Bruins Advance to College Cup With 7-1 Romp Over Penn State

Dec. 7, 2002

UCLA advanced to the 2002 Men's College Cup on Saturday evening in Westwood, recording a 7-1 victory over Penn State. Junior forward Matt Taylor (Irvine, CA) was involved in five of UCLA's six second-half goals with three goals and two assists. The third-seeded Bruins advance to face second-seeded Maryland on Friday, Dec. 13, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX. The match will be played at either 2 pm or 5 pm Pacific Time.

The early moments of the match were dominated by the Nittany Lions, who scored on their first shot. In the fourth minute, Pasi Karppinen dribbled down the left side and passed to Chad Severs, who centered the ball to David Walters for a clean shot in the center of the box, beating UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells.

PSU held the 1-0 lead into the 26th minute, when Cliff McKinley took a breakaway into the box and was tripped by Penn State goalkeeper Ryan Sickman. Sickman was red carded for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Backup goalkeeper Ryan Moate entered the game for Penn State and immediately faced a penalty shot taken by Adolfo Gregorio. Gregorio hit the right side of the net to tie the game at 25:06.

The hard-fought match remained tied until six minutes into the second half, when Tim Pierce beat Moate when the Penn State keeper came out to challenge at the 51:33 mark. From there, the floodgates opened as the Bruins attacked the short-handed Lions.

Pierce would score again at 56:01, this time on a two-on-one breakaway with Gregorio. From there, Taylor took over, scoring at 75:25 and 80:45 before Frazelle put the Bruins on the board for the sixth time with a goal at 85:15. Taylor completed his first career hat trick at 87:03, the icing on the cake for UCLA in the 7-1 win.

'I'm very excited obviously on the win,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'It's a credit not only to the guys that scored, but also to all 28 guys on the roster. When you believe in yourself you can fulfill your objectives. Our first objective was to win the Pac-10 Championship and our next objective was to go to the College Cup.'

UCLA's seven goals were the most it has ever scored in a playoff match. The Bruins also turned in an impressive defensive effort, as they held Penn State's leading goal scorer, Chad Severs (17 goals in 2002), without a shot and limited the Nittany Lions to four shots in the match and only one after halftime.

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