No. 7 UCLA Routs San Diego State, 7-0
Sept. 29, 2002
Los Angeles, CA - Behind a hat trick by senior forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, CA/Santa Margarita HS), the seventh-ranked UCLA men's soccer team routed San Diego State, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at Frank W. Marshall Field.
Late-comers to the game missed out on history. Just 16 seconds into the contest, Pierce booted in a Matt Taylor cross to score the fastest goal ever by a UCLA player and the fifth-fastest goal in NCAA Division I history.
Pierce and Taylor hooked up again in the 29th minute, with Pierce sending a long pass to Taylor for a breakaway opportunity. Taylor's shot beat San Diego State goalkeeper Brian Barnes to make the score 2-0.
Pierce's work was far from over. At the 54:36 mark, he fired a shot from 20 yards out that hit post and went in, and then at 60:32, he hit a rocket past Barnes from 16 yards out for his first career hat trick and the first hat trick by a UCLA player since McKinley Tennyson Jr. in 2000.
UCLA (5-1-0) outshot San Diego State (2-5-1) by a 20-4 count. The Aztecs' best scoring opportunity came at 44:12, when Blake Perry sent a hard shot into the goal area that Bruin keeper Zach Wells made a nice stop on. Wells had three saves in the contest, while Barnes had five.
Said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald, 'The guys were feeling very badly from our loss to LMU (last Sunday), and unfortunately the only time you can get rid of the pain is to play, and we had to wait a week to play. I was happy to see them come out quickly. Everyone contributed and played a great team game. Anytime you score seven goals, it's very difficult.'
The Bruins will travel to New Jersey next weekend to participate in the Rutgers Tournament against No. 18 Rutgers and No. 2 St. John's.
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