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Bruin seniors gain redemption for '06 title game loss
November 30th, 2009 9AM
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[UCLA-UC SANTA BARBARA 2-1] UCLA rallied from an early deficit to beat UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, on goals by Fernando Monge and Ryan Hollingshead before 2,458 fans, the largest home crowd ever for an NCAA Tournament game, and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 19th time.

Los Angeles, CA - In a rematch of the 2006 NCAA Championship game, it was UCLA who came away with the 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals to face Wake Forest.

The Bruins got two unanswered goals after David Walker put the Gauchos ahead in the 11th minute.

In the 15th minute, Andy Rose got a shot off that UCSB goalkeeper Sam Hayden saved, but the rebound went to Monge, who scored from close range for his second goal of the year.
UCLA went ahead 2-1 in the 37th minute after a steal by Kyle Nakazawa at midfield. Hollingshead and Nakazawa played a nifty give-and-go near the top of the box, and Hollingshead finished with a shot to the right corner that gave the Bruins the lead they would not relinquish.
UC Santa Barbara pushed the attack in the second half, looking for the equalizer, but Bruin keeper Brian Perk was up to the challenge, making saves on a hard shot by Josue Madueno and on Luis Silva's shot in the last minute.
"Perk is a great goalkeeper and our [U.S.] under-20 goalkeeper for a reason," Walker said. "But we also made it easy for him - we kicked balls right at him. These are things we'll need to develop next year."

The win improved UCLA's record against UCSB to 31-3-2, though the Gauchos won the most important matchup between the two teams in the 2006 NCAA championship game, 2-1.

UCLA seniors David Estrada, Michael Stephens and Nakazawa played the full 90 minutes three years in freezing temperatures in St. Louis. Sean Alvarado also saw action in the game. Only one Gaucho who played in the 2006 game remains -- Walker, who came off the bench for that contest.

"We have a pretty big core of seniors on our team, and it was in the back of our heads tonight," said Nakazawa. "It is a bit of redemption ... with a way better ending."

Nov. 29 in Los Angeles
UCLA 2 UC Santa Barbara 1.
10:17 UCSB-Walker (10) McGlynn
14:24 UCLA-Monge (2) Rose
36:12 UCLA-Hollingshead (4) Nakazawa
Perk, Singh, Rose, Alvarado, Serrano, Nakazawa, Okugo, Stephens, Monge, Hoffman, Estrada. Subs: Collins, Hollingshead, Roman, Raynr.
UC Santa Barbara -- Hayden, Boxall, David, Tetteh, McGlynn, Hedevag, Silva, Barrera, Nonni, Walker, Ibrahim. Subs: Ryan, Madueno, Zerah.
Referee: Mohamed Mahmoud.
Att.: 2,458.

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