian scored the equalizer at 70:52 after he weaved his way through the UCLA defense and then fired a one-timer from 27 yards out that found nothing but the right side of the Bruins' goal to tie the game at 2-2, a score that would stand for the duration of the game.

Wells collected a career-high 10 saves in goal, the fifth-best single-game performance in school history. Comfort recorded five for Virginia.

With the tie, Virginia's record moves to 1-0-1 overall, while UCLA's record improves to 0-1-1 on the season. UCLA finished in third place in the tournament, behind first-place Maryland and second-place Virginia. Liberty placed fourth.

Bruin sophomores Nelson Akwari and Cliff McKinley were selected to the all-tournament team.

The Bruins will return to action on Friday, September 7th vs. San Francisco at the USF diadora Classic at 7:00 pm.

2001 Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team
Philip Salyer, Maryland (MVP)
A.J. Herrera, Maryland
Beckett Hollenbach, Maryland
Scott Buete, Maryland
Marshall Leonard, Virginia
Jonathan Cole, Virginia
Alecko Eskandarian, Virginia
Nelson Akwari, UCLA
Cliff McKinley, UCLA
Dean Short, Liberty
Ben Strawbridge, Liberty

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