ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.. -- Christian Bowers'' goal in the 79th minute led Denver to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Sacramento State men''s soccer team in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Thursday evening at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Hornets end the 2002 season with a 5-10-4 overall record.
After a scoreless first period, Sacramento State took the first lead in the contest in the 63rd minute when junior forward David Fraser found the net in front of the Pioneer goal. The play was set up when junior midfielder Joel Rodriguez dribbled the ball up the right sideline and crossed a pass to Frasier in front of the net. Fraser collected the pass with one touch then placed a strike on the right side of the goal for the score.
Denver evened the contest in the 74th minute when Thomas Flynn connected on an unassisted goal from the right side. The Pioneers took advantage of the swing in momentum when they recorded the eventual game winner less than five minutes later with Bowers'' unassisted goal.
The Hornets'' final opportunity to tie the game came with less than 20 seconds remaining when Fraser crossed a ball from the left side to sophomore forward Patrick Nelle. Nelle attempted to toe the ball into the net but the shot sailed over the goal and time eventually expired.
Fraser finished the year as the Hornets'' top scorer with six goals, three assists and 15 points. Freshman goalkeeper Matt McDougall led all keepers with 58 saves and three shutouts. Seniors Justin Ancheta, Sergio Cruz, Sean Kazemi, Hjalti Kristjansson and David Rios competed in the final game of their Hornet careers.