UCLA Falls To Wake Forest In NCAA Quarterfinals, 2-0
Dec. 5, 2009
Winston-Salem, NC - A pair of second-half goals sent third-seeded Wake Forest into the NCAA College Cup, ending sixth-seeded UCLA's season in the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 2-0 loss.
It was an evenly-played game, with the two quality teams being nearly even in each statistical category but the all-important goals scored. Wake Forest had a slim 16-15 shot advantage and had four saves to UCLA's three. Each team had six corner kicks and 12 fouls.
UCLA had a quick start to the game, earning a corner kick on the first possession and then having a shot by Chandler Hoffman miss after a Bruin steal just four and a half minutes into the game. UCLA had five shots in the half - one on goal, a David Estrada header in the box that was saved by Wake Forest goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald with 14 minutes left in the half.
Wake Forest had some near misses in the first half. In the 11th minute, Corben Bone's shot was headed over the crossbar by Bruin defender Sean Alvarado. Zack Schilawski had a redirected shot in the box saved by UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk in the 16th minute. With 3:34 left in the first half, Schilawski had a shot in front of the box, but it was deflected off a Bruin defender over the crossbar. As the final 10 seconds was counted down in the half, the Deacons made a run, but the shot by Schilwaski missed high.
The Bruins had the first scoring opportunity of the second half on a corner kick, but Andy Rose's shot from inside the box was saved by Fitzgerald. Three minutes later, at 52:13, Wake took advantage of their first opportunity with a goal by Schilwaski, his 11th career NCAA Tournament score. Schilwaski got the goal after following through on Austin da Luz's shot that hit the right post. The rebound went to Schilawski, and he finished from seven yards out into the open net.
UCLA nearly tied the score at 58:22 on an Estrada shot that was headed towards the upper right corner, but Fitzgerald made a leaping save to keep the Bruins off the board. Fernando Monge also had a good opportunity in the 66th minute, but his shot hit the right post and was cleared away by a Wake Forest defender. Amobi Okugo in the 78th minute had a good shot in the box blocked.
The Deacons had a big chance to go up 2-0 in the 79th minute on a counterattack. Rose was called for a foul on da Luz just outside the box, giving the Deacons a penalty kick. Perk, however, was up to the challenge, and made the save. He couldn't completely save Wake Forest's next shot, though, at 80:50. On a counterattack, Andy Lubahn received a pass from Corben Bone on the right side and got one past Perk for his 10th goal of the season, giving Wake Forest the 2-0 lead.
"Overall it was an even game, if you look at the shots, fouls, corner kicks," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "It was just one of those things that they made the plays that made the difference, and we didn't tonight. Wake Forest is obviously a very good soccer team, and I thought we had a good game and can walk out of here with our heads held high. I'm really proud of the effort, and unfortunately only one team goes forward."
UCLA ends its season with a 12-4-4 record, a second-straight Pac-10 Championship and 27th consecutive NCAA appearance. Wake Forest joins No. 1 seed Akron, No. 2 seed Virginia and No. 5 North Carolina.
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