Oct. 12, 2001
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer team opened Pac-10 Conference play with a 2-0 shutout victory over California at UCLA's Frank W. Marshall Field.
Sophomore midfielder Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, Calif.) came off the bench to score a 39th minute goal from 18-yards out that gave UCLA the early advantage. The Bruins increased their lead in the 71st minute after freshman forward Phillip Harr (Granite Bay, Calif.) was fouled in the penalty area during a breakaway. Junior midfielder Ryan Futagaki (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored on the ensuing penalty kick for the final goal of the contest.
Cal's best scoring chance came at the 81:14 mark when forward Austin Ripmaster headed a shot towards the goal area, but Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells (Costa Mesa, Calif.) made a one-handed grab to stop the shot. Wells made four saves in the game while picking up his fourth shutout of the year. The UCLA defense held California to just five shots.
"The team's own personal objectives were to get quite a few shutouts during Pac-10 play and to attempt to go undefeated at home," said Bruin head coach Todd Saldana. "I was pleased they met their own objectives. It gives us a good feeling going into one of the biggest matches of the year Sunday against Stanford."
UCLA's record improves to 5-4-2, while Cal drops to 6-4-1. The Bruins' match against second-ranked Stanford will take place Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3:00 pm at Frank W. Marshall Field.