Done In By A Hat Trick
Sept. 17, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Willie Sims' hat trick in the second half helped 25th-ranked Cal State Northridge (4-1-1) break a halftime tie on the way to a 5-3 victory over UNLV (2-4) on the second day of the OSU Diadora Classic, hosted by Oregon State.
The teams traded goals twice in the first half. The Matadors began the scoring in the 12th minute, as Taylor Canel converted on a penalty kick for a 1-0 CSUN lead. UNLV answered back in the 28th minute when Martin Kenny scored his first goal of the season after heading in a cross from Nicholas Patterson at 27:12. However, CSUN gained the lead back just 16 seconds later, on Canel's second goal of the half, this time on a hard shot to the top right corner, off an assist from Facio Gianni.
Rod Dyachenko knotted the score again at 2-2 in the 42nd minute after a long run from the midfielder, and dribbled through the defense in the box before sending a shot to the back of the net for his team-leading third goal of the season.
Gianni set up the Matadors' next goal, as he sent a long pass downfield to Sims, who then spun around and slotted a shot into the goal for a 3-2 CSUN lead in the 48th minute. The Rebels tied the game again in the 50th minute on Mason Trafford's first career goal, after he one-timed a pass from Kenny into the left corner of the goal.
The game remained tied for the next 25 minutes, until the Matadors received a free kick following a UNLV foul. Sims took the free kick, and sent the ball to the left post for his second score of the day and a 4-3 lead in the 75th minute. Following a UNLV red card that had the Rebels playing shorthanded the final 13 minutes, Sims completed his hat trick as he collected a pass from Chad Borak on the left side, and sent a shot through Rebel goalkeeper Peter Clitheroe for the 5-3 lead and final score of the afternoon.
CSUN held a 22-8 edge on shots for the game. Clitheroe played the first 81 minutes in goal, and finished with seven saves and five goals allowed, while Matador goalie Kevin Guppy posted four saves while allowing three goals.
The Rebels will return to action on Friday, as they host UC Riverside at 7 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field.