No. 6 UCLA Snaps No. 13 Cal's Winning Streak, 2-1
Oct. 20, 2002
The California men's soccer team, ranked No. 13 by Soccer America, took its first Pac-10 loss of the season with a 2-1 loss to No. 6 UCLA (Soccer America) Sunday afternoon at Frank. W. Marshall Field. The defeat ended the Bears' nine-game winning streak, the most consecutive wins in the all-time Cal record book. The Golden Bears fall to 10-3-1 (3-1 Pac-10) as the Bruins improve to 8-1-2 (3-0 Pac-10)
First-half goals by Aaron Lopez and Matt Taylor gave the Bruins the edge over the Golden Bears.UCLA's Aaron Lopez ended a scoreless tie in the 21st minute. Bruin defender Scot Thompson got the play started with a close-range shot that was saved by Cal goalkeeper Josh Saunders. However, the rebound went to Lopez, who finished for his first goal of the season.
Cal was quick to push for the equalizer. In the 25th minute, sophomore Mike Munoz blasted a hard shot to the left side of the goal, but UCLA keeper Zach Wells made a nice diving save. The Golden Bears broke through in the 40th minute when an Angel Quintero pass found Carl Acosta in front of the goal. Acosta slammed a shot past into the right corner of the net for his fifth goal of the year.
The Bruins came back minutes later on a breakaway in the 44th minute. A Tim Pierce pass to Matt Taylor on the left side resulted in the game-winner for Taylor, his fifth goal and second game-winner of the year.
Cal tried valiantly to come back in the second half, particularly in the last 10 minutes of the game. In the 83rd minute, Munoz missed just wide on a shot, and in the 89th minute, sophomore Alex Martinez had two good looks at the goal but was denied by Bruin defender Jordan Harvey. UCLA's defense in the second half withstood six Cal shots and six corner kicks to keep the Bears off the boards.
'I'm extremely happy with the win,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'We played well enough to win and we scored two good goals. In a situation like this, playing two games in three days, it's a struggle fitness-wise. The guys showed a lot of character.'
Conference play continues for the Bears Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., hosting No. 1 Stanford (NSCAA) at Edwards Stadium.
Game Summary - #13 California vs. #6 UCLA 1st 2nd FCalifornia (10-3-1, 3-1-0) 1 0 1UCLA (8-1-2, 3-0-0) 2 0 2
Shots - Cal 10, UCLA 12Corner Kicks - Cal 8, UCLA 4Saves - Cal 1, UCLA 3Fouls - Cal 15, UCLA 15