UCLA Snaps UW's Unbeaten Streak With 2-0 Win
Oct. 17, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Washington men's soccer had its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a 2-0 loss at UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif., Friday evening.
The Bruins used a pair of goals during an eight-minute span in the first-half to hand the 23rd-ranked Huskies their first Pac-10 loss of the season and first setback in over a month. With the loss, UW fell to 7-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in conference action. UCLA, meanwhile, improved to 4-4-5 overall and 2-1-1 in the Pac-10.
The match marked the first time the Huskies have been held scoreless this season, as UW entered the week leading the Pac-10 with 2.0 goals per game. UCLA also held Washington to just six shots, matching a UW season-low. UCLA Senior midfielder Jason Leopoldo scored the first goal in the 18th minute and freshman forward Prince Lapnet scored a second in the 26th minute for the Bruins.
'It was a long way from our normal performance,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We're disappointed that we didn't have more enthusiasm for the game. We seemed to be in a fog during the first half and didn't react well to some of the things we knew were coming at us. Too many good players didn't play up to their standards. There wasn't a big vocal presence and we didn't have an organization on the field when we needed it because UCLA is a fluid and moving team, a pass and move team. We gave a better effort in the second-half, but the game was already in favor of UCLA and we couldn't recover.'
Leopoldo paired up with Bruin forward David Estrada for the first goal at 17:07 and then had one of two assists on a header from Lapent at 25:20. The Huskies were only able to muster two shots in the opening half and ended up with a 10-6 disadvantage overall.
Despite the lack of offensive production, Wurzberger did credit his two freshman forwards Brent Richards and Dylan Tucker-Gangnes for putting in a solid performance. The pair accounted for four of the team's six shots.
'We thought we got super efforts from the freshman forwards,' he said. 'They couldn't score but they gave it an effort.'
UW sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Fung recorded five saves on 10 UCLA shots, but allowed the two goals. UCLA's Brian Perk made three saves en route to the shutout.
The Huskies will look to get back on the winning track when they continue their Southern California swing facing San Diego State, Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon. UW will then return to Seattle to host these same two sides, Oct. 24 and Oct. 26.
Pac-10 Men's Soccer
UCLA 2, #23 Washington 0
Drake Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.
Scoring - 1, UCLA, Jason Leopoldo (David Estrada), 17:07. 2, UCLA, Prince Lapnet (Jason Leopoldo, Michael Stephens), 25:20.
Shots - UW 6, UCLA 10
Corners - UW 3, UCLA 6
Saves - UW 5 (Stephen Fung), UCLA 3 (Brian Perk)
Fouls - UW 5, UCLA 10
Attendance - 726