Men's Soccer Falls to UCLA in OT

Nov. 11, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA rallied in the final three minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime and then clinched the victory in the waning minutes of the extra period as the unranked Bruins upset the 10th-ranked Washington men's soccer team, 3-2, in front of 631 fans in Pac-10 action at Mitchell Field. It was the first victory for UCLA over Washington since a 1997 NCAA Tournament win that ended the Huskies' season in Los Angeles.

Defending Pac-10 champion Washington drops to 12-4-0 overall and 3-3-0 in conference play. UCLA, unbeaten in its last six games, improves to 10-6-4, 5-2-1. It was the fourth overtime match in the last five games for the Bruins, who were playing their final regular season contest.

Washington took an early lead in the game when senior co-captain Bryn Ritchie scored at 12:20 into the match. UCLA's Tim Pierce came off the bench in the 28th minute and scored the equalizer just one minute later, following through on a Matt Taylor shot that was blocked by Husky goalkeeper Chad Olsen.

The Huskies regained the lead when Seth Marsh, who notched the game-winner against Portland Friday night, scored off a free kick at 38:06. It was a UCLA free kick that set up the second equalizer. Adolfo Gregorio took the kick and lofted it to Taylor in the left corner of the goal box. With his back to the goal, Taylor unleashed a bicycle kick past Olsen to tie the game at 87:34 and send it to overtime.

In the 12th minute of overtime, a Tony Lawson cross found Cliff McKinley in the right corner of the box, and McKinley finished with the golden goal.

'You couldn't ask for anything more than to be leading with three minutes left,' said Husky coach Dean Wurzberger. 'We had a chance to win the game. UCLA had a couple dangerous chances before they scored. Clearly we were dead on our feet in terms of energy. We had a lot taken out of us Friday (at home against Portland). We needed to be strong right to the 90th minute and we weren't able to do that. You pay the price for that. They almost walked through us for the third goal, the game-winner. As soon as they caught equalizer, it lit a fire under them and we struggled to stay with them.'

Washington returns home for its final two regular season games next weekend, hosting Stanford at 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 16 and California at 1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 18. The Huskies will be seeking retribution for losses suffered to both schools on the road. Washington fell, 1-0, at California back on Oct. 26 and 4-1 at Stanford Oct. 28. The California match Sunday also features the Husky Alumni Game at 9:30 a.m. at the Husky Soccer Field.

The men's NCAA Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for 12 noon PT, Mon., Nov. 13.

College Men's Soccer
(No. 10) Washington at UCLA
Marshall Field, Los Angeles, Calif.

Washington 2-0-0 -- 2
UCLA 1-1-1 -- 3

1, UW, Bryn Ritchie (Billy Sleeth), 12:20.
2, UCLA, Tim Pierce (Matt Taylor), 29:49.
3, UW, Seth Marsh (C.J. Klaas, Zach Kingsley), 38:06.
4, Matt Taylor (Adolfo Gregorio), 87:34.
5, UCLA, Cliff McKinley (Tony Lawson), 101:08.

Shots -- UCLA 20, UW 12.
Corner Kicks - UCLA 10, UW 8.
Saves - UW 7, UCLA 5.
Fouls - UCLA 22, UW 17.
Cautions - UW 2 (Joe Birklid, Bryn Ritchie), UCLA 0.
Attendance - 631.

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