Oct. 22, 2011
Irvine, Calif. -
Cameron Iwasa's first goal of the year proved decisive Saturday night as UC Irvine beat Cal State Fullerton, 1-0 in overtime, in Big West Conference men's soccer.
Miguel Ibarra and Marco Franco assisted on Iwasa's goal, a chip shot from about 15 yards straight out.
UCI snapped a 2-match losing streak and improved to 13-4 overall and 5-2 to hold onto a share of first-place in the Big West. Fullerton, which had been 0-0-3 in overtime this season, fell to 7-5-3 overall and 1-4-1 in the Big West.
"The players are obviously hurting and I really feel for them," said Head Coach Bob Ammann. "They battled and didn't deserve to be on the losing end tonight.
"It's a bitter pill to swallow, but our goal of getting into the tournament is still achievable and if we play like we did tonight it will be difficult for any of our remaining opponents."
Goalkeepers Trevor Whiddon for Fullerton and Andrew Fontein for UCI each made 5 saves. Each team was credited with 15 shots and each had 7 cornerkicks.
Fullerton's next match is at surprising UC Riverside on Wednesday night. The Highlanders completed a season sweep of UC Santa Barbara Saturday night with a win in Goleta, 3-2.