Sept. 4, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The ninth-ranked UCLA scored three first half goals and limited No. 2 Maryland to just seven shots as the Bruins defeated the Terrapins 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Drake Stadium. UCLA Freshman Sal Zizzo scored a goal and two assists as the Terps fell to 1-1 on the season.
"We were a shadow of ourselves today," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "UCLA played extremely well in the first half and took advantage of their opportunities. We competed better in the second half.
"At the end of the day, this game will serve a great purpose for us and will make us a much better and stronger team."
The Bruins (1-1) controlled the first half, and a quick counter attack paid off on UCLA's first goal. Freshman Sal Zizzo controlled the ball at midfield who sent the ball down the right flank to a streaking Marvell Wynne. Wynne used his speed to get past the Terrapin defense and sent a cross that connected with Kamani Hill for the score in just the game's eighth minute.
The Terps appeared to get the equalizer minutes later from the foot of Jason Garey, but the goal was nullified by an offside call.
The Bruins went up 2-0 in the 38th minute as Zizzo again played a part in the Bruin goal, working down the right side before sending a cross in the air which was headed in by Evan Corey. UCLA grabbed a 3-0 lead heading into halftime after Luke Mehring headed in a corner kick sent by Jordan Harvey in the game's 43rd minute.
Despite giving up the three goals, Maryland starter Craig Salvati recorded five saves in the first half between the pipes.
The Terps were sharper in the second half, but could not get enough possession in the Bruin end to generate any offense. The Bruins finished off the Terps after Mike Zaher sent a high cross that was partially deflected by Maryland keeper Chris Seitz - who played the entire second half in goal for the Terps -- and fell to the foot of Zizzo who notched the score at 79:45.
UCLA out-shot Maryland 17-7 in the game, and the Terps failed to get a shot on goal.
The Terps will open the home portion of the schedule on Friday against No. 21 Santa Clara in the sixth-annual Maryland/adidas Classic at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live by CN8. Virginia Commonwealth and Georgetown will begin the double header on Friday at 5 p.m.
Noteworthy: Maryland starts the season 1-1 for the first time since 2002 ... UCLA evened the all-time series between the two schools at 2-2 ... the four-goal deficit was the largest since 2000 (North Carolina defeated Maryland 5-1) ... the last time Maryland surrendered four goals was last season against Penn State ... following that game, Maryland won eight straight ... the attendance for Sunday's game was 1,129 ... head coach Sasho Cirovski and striker Jason Garey will be guests on Terp Talk on Monday night from 9-10 on ESPN Radio 1330 in Baltimore.