October 31, 1998
UCLA men's soccer team won its opening match in the Pacific Soccer Classic Friday night by defeating Saint Mary's 2-0. Top-ranked Indiana won its opening match, 3-0 over Loyola Marymount to set up a showdown for the tournament title with UCLA Sunday, November 1 at UCLA's North Athletic Field at 1:00 pm.
Shea Travis came off the bench with a sliding one-on-one goal at the 39:11 mark. Seth George scored his 11th goal of the season in the 67th minute after Martin Bruno's shot was saved but not held by Saint Mary's keeper Steve Reardon. George's rebound shot hit the top of the crossbar and went in. UCLA's defense allowed just five shots on goal, all in the second half.
UCLA's victory extended its home winning streak to 26 regular season games (29 overall), the second-most in NCAA history.
Dema Kovalenko scored two of Indiana's first-half goals to lead the Hoosiers to victory over Loyola Marymount. Matt Fundenberger had two assists in Indiana's fifth consecutive shutout. The Lions had to play a man down for the final 13 minutes when forward Robert Palikuca picked up his second yellow card of the match but did not allow nor score a goal.
The Bruins improve to 11-2 overall. Indiana improves to 16-1. Saint Mary's drops to 5-10-0, while LMU drops to 4-9-1. The Pacific Soccer Classic concludes Sunday, Nov. 1 at the North Athletic Field. LMU will face Saint Mary's at 10:30 am, while UCLA meets Indiana for the Classic title at 1:00 pm.