Sept. 22, 2006
BERKELEY - Sixteenth-ranked California scored twice in the final six minutes and upset No. 9 UCLA, 3-1, in its Pac-10 opener on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Junior midfielder Andrew Jacobson scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute and junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil added an insurance goal in the 90th minute to clinch the victory.
Cal, which took second place in the conference last year, improved its record to 6-2-1 (1-0-0 Pac-10), while UCLA, the defending Pac-10 champion, fell to 4-3-1 (0-1-0).
"UCLA is an outstanding team," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "With the Pac-10 schedule starting, we understand that every game from here on out is going to be a hard-fought battle, and that's what today was."
The Bruins suffered a big blow in the third minute, when sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin, who earned the last two Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, left the game for good with a left knee injury.
Cal opened the scoring in the 19th minute, as senior midfielder Eric Ebert converted a cross by Ayala-Hil to beat Bruins senior goalkeeper Eric Reed. The Bears outshot UCLA, 6-2, in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the 58th minute, Sal Zizzo scored off a Kyle Nakazawa assist to tie the game at 1-1. Zizzo, a sophomore midfielder and the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was left 1-v.-1 with goalkeeper Justin Myers and scored past the Cal junior.
With the possibility of overtime looming, Jacobson headed in senior midfielder Nick Hatzke's corner kick to give Cal a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute. Ayala-Hil scored on a breakaway five minutes later as UCLA pushed forward for a tying goal to give the Bears a 3-1 victory.
"The guys did a good job of bouncing back after giving up the tying goal and finding a way to win the match," Grimes added.
Cal continues Pac-10 play when it hosts San Diego State at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Edwards Stadium.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 F UCLA 0 1 1 California 1 2 3
Shots by Period 1 2 Total UCLA 2 5 7 California 5 6 11
Records: UCLA 4-3-1 (0-1-0 Pac-10). California 6-2-1 (1-0-0 Pac-10).