UCLA's Season Ends In NCAA First Round Loss To Cal Poly
Nov. 21, 2008
Courtesy UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A 28th minute goal by Cal Poly's Ryan Anderson was enough to end UCLA's season, as the Mustangs recorded their first ever NCAA Tournament win, 1-0, in first round action at Drake Stadium Friday night. Cal Poly (11-5-6) advances to the second round to face 14th-seeded UC Irvine on Tuesday, while UCLA ends its season at 10-5-6.
The Mustangs scored at the 27:01 mark after Julian Alvarez sent a perfect through ball to Anderson. With Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk charging, Anderson chipped a shot over Perk's head and into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
Things got testy from there, as Anderson was red-carded minutes later in the 35th minute. The Bruins had less than three minutes with the man advantage, however, as UCLA freshman Prince Lapnet earned a red card himself in the 38th minute to put the teams back on an even playing field, numbers-wise.
UCLA, which outshot Cal Poly by an 18-15 count, had good chances to score but was thwarted on several attempts. In the 42nd minute, Danny Suits had a shot inside the box get cleared off the line by a Cal Poly defender. Michael Stephens had a series of shots stopped in the 47th minute, with his first shot blocked and his follow-up shot saved by Cal Poly goalkeeper Eric Branagan-Franco. Defender Brad Rusin had a header from a Stephens free kick saved in the 54th minute, and Eder Arreola hit the right post in the 60th minute.
"We had been playing well for so many weeks, but unfortunately it was just not a good night for us," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. "It's tough for us to lose the way we did. We created chances but just couldn't make it happen. Cal Poly played hard and deserved to win."
Perk finished the game with four saves, while Branagan-Franco finished with three.
For seniors Leopoldo, Rusin, Maxwell Griffin and Richard Flores, it was their last game in a Bruin uniform.
"I'm heartbroken," said Griffin. "This was my last time playing in a UCLA shirt. I can't believe it. It just wasn't our night. We weren't keeping possession like we used to, and we didn't match up with them for the duration of the game."
The Bruins, who had entered the Tournament on an eight-game unbeaten streak, lost for the first time since Oct. 12.