Oct. 27, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - In a critical Pac-10 Conference battle between second place teams, No. 14 UCLA and Stanford tied, 1-1, for the second time this season. With first-place California having already lost earlier in the day at San Diego State, 3-1, an opportunity to move up in the conference standings was at stake for both teams. UCLA made a late comeback to send the game into overtime on a David Estrada goal, but neither team could score in the extra period, forcing the tie.
UCLA began the game with a starting lineup consisting of seven freshmen, due in part to the one-game suspensions of leading assist man Sal Zizzo (red card in the Oct. 22 game at Washington) and senior defender Kiel McClung (yellow card accumulation). The Bruin veterans were missed in the first half, particularly on offense. The first half saw both teams take a total of just two shots each. The Bruins' best chance came in 21st minute, when Estrada's header in front of the goal went wide. Stanford had a good shot on goal opportunity in the 24th minute on a Kyle Hency header, but Bruin midfielder Chance Myers cleared it out in front of the goal for a team save.
Stanford came out swinging immediately in the second half. Dan Shapiro had a shot in front of the box go high just 45 seconds into the period. The Bruins also went on the attack early in the half, with midfielder Tony Beltran, who was playing for the first time in over a month after undergoing an ankle arthroscopy, setting up a goal-scoring opportunity for Estrada that was nullified by an offside call.
The Cardinal broke the scoreless tie at 67:57 when an Alex Kozachenko corner kick found Ryan Oblak's head. Oblak headed it towards the goal, and it deflected off UCLA defender Brad Rusin into the back of the net for the 1-0 Stanford lead.
In the 73rd minute, Bruin midfielder Michael Stephens had a good look in front of the goal, but his hard shot hit the back of a Stanford defender, preventing the tying score. The Bruins were not to be denied of the equalizer, however. At 85:48, Myers sent in a cross from the right side to Estrada in the box, and Estrada's shot found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season and his fourth goal in his last five games.
Stanford had one last opportunity to take the lead before the end of regulation, but a Galen Thompson shot went wide with two minutes left.
The Bruins had the run of play in the first overtime. Just 49 seconds into the extra time, Myers missed by just inches on a shot outside the box, and Jason Leopoldo went wide on a shot with three minutes left in the first overtime. Stanford had one shot in the second overtime, a wide shot by Tom Montgomery.
UCLA freshman goalkeeper Brian Perk kept his unbeaten streak intact with the tie, moving his record to 3-0-2. He had two saves in the game. Stanford goalkeeper John Moore had one save.
The Bruins' record now stands at 9-4-3, 4-2-2 in the Pac-10 Conference. They remain tied for second with Stanford, whose overall record is 6-6-4, 4-2-2 in the Pac-10, but San Diego State has also jumped into the mix with a 4-2-2 conference record. All three teams have 14 points in conference play, while first-place California has 18. UCLA will host California on Sunday at 2:30 pm, while San Diego State hosts Stanford at 1 pm. UCLA and San Diego State end the Pac-10 season facing each other, as do Stanford and California.