Los Angeles Soccer: Henry Ortlip
August, 28, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
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.