Fukuda, Bears are Golden, Topple Spartans, 2-1 OT
Nov. 9, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - Cal won a thriller today at Edwards Stadium, 2-1 OT, over San Jose State. The Bears recorded their first golden goal of the season off the foot of Yohei Fukuda in the 94th minute for the game-winner. The win improves Cal's record to 9-8-2 and improves the Bears' chances of getting a bid into the NCAA Tournament. San Jose State fell to 10-6-2.
The Bears came out the first half with a lot of emotion, sensing they could ill-afford a loss at this juncture. Behind a raucous bench, Cal played aggressively, moving the ball efficiently with quick passing. Pieter Berger, who has gained more playing time in past weeks, almost put the Bears ahead on the first chance of the game, but his powerful header sailed just over the crossbar. Both Andrew Jacobson and Mike Munoz had shots headed for goal off successive corners, but Spartan goalkeeper, Tyler Tratten, made two lunging saves to keep the game scoreless.
San Jose State didn't manage their first shot until the 43rd minute, an indication of how much Cal controlled the ball. The Spartans headed for the locker room looking for answers, while Cal was left wondering what it needed to do to break through.
The second half started in a far different manner than the first. Both teams went back in forth, neither maintaining possession. Suddenly, the Spartans broke through. Frank Sanfillippo's high cross was met by the head of Randy Poggio for a goal in the 55th minute.
The Bears faced desperation now. Cal pushed forward earning corner after corner, until one of their attacking maneuvers paid off.
With the box loaded with Bears, Carl Acosta found himself in open space on the right side. He chipped a cross over to an unmarked Kyle Navarro, who headed the ball in for the tying goal in the 63rd minute. The Bears grabbed the ball out of the net and raced back to midfield, acknowledging that there was unfinished business to attend to.
The last 25 minutes were played at a frantic pace. Cal pushed forward creating many chances. The Bears out shot the Spartans 21-5 and won a season high 12 corners to the Spartans one. The Spartans counterattacked, almost catching the Cal defense out of position.
Ultimately, the final whistle blew and the game headed for two extra sessions.
Cal only needed one. In the 94th minute, Kyle Navarro pushed forward on the right side, as he had done all game. He slotted a ball through to Yohei Fukuda, who beat his defender and found himself one on one with the goalie. Fukuda drilled a shot across goal and in. The Bears bench erupted, led by Kevin Grimes giddy leap into the air.
Fukuda, mobbed by his teammates, was overwhelmed after the game.
'Probably never had a bigger goal in my life,' Fukuda said. 'This is my first golden goal. We just have to get a streak together. We have to win our next game at Stanford.'
The Bears will surely not savor this victory for too long. The Cardinal awaits and a win could mean a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
For today though, the Bears could celebrate being golden for the first time this season.
Men's Soccer Result 1st 2nd OTCalifornia 0 1 1 -- 2San Jose State 0 1 0 -- 0
Scoring SummarySJSU Poggio (Sanfilippo) 54:22CAL Navarro (Acosta) 62:26CAL Fukuda (Navarro) 93:16
Shots: Cal: 21, SJSU 5.Shots on Goal: Cal: 9, SJSU 5.Saves: Cal: 4, SJSU: 7.CK: Cal: 12: SJSU 1.Fouls: Cal: 12, SJSU: 15.Offsides: Cal: 0, SJSU: 5.Yellow Cards: Cal: None, SJSU: Pender (60:07).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal: 9-8-2 (4-4-1 Pac-10), SJSU: 10-6-2 (5-1)Attendance: 367.
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