Monge's Golden Goal Gives UCLA 1-0 Win over Oregon St.
Oct. 30, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. - Junior midfielder Fernando Monge scored a golden goal in the 102nd minute to give the No. 10/12 UCLA men's soccer team a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Oregon State.
The Bruins improved to 12-4-1 on the year and remain undefeated in conference play at 7-0. This was also the Bruins' tenth consecutive victory over a Pac-12 opponent dating back to last year, which is now the third longest streak in school history. The Beavers fell to 5-10-2 overall and are 3-5-1 in Pac-12 play.
UCLA also only needs to earn one more point in their next three games to secure their seventh Pac-12 title after San Diego State fell to Washington today. The Bruins are six points clear of the Huskies for first place and have played two less conference games than Washington. They are also nine points ahead of San Diego State with each team having three Pac-12 games remaining on the schedule.
Despite outshooting the Beavers 18-9 in the first two halves, the Bruins were unable to find the back of the net and the two sides headed to overtime. Kelyn Rowe had a great chance to end the game one minute into overtime when he took the ball into the box and shot it far post. But the ball went just wide and the two teams remained deadlocked. Monge almost won the game for the Bruins in the seventh minute of the first overtime when he took a shot at the top of the box. But again UCLA was denied as Monge's shot hit the post. Oregon State and UCLA went into a second overtime where Monge finally won the game for the Bruins in the 102nd minute. Eder Arreola started the play by sending a corner kick into the box, where Andy Rose headed it to Victor Chavez who's shot bounced off the post. Fernando was there to pick up the rebound though and put it into the goal to seal the 1-0 win for the Bruins.
UCLA outshot Oregon State 24-9 in the match and Brian Rowe earned his 11th victory and sixth shutout of the year with three saves.
The Bruins will next travel to the Bay Area where they will take on California on Friday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 pm and Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 pm.
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