Nov. 22, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - The fifth-seeded UCLA men's soccer team gave up its first goals at home this season and suffered a 3-0 loss to SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Freshman striker Paulo da Silva set up the Mustangs' first two goals of the game and scored the last as SMU advances to the third round to face UNC-Greensboro.
UCLA had the first scoring opportunity in the game, with Jonathan Bornstein taking a shot wide 6:39 into the game. SMU's David Chun also had an opportunity at the 10 minute mark, but his shot was saved by Bruin keeper Eric Reed. Two minutes later, UCLA forward Kamani Hill found himself in a breakaway opportunity with the goalkeeper charging out. With Hill's shot seemingly destined for the back of the net, a Mustang defender just got a touch of it from behind to send the ball out of bounds.
At 13:11, SMU did what no other visiting team had been able to do all season - score at Frank W. Marshall Field. da Silva send a through ball into Kellan Zindel on the left side, and Zindel finished with a shot to the far post that nicked the right post and rolled in for the first score.
da Silva set up the Mustangs' second goal at the 52:05 mark, feeding Duke Hashimoto on a breakaway down the middle of the field. Hashimoto slotted the ball past Reed to put the Mustangs up 2-0. The Bruins had an opportunity to cut the lead in half at 63:28 when they were awarded a penalty kick for a handball in the box by Mynor Gonzalez. Mike Zaher's penalty kick, went high, however, and SMU used that momentum to score another goal five minutes later. Once again, da Silva was in the middle of the fray, scoring his third goal of the NCAA tournament on a shot from seven yards.
The Bruins valiantly tried to put a score on the board late in the game, but were denied by a tough Mustang defense. Goalkeeper Matt Wideman made a diving save on a Kamani Hill free kick near the top of the box with 18 minutes left to save the best late Bruin threat.
"It was a concern of ours to not give up a goal in the first seven minutes of the half, and we scored a goal during that time," said SMU coach Schellas Hyndman. "The penalty kick miss was the straw that broke the camel's back. We had to have a good game to defeat a good team like UCLA, and I'm proud of our team's effort tonight."
"Unfortunately, it was a poor night for us and a good night for them," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "Of all the games to give up our first goals at home ... We had a little bit of bad luck. The penalty kick came at a fortuitous time, at 2-1 with 25 minutes to play, but things just didn't go our way. It was their night."
UCLA's season ends at 12-5-3. SMU improves to 11-5-3 and will advance to face UNC-Greensboro in the third round.