No. 7 Cal Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Visiting
BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 7 California Golden Bears (10-4-1, 4-3-1 Pac-12) fell in heartbreaking fashion 4-3 to the Oregon State Beavers (10-6-1, 3-4-1 Pac-12) on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Freshman Timmy Mueller scored with just 10 seconds remaining, after Cal had equalized in the 88th minute. The Beavers started the match very quickly, scoring twice inside the first nine minutes with goals by senior forward Khiry Shelton and freshman forward Jordan Jones. Cal pulled one back seconds before halftime when senior co-captainOmid Jalali found the back of the net. Jones added Oregon State’s third in the 61st minute for the visitors. Freshman midfielder Aravind Sivakumar and senior forward Stefano Bonomo helped bring the home side into a 3-3 tie with two minutes to play, but Mueller spoiled the afternoon with his winner.
Much like they did in the reverse fixture on Oct. 5 in Corvallis, Ore., the Beavers were flying out of the gates. Shelton opened the scoring on a breakaway off of a counterattack, beating Cal senior goalkeeper Justin Taillole to the near post to push Oregon State to a 1-0 lead.
Only five minutes later, Oregon State doubled its advantage through freshman forward Jordan Jones. Sophomore defender Devonte Small played a ball in to redshirt senior midfielder Brandon Anderson and his inch-perfect cross picked out Jones, who headed it into the bottom corner.
It nearly got much worse for the Bears when in the 22nd minute, the Beavers were awarded a penalty kick on a hand ball in the area. Shelton stepped up to the spot, but it was Taillole who came up large, saving Shelton’s bid for a second goal, and third for Oregon State to keep the score at 2-0.
The Bears nearly pulled one back in the 41st minute when some nice combination play between redshirt freshman Matt Chasman, Jalali and freshman midfielder Eloi Vasquez. Jalali slid a pass through to Vasquez, who was in alone on goal. Vasquez beat redshirt junior goalkeeper Matt Bersano, but his shot went just inches wide.
Cal seized the momentum literally seconds from halftime, on the back of a Jalali goal. A ball was played in to freshman forward Paul Salcedo, and his pass was slid across the face of goal to Jalali, who powered his shot over the helpless Bersano to pull one back for Cal. The teams went into the break with the Beavers leading 2-1.
It was Oregon State however, who tallied the next goal, as Jones scored his second on the day in the 61st minute off of a long ball from senior midfielder Will Seymore to stretch the advantage to 3-1.
The Bears were not done, fighting their way back into the match. In the 74th minute, after Jalali drew a foul, Sivakumar found the back of the net for his first career goal on the ensuing free kick. His shot went low through the Beavers’ wall, leaving Bersano no chance, and found the bottom corner at the near post.
Just moments later, Cal nearly equalized when Salcedo went in alone on Bersano after an exquisite touch sent him through. Bersano was up to the task, however, making himself big and coming up with the huge save for Oregon State.
The Golden Bears pushed hard for the tying goal and found it just two minutes from time when senior forward Connor Hallisey’s inch-perfect cross found Bonomo inside the area. The senior’s snap header went into the side netting at the near post for his team-high ninth goal of the year, to draw the Bears level at 3-3, sending the home crowd, and Cal bench into delirium.
That excitement was drowned out with just 10 seconds to play when Oregon State sophomore forward Michael Steele sent in a sweeping cross that Mueller rose for and finished off the crossbar to snatch the three points for the Beavers. With the goal, his 11th goal of the season, Mueller sent Oregon State to their 10th win on the season and a sweep of the Golden Bears in 2014.
Cal returns home on Sunday, Nov. 9 when they host No. 3 Washington at 1 p.m. PT at Edwards Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks and fans are encouraged to follow @CalMensSoccer on Twitter for all of the latest news and in-game updates.
Because of the Berkeley Half Marathon, there will be several road closures that could affect traffic and parking for Cal athletic events taking place Sunday. Most of the road closures will be over by mid-morning, but some will extend into the afternoon.
1 2 F
Oregon State 2 2 4
No. 7 Cal 1 2 3
OSU – 3:04 Shelton, Khiry (Seymore, Will)
OSU – 9:06 Jones, Jordan (Andreson, Brendan and Small, Devante)
Cal – 44:57 Jalali, Omid (Salcedo, Paul)
OSU – 58:43 Jones, Jordan (Seymore, Will)
Cal – 73:05 Sivakumar, Aravind (unassisted)
Cal – 87:53 Bonomo, Stefano (Hallisey, Connor)
OSU – 89:50 Mueller, Timmy (Steele, Michael)
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