No. 8 Indiana Upsets No. 1 UCLA In NCAA Soccer Quarterfinals
Dec. 6, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - The top-seeded UCLA men's soccer team was upset by eighth-ranked Indiana in the NCAA Quarterfinals, 2-1, in front of 1,759 fans at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Down 1-0 after an 11th-minute goal by UCLA's Chad Barrett, the Hoosiers scored two unanswered goals to advance to the College Cup.
Barrett put UCLA up on the scoreboard first at 10:02, taking a through ball in the far corner from Adolfo Gregorio and sending it past Indiana keeper Jay Nolly. Indiana came right back, however, with John Michael Hayden scoring at 14:29 to equalize.
Indiana scored the game-winner at 77:50 when Jacob Peterson rocketed a shot off the post. Pat Yates collected the rebound and sent it into the empty net. In the first half, UCLA also had a shot by Gregorio go off the post but was unable to score.
UCLA made a furious push for the equalizer in the last 10 minutes of the game, Matt Taylor had a free kick from outside the box blocked, and with 12 seconds to play, Aaron Lopez had a shot go just wide.
A look at the stat sheet indicated an evenly-played game, with Indiana tallying 11 shots to UCLA's 10 and six corner kicks to UCLA's five. Each goalkeeper, Nolly and UCLA's Zach Wells, had three saves each.
'Sometimes the game is cruel,' said UCLA head coach Tom Fitzgerald. 'Sometimes you play well and lose, and other times you play poorly and win. Tonight I thought was a very good for both teams ... We weren't at our best, but I thought we played really well under the conditions. So many of our players were injured. The guys who did play did a great job.'
The result sends Indiana (15-3-5) into the College Cup for the 16th time and ends UCLA's season with a 20-2-1 record. The Bruins, which lost for the first time this season at home, recorded the third-most victories in school history, and Wells set a new school record for lowest goals against average in a season (0.52).
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