UCLA Men's Soccer Team Ends Season After 2-1 Loss To St. John's
Nov. 27, 2004
Los Angeles, CA - The sixth-seeded UCLA men's soccer team's hopes of playing in the first College Cup ever played in Southern California ended on the wet Drake Stadium field after a 2-1 loss to St. John's in the third round.
St. John's took a 2-0 lead after goals from Andre Schmid at 40:50 and Ryan Kelly at 59:45. Schmid scored on a shot from the top of the box after a takeaway by Jeff Carroll near midfield. Kelly's goal came on a free kick from 25 yards out after Simone Salinno was fouled.
Down two goals, the Bruin offense came to life in the final 30 minutes, notching eight of their 12 shots in the game during the last 23 minutes of the game. The first of those shots, by Kamani Hill, went just wide. A header from Chad Barrett also went wide, but then senior Mike Enfield broke through with his 13th goal of the season at 72:29, a blast from the center-right from 12 yards out into the lower right corner of the goal. Hill was credited with the assist.
Red Storm goalkeeper Bill Gaudette came up huge several times in the final minutes to keep UCLA from equalizing, saving shots by Barrett with 16:49 and 10:41 to play, and stopping another shot by Hill with 8:22 left on the clock.
UCLA's best chance to tie the match came at 80:10 when Enfield slipped through the Red Storm defense on a breakaway. Making a run down the left sideline, Enfield made a move that beat Gaudette but in doing so had the ball skip ahead of him slightly, which contributed to his shot sailing just wide of the empty net into the side netting.UCLA ended up outshooting St. John's 12-8. Gaudette was the difference for the Red Storm, stopping five shots. Bruin keeper Eric Reed had three saves.
'I think we were a little hesitant in the first half, we were a little bit nervous,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'St. John's is obviously a very hard-working team, and they make it difficult for teams to play. That's what they did today.'
St. John's (12-5-4)advances to the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. UCLA ends its season with a 14-4-2 record. The Red Storm needs one more win to return to LA for the College Cup, which UCLA is hosting at The Home Depot Center on Dec. 10 and 12. Also one win away from a trip to LA for the College Cup are Virginia Commonwealth, which upset top-seeded Wake Forest on penalty kicks; Tulsa, which upset No. 7 SMU 2-1 in overtime; and Virginia, which defeated New Mexico on penalty kicks.