Sept. 4, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - Ninth-ranked UCLA rebounded in a big way from its season opening loss to Santa Clara, upsetting second-ranked Maryland, 4-0, in its home opener at Frank W. Marshall Field Sunday afternoon. Freshman midfielder Sal Zizzo scored a goal and recorded two assists, and Maxwell Griffin, Evan Corey and Luke Mehring also registered goals for the Bruins.
The Bruins shut down a Maryland offense that scored seven goals in its opener Friday night at Cal State Fullerton. UCLA held the Terrapins to just seven shots, none of which were on goal. The Bruins, meanwhile, recorded 17 shots, 10 on goal.
UCLA did most of its damage on the right side of the field, scoring all three first-half goals from that side. The first goal of the game, at 6:56, started when Zizzo made a long run down the right flank. Marvell Wynne turned on the after-burners to race past Zizzo and accept a pass from his freshman teammate, and then lofted a cross to Hill in the box. Griffin one-timed the ball past Maryland goalkeeper Craig Salvati for the 1-0 lead. Zizzo also set up the Bruins' second goal, crossing another ball from the right side into the box, where Corey headed it past Salvati at 37:40. A Jordan Harvey corner kick from the right corner was headed in by Mehring at 43:08 to round out the first-half scoring.
Zizzo recorded a goal of his own at 79:42 after a cross from Mike Zaher.
"Our athleticism took over in the first half," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "We knew we would be successful if we could isolate their left fullback. Marvell and Sal's athleticism and pace were too much for them."
UCLA goalkeeper Eric Reed earned the shutout without having to make any saves. Maryland did have an apparent Jason Garey goal called back for an offsides violation in the first half with UCLA leading just 1-0. The Terrapins' best scoring chance in the second half came when Maurice Edu hit the crossbar at 85:19.
Both UCLA and Maryland's records now stand at 1-1-0. The Bruins will next face Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm at LMU's Sullivan Field.