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UCLA remains alive -- barely
November 15th, 2007 8AM



[PAC-10] UCLA stayed alive -- barely. Its 1-1 tie with San Diego in its final Pac-10 game of the season left it with an 8-8-3 record for the season and an outside shot at making the NCAA Tournament.

If the Bruins had lost to San Diego State in their regular-season finale, they would have finished with their first losing record in 41 years as an NCAA varsity sport and failed to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a quarter century. (The NCAA won't consider a team with a losing record for an at-large berth.)

Former U.S. U-17 star Kyle Nakazawa scored on a shot from 32 yards to give UCLA the lead in the first half, but the Aztecs evened the score on Matt McManus' goal early in the second half, scoring on a rebound after Bruin goalkeeper Brian Perk saved Kraig Chiles’ penalty kick

SDSU outshot the Bruins, 13-2, in the second half but couldn't put a second goal past Perk. The closest the Aztecs came was in the 89th minute when Perk was yellow-carded for holding the ball too long, giving the Aztecs an indirect free kick near the Bruin goal, but Evan Toft’s shot hit the crossbar and Nick Collins’ rebound shot sailed high.

Both teams had chances in a tense 20 minutes of overtime.

San Diego State is 8-7-3 and has one game remaining in the regular season. It entered the week ranked 59th in the NCAA's RPI index, making it a longshot to get in the NCAA Tournament. Despite its inferior record, UCLA was ranked 29th.

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