Sept. 17, 2006
Maxwell Griffin scored in the first half and David Estrada scored in the final minutes as 16th ranked UCLA upset #8 USF 2-0 at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus Sunday.
It was the first loss of the season for USF (5-1-1) who has played all but one of its games away from home. For UCLA (4-2-1) it concluded a big weekend, with the Bruins defeating Santa Clara Friday night and the Dons Sunday earning their third and fourth straight wins.
The Bruins got on the board first in the 17th minute. Freshman midfielder Michael Stephens sent in a pass to freshman defender Chance Myers on the right side, and Myers slotted a cross to Griffin in the box. Griffin, who celebrated his 19th birthday today, dribbled between two defenders and beat San Francisco goalkeeper Geremy Uhl for the game's first goal.
San Francisco had a good opportunity to equalize in the 36th minute when Aaron Chandler took a hard shot, but UCLA goalkeeper Eric Reed was there to make the stop. Reed made another spectacular save a minute into the second half, leaping high to knock a Brandon McDonald shot over the endline.
Finally the Bruins put the game out or reach when David Estrada scored with less than two minutes remaining after taking a throw in pass from Sal Zizzo. UCLA scored on both shots that were on goal and became the first team to score more than a goal on USF.
The Dons were denied a chance to score late in the game when Ardalan Attar was pulled down in the box during a scoring chance, but no call was made.
"UCLA is a very good team and the most technical squad we have played against," said Dons Head Coach Erik Visser. "After a tough win at Northridge Friday we felt it was better to play a conservative game and the team did a great job of executing that strategy. We had four or five chances to score and UCLA had none until we gave up the goal at the end of the game.
"I am very proud of how the team competed today and the entire preseason. We had six of our seven games on the road and earned a 5-1-1 mark. The team now is focused on defending its two consecutive West Coast Conference crowns. That starts Friday in Moraga against a good St. Mary's squad. Then we host Santa Clara next Sunday night in what should be a great game."