UCLA, Top-Ranked St. John's Play To Scoreless Tie
Oct. 6, 2002
Piscataway, NJ - The sixth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team shut out top-ranked St. John's and earned a hard-fought 0-0 tie in the second day of the Rutgers Classic in Piscataway, NJ. The Bruins survived playing a man down for 48 minutes and kept the Red Storm off the scoreboards.
St. John's first scoring chance came in the 17th minute, when Matia Damiani's header from the box went high. The Bruins came right back in the 29th minute, with senior forward Tim Pierce making a run and taking a shot from 18 yards out that goalkeeper Bill Gaudette saved. Damiani nearly put in another header in the 31st minute, but a defensive team save prevented the goal. Rich Bradley picked up a loose ball in the box, and his shot went wide. Seconds later, Bradley again raced toward a loose ball, but UCLA keeper Zach Wells dove to the ground and prevented a shot.
The Bruins appeared ready to strike first again in the second half when Adolfo Gregorio played a ball up near the goal and tried to find Pierce in the box, but the play was broken up. The Red Storm appeared to get a big break in the 62nd minute when UCLA defender Aaron Lopez was given a red card. In the 68th minute, Wells dove to his right to save a Chris Corcoran shot from 25 yards out, and in the 80th minute, Wells made another save on a Bradley shot.
St. John's took four shots in the overtime period but could not convert. In the first overtime period, Bradley nearly flicked a header in for a goal, but his shot was just high. In the second overtime period, Bradley nearly connected on a header again, and with 19 seconds left in the game, Andre Schmid dribbled past a defender, and his shot was saved to end the final threat.
UCLA was outshot in the game, 17-7, but only four of St. John's shots were on goal. Playing a defensive game after the red card, UCLA did not have any shots in the second half and overtime periods.
Wells earned the shutout, his second solo shutout of the season. He had four saves on the day. St. John's defense recorded its fourth-straight shutout and ninth of the season.
Bruin juniors Gregorio and Tony Lawson were selected to the All-Tournament team.