Sept. 20, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF men's soccer showed its mettle on a crisp Thursday night, but could not find the back of the net, dropping a tough 1-0 decision to visiting No. 5 UCLA in non-conference action in front of a raucous crowd of 3,143 at Negoesco Stadium. The No. 12 Dons (4-2-0) saw their four-match winning streak halted by the Bruins (3-2-1), who posted their third consecutive victory.
After fighting to a stalemate for the first 87 minutes of regulation, a melee in the penalty box following UCLA's corner kick resulted in a goal, attributed to sophomore defender Chance Myers at 87:49. It was the second goal of the season for Myers.
San Francisco spent more time in the Bruin end during the first half, but UCLA seemingly had better scoring chances in the first 45 minutes, but were stymied by a former teammate, junior goalkeeper Eric Conner, who made a pair of nice saves before the intermission.
"I am pleased with the way we competed tonight. We played an outstanding team tough for 90 minutes," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "To see the way they (UCLA) celebrated after the match - that made me feel good. It shows we earned their respect and that we are on the right track. Now we must play with the same kind of focus and intensity when we play New Mexico."
After the two teams emerged from halftime, UCLA spent more time in the Dons zone, but USF enjoyed a couple of good opportunities to score, highlighted by a breakaway chance by sophomore forward Conor Chinn, who rifled a strong shot into the hands of Bruin keeper Brian Perk.
UCLA held a 12-7 shot edge and a 7-1 corner kick advantage. Perk (3-2-1) collected fours saves, Conner made three.
Chinn and sophomore midfielder Jesse Henderson each tallied a pair of shots for the Dons, while junior midfielder Jason Leopoldo and Mike Zaher fired two shots each for the Bruins.
USF closes out the non-conference schedule Saturday, September 22 when it hosts New Mexico. Game time against the Lobos is set for 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium.