Soccer Title To U.C.L.A.

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New York Times

U.C.L.A. captured the N.C.A.A. Division I soccer championship tonight but needed the longest game in collegiate history to outlast American University, 1-0.

The game went into the eighth overtime, for a total 166 minutes 5 seconds, before the defender Andy Burke scored with a left-footed shot from 13 yards inside the penalty area.

It was the first title for U.C.L.A. The previous N.C.A.A. record for the longest game was 159:16 by Indiana and Duke in the 1982 final.

The teams played 90 minutes of regulation time with hardly a serious scoring opportunity.

The best opportunities came in the first half as American outshot U.C.L.A., 10-2. The Eagles had dominated the first 45 minutes on the playmaking of the midfielder David Nakhid and the all-America forward Michael Brady. Brady came closest to scoring in the half when his shot from 25 yards was just wide to the right.

But U.C.L.A. took charge in the second half, dominating possession while failing to generate any serious threat.