A 28th-minute goal by Cal Poly's Ryan Anderson was enough to end UCLA's season, as the Mustangs recorded their first ever NCAA Tournament win, 1-0, in first round action at Drake Stadium Friday night. Cal Poly (11-5-6) advances to the second round to face 14th-seeded UC Irvine on Tuesday, while UCLA ends its season at 10-5-6.
Both teams lost players to red cards in a heated affair as Anderson and UCLA's Prince Lapnet were ejected in the first half.
UCLA outshot Cal Poly by an 18-15 count, but failed to convert on several good chances to score but was thwarted on several attempts. In the 42nd minute, UCLA's Danny Suits had a shot inside the box get cleared off the line by a Cal Poly defender and Eder Arreola hit the right post in the 60th minute.
"We had been playing well for so many weeks, but unfortunately it was just not a good night for us," said UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo. "It's tough for us to lose the way we did. We created chances but just couldn't make it happen. Cal Poly played hard and deserved to win."
The Bruins, who had entered the tournament on an eight-game unbeaten streak, lost for the first time since Oct. 12.