Second-Half Surge Gives Bruins 4-1 Season-Opening Victory Over Boston
Aug. 30, 2002
Fullerton, Calif. - UCLA scored three second-half goals to overtake Boston University, 4-1, in the 2002 season opener at the Cal State Fullerton Soccer Town Classic. Junior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, Calif.) had a hand in each of the three goals, scoring two and assisting on the other.
Senior team captain Ryan Futagaki (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute after forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, Calif.) was taken down in the penalty area. The Bruins maintained their 1-0 lead until the 60th minute, when the Terriers' Jamie Johnson knocked in a hard shot from 18 yards out.
UCLA took over from that point on, scoring three goals in a 10-minute span. Mike Enfield (Ventura, Calif.) set up the first second-half goal in the 70th minute with a pass to Ty Maurin (Chino, Calif.). Maurin fed Gregorio with a short cross into the box, and Gregorio headed the ball into the net for the game-winner. Gregorio assisted on UCLA's next goal in the 76th minute, sending a cross to Pierce, who chipped it in at the far post. Just three minutes later, Gregorio closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal to the low far post.
'We saw a lot of players gain confidence in their first game, and it is the type of game you always want to open the season with - not only did we get a win, but we did a lot of good things,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald, who earned his first victory at UCLA. 'We got a chance to look at some things today, and then we move on to Sunday's game and hopefully continue to do the good things we did tonight.'
The Bruins (1-0) will next take on Florida International on the second day of the Cal State Fullerton Soccer Town Classic on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 5:00 pm.