UCLA Downs UC Riverside, 3-0
Aug. 31, 2008
The 14th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team earned its first win of the 2008 season, defeating UC Riverside, 3-0, at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The Bruins scored two first-half goals, and Brian Perk recorded the shutout in goal for the Bruins.
UCLA struck early, scoring in the 10th minute on a header by defender Brad Rusin. Kyle Nakazawa's free kick was headed down by Maxwell Griffin, who headed it to Rusin in the box. The Bruin defender headed it past UCR goalkeeper Ryan Schmitz for his second career goal at the 9:18 mark.
The Bruins continued to be dangerous on the offensive end. In the 13th minute, Jason Leopoldo had a shot cleared off the line by a UCR defender, and in the 16th minute Griffin also had a shot cleared out. With less than three minutes to go in the half, Michael Stephens blasted a shot that Schmitz made a nice save on. David Estrada collected the rebound and sent a second shot into goal that was handled by a UCR defender. Michael Stephens converted the penalty kick to increase the Bruins' lead to 2-0 at 42:12.
The Bruins got an insurance goal at 71:48, when Nakazawa sent a through ball to Griffin, who chipped the goalie for his second goal in as many games.
UC Riverside had a good opportunity to close the gap a little in the 74th minute. After a free kick was tapped to him outside the box, Highlander defender Joel Crompton sent in a hard shot, but Perk dove to his right to make the save.
UCLA (1-1) outshot UC Riverside (0-2) in the game, 10-5, and had 12 corner kicks to UCR's zero. Both Perk and Schmitz finished the game with two saves apiece.
'After the game the other night, we challenged the team to improve their possession and player movement,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'The team showed character, had a good approach to the game and got the win.
The Bruins will travel to Wake Forest for the Deacon Classic next weekend, playing defending NCAA champion Wake Forest on Friday and 2001 NCAA champion North Carolina on Sunday.