Gunn: 'We were dominant in every sense of the game'

[STANFORD-UCLA: Men] Zach Batteer's goal in the 57th minute gave No. 9 Stanford a 1-1 draw with No. 3 UCLA. The Cardinal dominated the game but had to come from behind after Aaron Simmons put the Bruins ahead in the 49th minute.

Batteer scored for the second straight game for the Cardinal, which finished with a 28-9 edge in shots and earned its first result against UCLA in almost four years.

“We are really happy with that performance tonight,” Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. “We were dominant in every sense of the game. We were incredible in the first half and in the second I still felt we were the better team, but … by the end of the game it’s anybody’s to take. If it was a boxing match, I think we’re ahead on rounds. You shouldn’t complain about at a tie, but obviously you look at the way we’re playing -- we’re playing to win.”

UCLA’s first real quality look came in the 49th minute and the Bruins took advantage. Brian Iloski fed Simmons, who put the Bruins ahead with their first good chance.

“That’s what’s so wonderful and so awful about soccer,” Gunn added. “You look at how we played and we were fantastic in the first half. At halftime you’re always thinking, ‘How are they getting their chances?’ That’s a question we ask and we didn’t have an answer because they didn’t have any chances in the first.”

Eight minutes later Corey Baird dribbled through the Bruin defense to the top of the box, where je played the ball through to Batteer, who beat UCLA’s Earl Edwards Jr. to the far post.
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