Cal sweeps series with No. 1 UCLA
LOS ANGELES -- California completed a season sweep of UCLA for the first time since 2006 with the No. 17 Golden Bears' 1-0 victory against the No. 1 Bruins on Sunday at Drake Stadium.
Senior forward Connor Hallisey scored the match’s lone goal in the 47th minute, while redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Taillole made three saves and earned his third shutout of the season.
Cal (10-3-1, 4-2-1 Pac-12) got the first look on goal in the 10th minute of action when sophomore forward Christian Thierjung went head-to-head with UCLA goalkeeper Earl Edwards with a shot that soared just high of the goal. Fifteen minutes later, Hallisey created another quality chance for the Bears, but his shot was deflected by UCLA defender Chase Gasper off the goal post and was cleared out by Edwards.
Immediately after the break, the Bears broke through when Edwards turned the ball over inside the box to a waiting Hallisey, who found the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season. Hallisey, who leads the Pac-12 in points per game, recorded a game-best four shots on the night.
UCLA (10-4-4, 5-2-2) took a chance in the 72nd minute after forward Larry Ndjock found a hard cross inside the box, but Taillole logged his third save of the night to silence the Bruins.
"A number of players are in good form and have further room to grow this season," Cal coach Kevin Grimes said. "We look forward to getting back to training this week to get that accomplished."