Men's Soccer Powers Past Oregon State, 4-0

Oct. 28, 2001

BERKELEY - The University of California men's soccer team (8-5-1) returned to the playing field after an emotional, 1-0, shutout of fourth-ranked Washington Friday, to blast Oregon State (5-8-0), 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.

There was no evidence of a let down as the Bears stormed out of the gates with 10 shots in the first half. Senior midfielder Chris Roner scored two goals for Cal, netting the eventual game-winner in the 22nd minute on a corner kick.

Mike Munoz setup the goal with a cross that junior Patrick Fisher slightly headed to a wide open Roner, who just tapped it in from five feet out.

'Fisher had the perfect flick on it, all I had to do was put it in,' said Roner. 'It was a pretty simple goal. The rest of the guys did the work.'

The Bears clamped down on the Beavers in the first half allowing no shots and just one corner kick. OSU's Peter Billmeyer made three saves in the first period and five for the game.

Freshman Carl Acosta scored his first career goal at the 66th minute as Fisher sent a pass to Austin Ripmaster, who then drew two defenders and released a pass to Acosta to give Cal a 2-0 lead.

The third goal of the afternoon came when Billmeyer tripped up Ripmaster in the box, obstructing a sure goal. As a result, the Beaver keeper was given a yellow card and Cal was awarded a penalty kick. Senior defender Leo Krupnik capitalized on the opportunity, netting his second goal of the year.

With a lot of the Bear reserves in the game and the contest out of reach, sophomore Matt Lawler assisted on Roner's second goal of the afternoon in the 89th minute.

'It was a great weekend for us beating Washington and then coming back and having a strong performance against Oregon State,' said coach Kevin Grimes. 'It puts us closer to the playoffs and we're all really excited right now.'

After dropping its first two conference matches, the Bears evened up their league record to 2-2 and now face a hungry Sacramento State squad on the road, followed by another huge Pac-10 home game when they play UCLA. Cal faces the Hornets, Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. before hosting the Bruins at Edwards Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 4, also at 2 p.m.

'The team showed a lot of character and a lot of heart, bouncing back from our first two Pac-10 games on the road and really had a tremendous weekend,' said Grimes. 'Two shutouts against two very good teams and I'm also really proud of the way the guys have hung together and played this year.'

Men's Soccer Result at Edwards Stadium

                1   2    FOregon State    0   0    0California      1   3    4

Goals :CAL - Chris Roner 21:53 (Fisher, Munoz)CAL - Carl Acosta 65:58 (Fisher, Ripmaster)CAL - Leo Krupnik 71:34 (Penalty Kick)CAL - Chris Roner 89:00 (Lawler)

Shots: - Oregon State 2 (0 SOG), California - 17 (9 SOG)

Saves:- Oregon State (Peter Billmeyer)5, Cal (Josh Saunders, Brian Walker) - 0

Fouls: - Oregon State 13, California - 9

Offsides: - Oregon State 0, California - 0

Records: - Oregon State (5-8-0, 1-3), California - (8-5-1, 2-2)

Attendance: 250

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