Sept. 9, 2001
San Francisco, Calif. - The 10th-ranked UCLA men's soccer team won the USF diadora Classic title with a 2-0 tournament record after defeating Santa Clara, 1-0, in Negoesco Stadium.
Junior forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) provided the game's only score when he took a rebound of a Cliff McKinley (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS) shot off the left post to score in the 50th minute. Pierce, who also recorded a goal in UCLA's 4-0 win over San Francisco, was selected the tournament's MVP. He leads the team in scoring with three goals and six points.
The Bruin defense held the Broncos in check the rest of the way, allowing only two second-half shots. Goalkeeper Zach Wells (Costa Mesa, Calif./Dana Point HS) picked up his second consecutive shutout, making seven saves, six in the first half.
"Our match with Santa Clara was definitely a game of two halves," said head coach Todd Salana. "In the first half, Santa Clara did a great job of defending and disrupting our play and subsquently created some chances for themselves through their defensive high pressure. The second half was clearly ours through a better possession game and a more aggressive offensive attitude."
UCLA improves its record to 2-1-1. Santa Clara drops to 2-2-0. The Bruins will next face UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3:00 pm in the home opener on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium.
Team 1 2 F UCLA 0 1 1 SCU 0 0 0
Shots - UCLA 7, SCU 11
Saves - UCLA 7, SCU 1
Corner Kicks - UCLA 2, SCU 3
Fouls - UCLA 20, SCU 22