No. 1 UCLA Outslugs California, 4-2, In Men's Soccer
Oct. 17, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - UCLA and California slugged it out in an entertaining goal-fest in front of 1,067 at Drake Stadium, with the Bruins coming out on top, 4-2. Senior forward Matt Taylor (Irvine, CA/Irvine HS) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and assisted on another, and senior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, CA/Hilmar HS) recorded three assists as the top-ranked Bruins (11-1-0, 4-0-0) notched their ninth consecutive victory.
It was a see-saw battle throughout the game, with Cal (5-6-2, 1-2-1) twice battling back from deficits to tie the game. UCLA struck first in the game, with Taylor scoring at 15:31. After taking a pass from Gregorio, Taylor drew California goalkeeper Mike Oseguera out of his box and then drove past him. After momentarily slipping on the dewy grass, Taylor recovered and nailed the shot to the far post for his 11th goal of the year.
Cal answered at 36:34 on an Eric Ebert goal. Garrett Terracciano took a close shot on goal that Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells put a hand on, but Ebert was there on the left side for the rebound.
Senior forward Cliff McKinley put UCLA ahead again at 50:29 with a shot from 10 yards out on the left side after a through ball from Taylor. Senior defender Dru Hoshimiya also was credited with an assist on the play.
Again, Cal answered back with the equalizer at 59:17. After a Bruin defensive miscue, Alex Martinez sent a pass to Carl Acosta, who fired in a shot that hit the left post and bounced in.
Less than two minutes later, however, Taylor put the Bruins ahead for good. After receiving a through ball from Gregorio, Taylor caught Oseguera playing up, shot around the goalkeeper from about 30 yards out and watched as the ball rolled into the empty net.
Sophomore defender Jordan Harvey gave UCLA some needed insurance at 68:50, scoring his first goal of the season from another Gregorio through ball.
Playing a 3-4-3 formation tonight, UCLA gave up its first goals at home in 2003 but at the same time upped its goal scoring total for the season to 32 while allowing just six. Wells made five saves in the contest, while Oseguera made three.
UCLA will next host Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 pm. The game will be televised on Oct. 20 at 4:30 pm PT by CSTV. It will also be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.