No. 6 UC Irvine scores golden goal in win against San Diego
IRVINE, Calif. -- Sixth-ranked UC Irvine returned home for the first time in three weeks and stayed a little longer, needing overtime to vanquish San Diego 1-0 Sunday evening at Anteater Recreation Center Field.
Gor Kirakosyan found himself in the right spot in the 92nd minute running onto a Cameron Iwasa cross and one-touching it inside the right post for the game-winner.
UC Irvine (6-0-1) was frustrated during regulation, unable to score despite an 11-3 shot advantage. Iwasa had three of those shots including a long, twisting attempt from the right wing that smacked off the crossbar as the 90th minute approached.
USD (2-2-4) hung around throughout the match. The defensive-minded Toreros kept the match even through the first half, matching UCI on shots, shots on goal and fouls, and even earned the only corner kick.
Michael Breslin stopped one shot en route to his second shutout of the year. Six Anteaters filled out a clean sheet including the entire backline of Noah Gaines, Bryan Breslin, Matt Tilley and Thomas Janjigian. Janjigian added an assist, his second of the season, building up the game-winning strike.
Torero keeper Thomas Olsen wasn't tested too much, only stopping one shot as well. Connor Brandt produced two of the Toreros' three shots in the contest.