Cal Plays to 0-0 Double Overtime Tie with LMU
Sept. 1, 2002
The California men's soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime tie with the Loyola Marymount Lions in the final game of the 2002 Fall Classic on Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field. Bear senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders kept LMU scoreless through 110:00 minutes of play.
It was a goalkeeper's showcase from the very start as Cal (0-1-1 Overall) put up 10 shots to LMU's (1-0-1 Overall) 18 with nothing getting by either keeper. Bears' goalkeeper Josh Saunders collected five saves on the day while LMU's Sthay picked up four saves.
Despite the 0-0 tie, the scoring chances were there for both teams. Cal senior Patrick Fisher took a hard 20-yard shot early in the game which was dug out by Sthay. Just 11 minutes into the second half, Sthay stopped a 15-yard shot from Bears sophomore Carl Acosta.
LMU led in corner kicks, drawing four of their 12 in the extra periods. The Bears were unable to score off of their six corner kicks, two of which were in the first overtime period.
Cal had two great looks at a goal in the second extra period. Bears freshman Pieter Berger drilled a shot from 10-yards which was turned away by the Lions keeper Sthay. Cal freshman Nick Hatzke took the rebound off of Sthay and served a ball over the keeper and into the net where LMU's Erush was waiting to kick it out to midfield.
It was nonstop action to the very last second as Lion junior Salvador Diaz got a shot off with just three seconds remaining in the second overtime; that shot was blocked by a defenders leg and deflected back to midfield to end the game.
Cal State Northridge became the 2002 Fall Classic Champions with a 1-0 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay earlier in the day. Northridge was 2-0 on the weekend.
California will host the Bay Area Classic at Sullivan Field, beginning this Friday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m against Portland.
Men's Soccer Results at Sullivan FieldLos Angeles, CA
1st 2nd OT 02 FinalLoyola Marymount 0 0 0 0 - 0California 0 0 0 0 - 0
Records:Loyola Marymount 1-0-1 (0-0 in WCC)Cal 0-1-1 (0-0 in Pac-10)