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UC Irvine Athletics | September 28, 2014

Eaters prevail

LAS VEGAS -- Nervous moments for No. 4 UC Irvine were quashed by Gor Kirakosyan and Eduardo Calzada as the Anteaters defeated Utah Valley 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday as part of the UNLV Rebel Classic.

After one total shot in the first overtime period, Eduardo Calzada buried the game-winner in the 103rd minute off a long entry pass surprising Utah Valley goalkeeper Collin Partee.

The Wolverines struck first drawing a foul and burying a penalty kick in the 52nd minute via Matt Gay to make it 1-0 Utah Valley.

The 'Eaters rallied back earning possession down the stretch and tying it in the 80th minute as an Cameron Iwasa pass found Gor Kirakosyan who redirected it in to make it 1-1.

The 'Eaters and Wolverines traded punches in the first half. Utah Valley (4-3-0) managed five shots with three on target through the opening period. UCI (8-0-1) came back with a flurry in the final minute as Iwasa and Lester Hayes III crashed the net, but Partee kept them out as the match remained scoreless at the half.

The match would go into overtime with the 'Eaters sporting a 16-11 shot advantage including eight saves from 'Eater keeper Michael Breslin.

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