Sept. 8, 2006
Albuquerque, NM - The UCLA men's soccer team earned its first victory of the season, defeating 15th-ranked New Mexico, 2-0, in front of 3,212 fans in Albuquerque at the Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational. Sophomore Maxwell Griffin had the first multiple-goal game of his career, scoring two in a minute and a half span.
After a scoreless first half, the Bruins took control of the game in the second period, with Griffin netting the first goal at 56:26 after Greg Folk sent in a cross into the box. Jason Leopoldo also assisted on the play. Griffin repeated his effort at 58:09. Sophomore midfielder Sal Zizzo sent in a cross into the box which Griffin controlled. Griffin then spun away from his defender and smacked the ball into the upper corner for his third goal of the season.
Goalkeeper Eric Reed earned the shutout for UCLA and made one save on 12 New Mexico shots. Lobo goalkeeper Mike Graczyk had three saves on 14 UCLA shots.
"It was a good win tonight on the road," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "We have grown a lot as a team from our first road trip, and we hope to continue to improve and get better, but we're very happy with way we performed. It was a good overall team performance."
The game was UCLA's fourth consecutive game against an opponent that advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 a year ago and its second in a week against a team that made the championship game. The Bruins (1-2-1) will next face Oakland University (1-3-0) on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 12:30 pm MT. Oakland lost to Cal State Northridge, 2-0, in the first game of the tournament. New Mexico (1-2-1) will face Cal State Northridge (1-1-1) in the final game of the tournament at 3 pm.