BERKELEY, Calif. – Freshman defender Alex Cover’s 92nd-minute goal lifted the Oregon State men’s soccer team to a 1-0 overtime win over California Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif.
“This was a very gutsy and resilient performance from our team,” said Oregon State head coach Terry Boss. “Today was about finding a way to win against a very good Cal team. Our guys gave everything today and refused to settle for anything less than three points. I could not be more proud of this team.”
Cover’s score marked his first career goal, as the Englishman found the net following up a shot from junior Loke Strenov.
Fellow freshman Adrian Fernandez recorded five saves to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season. As a team, Oregon State moves to 8-4-3 on the season and 4-2-1 in Pac-12 play.
Oregon State started the match on the front foot, creating a pair of scoring chances and earning a corner kick within the first six minutes. California would battle back, taking six shots in the opening 45 minutes, before the sides headed to the break scoreless.
Sofiane Djeffal took the Beavers’ first shot of the second half, firing just wide in the 56th minute. The freshman followed that up with his second shot of the match four minutes later, but the effort was blocked.
Gloire Amanda took aim in the 80th minute, but his shot was off target. Tchilao missed high in the 87th, and the teams headed to overtime with the score level at zero.
Cover finished off the match less than two minutes into extra time to send the Beavers back to Corvallis victorious.
The Beavers will return to Lorenz Field this week, as they host San Diego State and UCLA in their final two home games of the regular season.
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