UCLA wins double overtime thriller
Williams scores game-winning goal to help Bruins advance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - UCLA defeated Louisville 1-0 in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night. The Bruins (18-4-1) advance to the College Cup in Hoover, Ala. Louisville finishes the season with a 14-7-2 record.
The game was a defensive battle from the start. The Cardinals got an early corner kick but Alexander Obbey's shot went just wide in the third minute. Austin Berry's shot on the next possession went high as well. UCLA had a shot blocked in the eight minute. The Bruins had the first shot on goal of the game in the 13th minute but Andre Boudreaux made the save on Monge Fernando's shot.
Louisville got the first shot on goal in the 38th minute with a shot from Kenney Walker. In final minute Nick DeLeon sent a shot into the box but keeper Brian Rowe collected the ball for the save.
Louisville held a 5-4 shot advantage in the first half. Both teams finished the half with two corner kicks. Boudreaux finished with one save while Rowe finished with two.
Just three minutes into the second half Colin Rolfe was able to get past the defense and sent a shot into the box that missed the right post by inches. UCLA then gained possession and had a shot blocked, sent one high and then one wide right. The Cardinals took possession and a Ryan Smith's shot went just wide.
Both teams battled back and fourth then UCLA's Eder Arreola had a shot saved by Boudreaux in the 74th minute. Louisville had more opportunities in the 80th minute but Daniel Keller and Obbey's shots were blocked by the Bruin defense. In the 84th minute, Rolfe sent a shot right into the box but Rowe was able to make the save. Neither team was able get another shot on goal in the final minutes, sending the game into overtime.
UCLA started the offensive attack early in the first overtime period. Kelyn Rowe had a shot go just wide right in the 92nd minute. Louisville's Buck Tufty had a shot also go wide in the 93rd minute. Boudreaux made a save in the 99th minute off a shot from Ryan Hollingshead. Neither team was able to find the net, sending the game into another overtime period.
UCLA had a shot by Reed Williams in the first minute of overtime but Boudreaux made a diving save. The Bruins regained control of the ball and Hollingshead sent the ball into the box to Patrick Matchett who found Williams again and slipped the ball past Boudreaux for the golden goal in the 102nd minute.
UCLA finished the game with a 17-12 shot advantage and a 6-4 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with four saves while Rowe finished with three saves.