Oct. 17, 2015
UCLA CAN'T STOP NO. 3 STANFORD
Bruins men fall after equalizer waved off
U.S. national-teamer Jordan Morris tallied midway through the second half and third-ranked Stanford pulled out a 2-1 road victory Friday night over UCLA to pull three points clear in the Pacific 12 Conference standings.
Amir Bashti gave the Cardinal (10-1-1 overall, 3-0-1 Pac-12) a lead just before halftime, but UCLA (6-6-0, 2-2-0) pulled even through Abu Danladi at the start of the second half in front of 2,755 at Drake Stadium.
Jose Hernandez scored a late equalizer for the Bruins, but it was controversially flagged offside.
UCLA outshot Stanford, 15-6, but they put only three shots on frame in a defensive battle. The Cardinal put only two shots on goal, both hitting the net.
“Tonight was as tough of a loss as we've had in the past couple of years in Pac-12 play,” Bruins coach Jorge Salcedo said on his school's athletics website. “We gave away both goals by giving the ball away in bad parts of the field, and, on the second goal, Jordan Morris showed his quality on the finish. We outplayed them for the majority of the game, but, unfortunately, we don't get the result.”
The Cardinal, who Sunday visit San Diego State, is three points ahead of Oregon State, which plays Sunday at Washington. UCLA is third in the Pac-12.
Bashti chested into the goal a deflected Adrian Alabi cross in the 44th minute, but Danladi blasted home a deflected Chase Gasper header in the 48th to pull the Bruins even.
Morris scored from a series of passes following a UCLA turnover near midfield, firing into the upper-right corner from the top-left corner of the box.
Hernandez scored in the 85th minute from a Nathan Smith cross, but Larry Ndjock, who didn't appear to be involved in the play, was ruled offside.
Ndjock was red-carded following the final whistle.
The Bruins are home Monday evening against California.