Men's Soccer Defeats Oregon State, 2-1
Oct. 3, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. - The UCLA men's soccer team opened Pac-10 play with a 2-1 road victory over Oregon State Friday afternoon at Lorenz Field. A 71st minute penalty kick by Adolfo Gregorio secured the Bruins' victory.
UCLA (7-1-0, 1-0-0) got off to an early lead in the third minute when a free kick from Gregorio found an open Dru Hoshimiya 25 yards out. Hoshimiya sent the ball past a diving Beaver goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer for his second goal of the season.
The Beavers (6-4-0, 0-1-0) came out firing in the second half and in the 56th minute tied the game at 1-1. Ross Duncan struck a free kick from 40 yards out that curved into the left upper corner of the goal.
But UCLA rebounded to score the game-winner in the 71st minute when the Beavers were called for a penalty in the box. Gregorio took the penalty kick for the Bruins and sent a hard low shot to the left side. Billmeyer guessed right and got a piece of the ball, but it hit the crossbar and back into the net.
The Beavers had one more good chance to tie the game when Alan Gordon challenged Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells on a cross from the left side. Wells lost control of the ball, and Duncan was there to put it in the back of the net, but the referee called a foul on Gordon, thus disallowing the goal.
The goal scored against Wells was only his fourth goal given up this season in eight games. It was only the third game that he has not shutout his opponent.
UCLA wraps up its first conference road swing with a match against 13th-ranked Washington on Sunday, Oct. 5.
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