Oct. 30, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - The ninth-ranked UCLA men's soccer team earned its fifth consecutive and 12th overall shutout Sunday afternoon, defeating Washington, 1-0, in front of 1,259 fans on the Bruins' regular season home finale. Sophomore Kamani Hill scored the game's only goal in the 61st minute, and Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reed made six saves on nine Husky shots to preserve the shutout. The Bruins shut out their eighth opponent in as many home games to become the first Pac-10 team and the first Bruin team to shut out all of its home opponents in the regular season.
Reed worked hard to earn this shutout, making all six saves in the first half to tie his career high for saves in a game. The Huskies had a three-minute span starting at 9:14 when they put the pressure on Reed. Forward Brett Hite put a shot on goal that Reed saved, and then at 11:56, Leo Totev made a run in the top of the box, but Reed came out to smother the ball before Totev could take a shot. Mike Chabala and Ely Allen also had shots on goal at 12:36 and 13:50, but Reed saved both. Reed also made a fingertip save on a Matt Fischer shot at 32:46.
The Bruins had their share of good chances snuffed out by Washington's goalkeeper as well. At 7:11, senior Ramon Manak hit a shot that was headed for the upper right corner, but goalkeeper Chris Eylander leaped high to punch it out. Manak had another hard shot saved at 21:36, and 40 seconds later, Eylander made a kick save on a Sal Zizzo shot. Eylander made another big save in the 37th minute, stopping a Jonathan Bornstein shot from close range, and was fortunate to see Hill's shot off the rebound sail high. Eylander ended the half with eight saves and finished the game with a career-high nine.
The defenses took over in the second half, with each team limiting the other to three shots apiece. Two and a half minutes into the second half, Husky midfielder Jeff Hoover had a clear shot on Reed but missed just high and wide. In the 49th minute, Hill had a quality shot saved by Eylander.
Hill would not be denied on his next shot, however. After taking a pass from Zizzo, Hill fired a shot that caromed off the inside right post and into the back of the net for his team-leading fifth goal of the season and second of the weekend.
Washington had one last chance to equalize at 81:34 with a free kick just outside the top of the box, but Chabala's shot went wide right.
Reed earned his 10th solo shutout of the season and has not allowed a goal in his last four games. The Bruins shut out all eight of their home opponents this year, a streak of 740 shutout minutes on Frank W. Marshall Field. UCLA's shutout streak now stands at five games and 570 minutes.