Oct. 6, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Sacramento State scored twice on two outstanding shots, including one to tie the game in the final six minutes of regulation on a bicycle kick, to steal a 2-1 overtime victory over UNLV in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer contest on Friday night from Peter Johann Field.
UNLV (0-9-2, 0-3) controlled the game for the majority of regulation, holding the Hornets to just two shots in the first half, and then taking the lead on a Lamar Neagle goal in the 61st minute. The sophomore forward blasted a hard and curving shot from 28 yards that found the back of the net over Hornet goalkeeper Andrew Gangnuss.
The Rebels nearly put the game away 10 minutes later, when Hakim Zermouni stole the ball past midfield, and unloaded another hard shot that hit the top corner of the crossbar and the right post, was deflected straight down to the ground, just in front of the goal line, and then bounced back out into play.
Sacramento State (4-7, 1-1) kept fighting, and following a Rebel foul near midfield, found the tying score in the 85th minute. Oscar Sandoval received the ball just outside the box with his back to the goal, and with a Rebel defender on his back, quickly pulled off a bicycle kick to send the ball to the far left post past Rebel goalkeeper Calvin Bailey.
Neither team had a shot in the first overtime. The second overtime began with a shot by the Hornets that just missed the goal, and UNLV quickly countered with Neagle on a breakaway, but Sac State recovered just in time to knock the ball away before Neagle could unload a shot. The winning score came in the 109th minute, when Eli Millan blasted a shot from 35 yards out to the far left corner of the goal to end the game.
Both teams finished with eight shots in the game, though the Hornets held a 7-3 edge on corner kicks. Bailey and Gangnuss both finished with two saves each in goal.
UNLV will return to action on Sunday, hosting MPSF rival San Jose State at 1 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field.