UCLA Rallies Late To Salvage 1-1 Tie With North Carolina

Sept. 7, 2008

UCLA senior defender Brad Rusin scored in the 86th minute to tie the score at 1-1, and the 19th-ranked Bruins salvaged a 1-1 tie against 15th-ranked North Carolina in Winston-Salem, NC.

The Bruins (1-2-1) were snakebit through much of the game. At the start of the second half, Jason Leopoldo had a shot that was cleared off the line by UNC's Eddie Ababio. The Bruins also had two shots hit wood, with Maxwell Griffin smacking a header off the crossbar in the 53rd minute and Rusin heading a shot off the post in the 66th minute. North Carolina (2-0-1) took the lead at the 78:33 mark with a free kick goal by Kirk Urso that was deflected by UCLA goalkeeper Trevor Hunter onto the left post and into the back of the net.

Rusin got the Bruins back in the game with his second goal of the year at 85:06. After a corner kick, Griffin sent a header to Rusin on the right side, and Rusin knocked it in from four yards out just inside the right post.

Both teams took a final shot in the closing minutes, as North Carolina's Michael Callahan was saved by Hunter at 88:44 on a breakaway opportunity, and UCLA's Eder Arreola shot wide at 89:34, sending the game into overtime.

UCLA controlled play in the first overtime, outshooting the Tar Heels, 3-0, with Griffin missing just wide on a header wide at 91:40, and Arreola shooting wide at 94:47 and getting saved by UNC goalkeeper Jacob Wescoe at 97:58. Arreola continued to attack in the second overtime, taking a shot 38 seconds in that Wescoe again had to save. Thirty seconds later, Brian Shriver took North Carolina's first shot in extra time, missing high, and Billy Schuler shot wide at 102:21. The Bruins' last opportunity came at 109:13, when David Estrada's shot was blocked by a UNC defender.

Hunter finished with three saves on 10 shots in 110 minutes. Wescoe had five saves on 19 UCLA shots.

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