UW Men Suffer 1-0 Defeat To No. 17/9 UCLA
Oct. 30, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Kamani Hill's fifth goal of the season in the 61st minute helped lift No. 17/9 UCLA to a 1-0 victory over Washington in Pac-10 men's soccer action at Frank W. Marshall Field in Los Angeles, Sunday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Huskies to 9-5-2 overall and 3-4-2 against conference opponents, while the Bruins improved to 10-3-2, 5-1-1 in the Pac-10. Sunday's effort was the fifth consecutive shutout and 12th overall for a Bruin team that shut out all of its opponents at home in the regular season.
Hill's shot, assisted by Sal Zizzo, deflected off the right post and into the goal at the 60:34 minute mark. It was one of just three second-half shots for UCLA, which had racked up 12 in the first half.
The Huskies did make Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reed, the nation's top goalkeeper, work for the shutout, as Reed was forced to make all six of his saves in the first half. Washington had a three-minute span starting at 9:14 where sophomore forward Brett Hite, senior midfielder Mike Chabala and sophomore forward Ely Allen each had shots on goal saved by Reed. Also during that span, UW senior midfielder Leo Totev made a run at the top of the box, but Reed came out to smother the ball before Totev could take a shot.
UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander grabbed a season-high nine saves, allowing his first goal in four matches. Like the Huskies, UCLA had chances to put the ball in the net in the first half on 12 shots, but Eylander made eight of his nine saves in the opening frame.
'They (UCLA) are a very good side and have a lot of quality,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We'd defended so well for so many games in a row. You have to be sharp and everyone's got to be dialed in like we were on the road at Cal. Our goalkeeping was outstanding and our defense overall was very good. Hill is a talented player and came up with a moment of quality for them. They deserved to win but I'm proud of the way we played. We just didn't have enough on the day.'
The Huskies take a break from Pac-10 play this weekend meeting their Northwest rivals, Portland and Gonzaga. UW will host Portland, Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Spokane for a 1 p.m. contest versus the Bulldogs on Sunday, Nov. 6. Washington wraps the regular season hosting Oregon State, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
No. 17/9 UCLA 1, Washington 0
Frank W. Marshall Field; Los Angeles, Calif.
Scoring - 1, UCLA, Kamani Hill (Sal Zizzo), 60:34.
Shots - UW 9, UCLA 15
Corners - UW 2, UCLA 10
Saves - UW 9 (Chris Eylander), UCLA 6 (Eric Reed)
Fouls - UW 12, UCLA 12
Offsides - UW 1, UCLA 0
Attendance - 1259