A start-of-the-season showdown between No. 1 and No. 2 failed to fall UCLA's way Saturday. The Bruins, ranked as high as second in the national polls, dropped a rematch with top-ranked Louisville.
An early own goal and All-American Colin Rolfe's finish 89 seconds into the second half carried the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory in front of a record crowd of 7,821 at Cardinal Park.
Louisville rallied for a last-minute, 5-4 victory over UCLA in the snow in last year's NCAA quarterfinals. The Cardinals lost to Akron in the Division I title game.
UCLA, with a sophomore-heavy squad expected to contend for a fourth national title -- and its first since 2002 -- were in a hole almost from the start. Ryan Hollingshead's attempt to head a sixth-minute Kenney Walker cross back to Bruins goalkeeper Brian Rowe failed, with the ball bouncing into the net.
Rolfe's strike in the 47th minute put the game out of reach. UCLA struggled to create opportunities against the Louisville defense and managed just two shots on target, both handled easily by Andre Boudreaux.
LMU DROPS OPENER: Chris Bettencourt's goal three minutes into overtime spoiled No. 19 Loyola Marymount's opener, giving Sacramento State a 1-0 triumph over the Lions for the third straight year. LMU outshot the Hornets, 17-8, and took 11 corner kicks but couldn't find the net.
“The hope is that this will be the best thing for us this season,” Lions head coach Paul Krumpe told the school's athletics website. “They came in here having already played a pair of exhibition games, and this was our first [game].
“You would like to come in here with all the bugs worked out, but we didn't. We did some good things, but we didn't score. Showed us what we have to work on.”
In other men's action:
Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) scored a hat trick and assisted a fourth as Cal State Bakersfield hammered visiting UC Riverside, 5-1.
Henry Ortlip and freshman Carlos Garcia-Partida scored goals to lead NAIA eighth-ranked Azusa Pacific past No. 12 Oklahoma Baptist, 2-1, to close its Cougar Classic. NCAA Division II school Grand Canyon won the tournament with victories over APU and Westmont.
APU WOMEN TOP NATION'S BEST: Second-ranked Azusa Pacific got first-half goals from Emily Wood (Glendora/Glendora HS) and freshman Shannon Hardy to knock off three-time defending NAIA champion Lee (Tenn.), the nation's No. 1 team, in Portland, Ore.
Wood scored in the ninth minute and Hardy in the 43rd for the Cougars, who have won three of six meetings with Lee the past five seasons but lost in last year's NAIA semifinal showdown.
“We’re going to enjoy it. ... I think you need to celebrate every win,” APU coach Jason Surrell, whose team had 17-11 shot and 10-1 corner kick advantages, told his school's athletics website. “They’ve been the standard, [so] it lets you know early on where you stand.”
Azusa Pacific 2 (Ortlip 44, Garcia-Partida 58), Oklahoma Baptist 1 (V. Costa 21)
Cal State Bakersfield 5 (Kindle 13, Sanchez 18, Zardes 18, 26, 74), UC Riverside 1 (Diaz Pizzaro 64)
Concordia 2, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 3
Grand Canyon 3 (Robinson 18, 73, Benavides 51), Westmont 1 (Darnall 72)
La Sierra 7 (Shelton 14, Ornelas 32, Escamilla 36, 58, Solis 45, Bonanken 48, Fontes 56), Arizona Christian 0
Louisville 2 (og Hollingshead 6, Rolfe 47), UCLA 0
Loyola Marymount 0, Sacramento State 1 (Bettencourt 94), OT
Soka 0, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 1 (Pegman 43)
UC Santa Barbara 3 (Opoku 19, 49, Schmetz 87), Seattle 1 (Cook 71)
Marymount 2 (Smith 56, 85), Trinity Christian (Ill.) 0
Azusa Pacific 2 (Wood 9, Hardy 43), Lee (Tenn.) 1 (Conrad 89)
Biola 1 (Cooley 49), Cal Poly Pomona 2 (Rivera 18, 108), OT
Concordia 1, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 0
Home teams listed first