UCLA Men's Soccer Team Wins NCAA Second Round Game Vs. LMU, 3-0

Nov. 23, 2004

Los Angeles, CA - The sixth-seeded UCLA men's soccer team earned its first victory in the NCAA Tournament, shutting out Loyola Marymount, 3-0, at Drake Stadium.

Midfielder Luke Mehring scored the first goal of the game off a header from a Chad Barrett corner kick at 33:57. The goal, his first of the season, turned out to be the game-winner.

'It was a good ball sent in by Chad and a good run from Luke,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'Luke is a good header of the ball and has a good nose for the ball. He made a good run and a good finish.'

Barrett assisted on UCLA's second goal at 72:29, sending a cross in to Mike Enfield, who finished the shot from five yards out. Midfielder Ryan Valdez finished the scoring at 82:03, taking a pass from Enfield just barely onside and chipping it over LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores.

Loyola Marymount had several excellent scoring opportunities early in the game. At 24:26, Bobby Burling missed wide right on a one-on-one opportunity, At 30:30, UCLA goalkeeper Eric Reed made a point blank save on a hard shot from two yards out by Nick Blanco. Less than a minute later, Blanco intercepted a pass from Reed and had a one-on-one opportunity with Reed on his heels, but Blanco's shot went wide.

UCLA held a slim 11-10 shot advantage over the Lions, and each keeper made four saves.

This is the third time in the last four years that UCLA has knocked LMU out in the playoffs. The Bruins (14-3-2) advance to the third round, where they will host No. 11 seed St. John's on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 pm. LMU ends it season with an 11-8-3 record.

'St. John's is as tough a third round game as you have,' said Salcedo. 'They come in with a lot of confidence after having won 3-1 in their game today. They will battle us tooth and nail.'