UCLA Men Clinch Pac-10 Soccer Title After 1-1 Tie At California
Nov. 6, 2005
Berkeley, CA - The seventh-ranked UCLA men's soccer team clinched its fourth consecutive Pac-10 Conference title after a 1-1 tie against 10th-ranked California at Edwards Stadium. Berkeley native Kamani Hill scored the Bruins' only goal of the game, snapping a scoreless tie in the 82nd minute when he dribbled down the right side of the field and found the open net from about 15 yards out.
The Bruins had their six-game shutout streak and a chance at a regulation victory snapped when Cal's Eric Ebert tied the score in the 88th minute from five yards out. UCLA's shutout streak had lasted 749 minutes.
In the first overtime period, Cal defender Tyson Wahl had three consecutive scoring opportunities but could not get the ball past Bruin keeper Eric Reed. With one minute remaining, it looked as though UCLA was going to score when Marvell Wynne took a shot on goal, but Cal goalkeeper Eric Kronberg made the save. Neither team had shot on goal opportunities in the second overtime, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Nonetheless, UCLA clinched the Pac-10 title with 20 points, thanks to a 6-1-2 league record. With a 5-3-1 Pac-10 record, Cal has 16 points with just one conference game left to play and cannot surpass the Bruins regardless of UCLA's result at San Diego State on Sunday.
'Winning the Pac-10 for the fourth year in row was definitely one of our goals,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'We came up to Northern California to win the Pac-10, and we're happy we did. But because of our very high expectations at UCLA, we're somewhat disappointed that we didn't win this game, even though the tie clinched the Pac-10. We played very well in the second half, and we feel like we're continuing to improve, and we hope to make a good run in the playoffs.'