UCLA, North Carolina State Tie, 2-2
Aug. 25, 2007
The pre-season No. 1 UCLA men's soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with North Carolina State in an exhibition contest on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, NC. Scoring for the Bruins were junior midfielder Jason Leopoldo and freshman forward Kyle McAthy.
The two teams played three 30 minute periods. UCLA jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 10:32 when Leopoldo stole the ball and took it upfield, unleashing a shot from 20 yards out to the far post for the goal. The Wolfpack threatened to tie it up less than five minutes later when they were awarded a penalty kick after a handball in the box, but Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk made a diving save on Alan Sanchez's penalty shot to preserve the lead.
UCLA peppered NC State with shots shortly after the penalty, forcing Wolfpack goalkeeper Christopher Widman to make three saves in a one-minute span, but it was NC State who got on the board with an El Hadj Cisse goal in the 28th minute off a free kick.
In period two, the Bruins broke the tie in the 44th minute. Less than a minute after entering his first collegiate game and on his first touch of the game, McAthy scored on a one-timer to the near post at 43:46. Tony Beltran started the play with a through ball to Michael Stephens, who crossed to McAthy. NC State tied the game less than five minutes later, however, on a goal by Ben Ward after a scramble in the box.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third period, with goalkeepers Trevor Hunter and Brandyn Bumpas each recording one save.
UCLA will open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 31 against ninth-ranked Notre Dame in Bloomington, IN at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
"It was an exhibition game that served us really well," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "We were able to experience the heat and humidity that we will similarly experience in Indiana next week, and we are confident that this game has prepared us for our first match against Notre Dame on Friday. We scored two very good goals and will shore up our defense in the next week of training and be ready to start the season."
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