Southern Methodist 3, UCLA 0


Nov. 22, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - The SMU men's soccer team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the program's history Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over fifth-seed UCLA in second-round play of the 2005 NCAA Tournament held at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. With the win, SMU moves to the Sweet Sixteen and improves to 12-5-3. The Bruins close out their 2005 campaign with a 12-5-3 record.

The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first when freshman Paulo da Silva, from the center of the field, fed senior Kellan Zindel a ball on the left side of the field and angled a rocket past Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reed at the 13:11 mark. It was Zindel's fourth goal of the season. The score remained 1-0 at intermission.

In the second half, Duke Hashimoto went one-on-one with Reed and won the battle, giving SMU a 2-0 lead at the 52:05 mark. For the senior forward, it was his team-leading ninth goal of the year. SMU upped its lead to 3-0 when da Silva received a pass from Scott Corbin and angled it past Reed at the 68:10 mark. It was da Silva's second goal of the game.

UCLA pressed forward after SMU's third goal and constantly put offensive pressure on the Mustang defense, which held fast and frustrated the Bruin offensive attack. UCLA did have opportunities to score but missed the mark on many of its shots - thanks, in part, to SMU's defensive aggressiveness and challenging each Bruin player.

Coming into the game, the Bruins had not allowed an opponent goal on their home field all season. In fact, UCLA had not allowed three opponent goals in a single game on its home field in NCAA Tournament play in nearly 30 years.

After a few days in Dallas, the Mustangs get back on the road and head to Greensboro, N.C. to face the Spartans (16-5-1) who tied 12th-seed Virginia Tech Tuesday night, 0-0, but advanced on a 4-3 shootout advantage. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 27. Time of the contest is yet to be determined.

-- Courtesy SMU