BAKER'S HEADER IN OVERTIME GIVES MEN'S SOCCER 2-1 VICTORY OVER LOYOLA MARYMOUNT IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Bryan Baker headed home the game-winning goal in the first overtime session off of a free kick from junior Fernando Cabadas, giving the Sacramento State men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over host Loyola Marymount, and their first ever NCAA Tournament win.
With the win, the Hornets improve to 12-5-3 on the season, and will take on the sixth seeded UCLA Bruins on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m.
The Hornets had their first strong opportunity in the 15th minute, as following a Loyola Marymount foul, Sacramento State earned a free kick from just outside the box, but junior Ernesto Carranza's shot was saved by Lions 'keeper Patrick Sampson. Freshman Max Alvarez, the leading scorer in the MPSF this season, had his first crack at a shot in the 23rd minute, but pushed his long blast from 25 yards out just wide of the goal.
Sacramento State scored their first strike in the 28th minute, as Alvarez had a blast on goal deflected away by Sampson, but the ball found the awaiting foot of senior Scott Crandall, who blasted it into the net for his fourth goal of the season, giving the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
After intermission, Loyola Marymount gained control of the play for the next 45 minutes, taking 13 shots, including the game tying goal. In the 74th minute, Rafael Baca fed Vincent Ocampo, who took one touch and hammered the ball past sophomore Hornet 'keeper Bryan Oliver to tie the score at 1-1.
LMU had the first chance of the overtime session, but Oliver came up with a big save of a shot off the foot of Brock Smith in the 96th minute, keeping the score tied at 1-1.
Following a Lion foul from 25 yards out, Cabadas served a free kick that found the head of Baker, who scored his second goal of the season to send Sacramento State on to the round of 32. Cabadas also made history on the assist, as he broke the school record for assists in a single-season with nine.
For the match, the Lions outshot the Hornets 22-12, but Sacramento State was more dangerous with their chances, putting six of their shots on goal, to just four for LMU.
Alvarez led the Hornets with four shots, while Cabadas, Carranza and Crandall each added two apiece. Oliver posted three saves in goal for the Hornets, and improved his record on the season to 8-1-2.
Sacramento State heads into the match with the Bruins, who are 10-3-4 and ranked No. 8 in the latest NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll, riding a 10 match unbeaten streak. Sacramento State is 8-0-2 since a 2-1 loss at San Jose State on October 8. In the last NSCAA Far West region poll, published Nov. 10, UCLA was ranked third, while the Hornets were ranked eighth.
Winners of the Pac-10 title for the second straight year, UCLA is making its 27th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having won the national title four times (1985, 1990, 1997, and 2002). They have advanced to the College Cup 12 times, with their most recent trip coming in 2006. The Bruins were members of the MPSF along with the Hornets from 1992-1999, and posted a perfect 4-0-0 record against Sacramento State. The last meeting between the two clubs came in 1998 at Hornet Soccer Field, a 3-0 victory for UCLA.