Men's Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision To UC Irvine

Sept. 17, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. - The seventh-ranked UCLA men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to UC Irvine in a make-up game at UCLA's Frank W. Marshall Field.

In the ninth minute, UC Irvine senior Saul Wolf took a free kick that rebounded off UCLA defenders and fired it into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. It would prove to be all the Anteaters would need.

Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells (Costa Mesa, Calif.) made seven saves in the contest. Anteater goalkeeper C.J. Cooper made zero while earning his third consecutive shutout.

UCLA drops to 2-2-1 on the season. UC Irvine remains undefeated at 3-0-1. The victory was the Anteaters' first against UCLA since 1994.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday, Sept. 16 but was moved to the following day due to the terrorist attacks last week.

'Unfortunately, with all the time between our last game (UCLA last played on Sept. 9), we lost the winning momentum that was with us in San Francisco,' said UCLA head coach Todd Saldana. 'We started slowly today and paid the price with a fairly early goal. UCI battled hard and defended well to keep us from equalizing the score. Hopefully, this game can be an early-season lesson in how we must approach all of our matches in the future.'

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