Sept. 10, 2006
Albuquerque, NM - The UCLA men's soccer team completed a successful weekend in New Mexico, defeating Oakland University, 4-1, in the second day of the Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational to win the tournament with a 2-0 record. Freshman midfielder Kyle Nakazawa scored UCLA's first goal and had assists on two other goals.
The Bruins scored four unanswered goals after allowing the first score of the game at 18:38. Oakland's Michael Reyes scored the goal on a shot off a rebound. UCLA equalized just three minutes later when Nakazawa converted on a penalty kick at 21:51. Nakazawa had a hand in the game-winning goal, sending in a cross that Sal Zizzo hit into the back of the net at 34:20.
Freshman Andrew Sinderhoff gave UCLA a 3-1 cushion at 51:21, knocking in a loose ball in the box, and junior defender Mike Zaher put the game out of reach at 61:39 when he headed in a Nakazawa corner kick.
Freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk earned the victory in his first collegiate start. He faced 12 shots but did not have to make any saves. UCLA recorded 18 shots, 10 of which were on goal. Oakland goalkeeper Steve Clark made six saves.
UCLA improves its overall record to 2-2-1, while Oakland drops to 1-4-0. The Bruins will return home next weekend to host Santa Clara on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8 pm.
New Mexico won the final game of the Invitational, 1-0, over Cal State Northridge. Both New Mexico and Cal State Northridge finished with a 1-1 tournament record.