Cal Plays Oregon State to 2-2 Tie
BERKELEY – California got goals from Michael Munoz and Kyle Marsh and held a 2-1 lead late against Oregon State, but the Beavers scored to send the game to overtime and ultimately tie the Golden Bears, 2-2, after two extra periods on Friday at Edwards Stadium.
“A great Pac-12 battle today,” Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. “Every game is nip and tuck. It’s usually one play here or there that makes the difference. Both teams played hard and played well today.”
The Bears twice broke out to leads. Munoz, a junior forward, ran onto a through ball by sophomore forward Michael Shaddock and scored from close range to give Cal a 1-0 lead at 27:32.
Alex Eckerson knotted the game at 1-1 when he corralled a loose ball at the top of Cal’s penalty area and fired into Cal’s net.
The match stayed tied at 1-1 at halftime.
At 57:59, sophomore midfielder Kyle Marsh, making his fifth start of the year, headed in freshman midfielder Connor Hallisey’s cross to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.
Cal held onto that lead for more than 20 minutes. But at 80:06, OSU’s Emery Welshman played a through ball to Roberto Farfan, who scored from close range to tie the match at 2-2 and eventually send the game to overtime.
The teams each took a total of four shots in the two overtime periods, including junior forward John Fitzpatrick forcing a save out of OSU goalkeeper Steve Spangler at 106:27 and junior midfielder Tony Salciccia firing a shot that was blocked at 107:03. Salciccia’s effort was the last shot of the match, which ended in the 2-2 tie.
“The result wasn’t what we were looking for,” Salciccia said. “It was a tough game. I felt we were battling hard. The only thing we can do is prepare and look forward to Washington. It was definitely a frustrating game for all of us. We wanted to win, we wanted that next goal and we wanted to keep the leads we had. But it just didn’t happen.”
Sophomore goalie Robby Gogatz made seven saves in 110 minutes for the Bears, while Spangler made six for OSU.
Cal returns to the pitch at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, when it welcomes Washington for another Pac-12 Conference clash at Edwards Stadium.
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