Nov. 29, 2002
After being two seconds away from a first-round defeat, the third-ranked UCLA Bruins pulled out a 7-6 sudden victory overtime win over cross town rival USC in the first-round of the MPSF Tournament in Los Alamitos. The fifth-seeded Bruins will advance to a semi-final match-up tomorrow, while the fourth-seeded Trojans will begin play in the consolation bracket.
The teams headed into overtime tied at 4-4 after four quarters of physical play that saw three different lead changes.
UCLA struck first in the first of the two three-minute overtime periods when sophomore driver Brett Ormsby found the net for the fourth time in the contest with 0:32 remaining in the period. The Trojans were unable to match the goal and UCLA led 5-4 going into the second overtime period.
USC was the first to find the net in the second period when Predrag Damjanov scored his second goal of the match at the 1:55 mark and evened the score at 5-5. Only 43 seconds later, Jaraj Zatovic recorded another Trojan goal to give them a 6-5 advantage.
Sophomore center Ted Peck thought he had brought the Bruins back to a tie when his shot appeared to float past the Trojan goalkeeper with 40 seconds remaining. However, Bozidar Damjanovic kept the ball from entering the goal and USC took possession. After the USC possession, UCLA pulled goalkeeper Brandon Brooks out of the goal and into the field in a final effort to re-tie the score. On the final Bruin possession, USC had an ejection called against them with four seconds left. Ormsby struck again with a 6 on 5 goal with only two seconds remaining to send the match into sudden-victory overtime.
Junior driver Albert Garcia won the face-off for the Bruins and gave them the first golden-goal overtime possession. It proved to be all they would need as senior center defender Dan Yeilding gave UCLA the win only 29 seconds into the period.
The Bruins will face the winner of the top-seeded Pepperdine/#8Long Beach State match that will be held tonight at 6:30. UCLA's semi-final match will be played at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening at the USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center.
UCLA- Brett Ormsby (5), Josh Hewko, Dan Yeilding
USC - Predrag Damjanov (2), Gadi Hadar, James Shin, Stephen Lipinski, Jaraj Zatovic
Goalkeepers -UCLA- Brandon Brooks (9 saves, 6 GA A); USC - Bozidar Damjanovic (7 saves, 7 GA A)