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Bruins outplay national champs

Missed opportunities help UCLA capture win

Junior midfielder Ryan Mack choked on his words as he talked about the penalty kick he missed in IU's 2-1 loss to UCLA Saturday night. Blades of grass clung to his elbows and chin, and sweat rolled over the scars on his cheeks and forehead as he stood on the field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Some of his teammates stood motionless, while others sat on the wet turf after the game.\nTheir coach, Jerry Yeagley, stood near the team's bench after the game with his arms crossed and a far away look in his eyes. The ninth largest crowd (4,418) for men's soccer at Armstrong Stadium filed out as time expired.\n"I should've made it," Mack said. "I thought I made a pretty good shot. The goalie made a pretty good save. There's nothing you can do about it now."\nThe Hoosiers were down 0-2 as Mack lined up for the penalty kick in the 57th minute, after a handball call against a UCLA player in the Bruins' penalty box. Mack's kick flew high and to the right of UCLA freshman goalkeeper D.J. Countess. Mack's head shot back as he watched Countess block the ball with his hands.\n"I can't remember the last time we missed a penalty kick," Yeagley said. "Ryan's usually pretty good, but their goalie is superb, and he was the difference tonight."\nSenior forward McKinley Tennyson, Jr. scored the first goal for UCLA as he outmaneuvered IU sophomore defender John Swann in the 25th minute. Tennyson unleashed a right cross that senior goalkeeper T.J. Hannig didn't touch. IU defense allowed seven shots in the first half, but settled to permit two in the second half.\nCountess, who was named the top defender of the tournament, made 10 saves compared to Hannig's three.\nSwann had to control Tennyson, a Hermann Trophy candidate, 24 hours after he guarded sophomore forward Conor Casey in a 3-0 loss to Portland. Swann changed directions to keep up with Tennyson, who zigzagged toward the goal. Tennyson escaped from Swann about 20 yards from goal.\nAfter he scored, Tennyson sprinted in front of IU's bench with his arms extended and his smiling face toward the crowd. \n"Coming in, I felt pretty confident with myself, but also behind me I had one of the best keepers in the nation in T.J. and a sweeper in (junior) Josh (Rife)," Swann said. "UCLA had one let down on Kay, and he got me. I'll take full blame for the first goal."\nSophomore defender Scot Thompson scored UCLA's second goal off a corner kick in the 42nd minute. \nIn the 65th minute, IU midfielder Pat Noonan, a sophomore, received a long pass from junior midfielder Bobby de St. Aubin. Noonan leaped as he headed the ball past Countess for IU's only goal of the tournament.\nWith the UCLA lead narrowed to one, the earlier botched penalty kick instilled more heartache.\nUCLA defenders clogged their penalty box, but IU outshot the Bruins 16-9 in the match. Portland outfouled the Hoosiers 26-13 Friday, but IU battered the Bruins 26-20 in fouls Saturday. Eight yellow cards were issued in Saturday's match, four to the Hoosiers. \nIU was outscored 5-1 over the weekend, leaving Mack and his teammates dazed on the field after Saturday's match.\n"We've got to fix up a lot of things," said Noonan, who was named to the all-tournament team with Mack. "We've got a lot more evaluating to go, and positions and stuff. We're not the IU team we should be and have been in the past. We don't have the heart right now. We'll find it, but hopefully it comes real soon, because if it doesn't, then it's going to be a long season"

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