Men's Soccer Extends Winning Streak To 12 Games In 1-0 Win Over Cal
Oct. 26, 2003
Berkeley, CA - UCLA won its 12th consecutive game Sunday afternoon, defeating Pac-10 rival California, 1-0, in Berkeley to move to 14-1-0 overall and 7-0-0 in the Pac-10. Cal drops to 7-7-2, 3-3-2. Bruin freshman defender Kiel McClung scored in the 11th minute to account for the game's only score.
McClung's goal came about when Cal goalkeeper Mike Oseguera saved a header In what was a very well played contest, both teams came out tentative in the first ten minutes. As familiar as the two rivals are with each other, the feeling out process didn't last long. UCLA struck in the 11th minute when a Mike Oseguera saved header went off the crossbar and was not cleared. McClung got to the rebound and knocked in an easy goal, his third of the year.
The game was up and down the field throughout with both teams moving through midfield into enemy territory with ease. UCLA had the next best opportunity when leading Pac-10 scorer Matt Taylor found himself in space behind the Cal defense. He sent a booming shot across goal only to be denied by the crossbar. This time Cal did clear. Cal countered when substitute Alex Martinez almost connected on the other end of a cross. His flick in front of net went over the goal.
Cal pressured in the second half to get the equalizer, but the Bruin defense stood firm and allowed just one shot on goal in the half. Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells only had to make two saves on the day after facing 10 shots. Oseguera, meanwhile, was busy with seven saves on UCLA's 16 shots.
UCLA returns home to host 16th-ranked Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 pm.