Caltech Falls in Overtime Thriller to CLU
PASADENA, CA -- Caltech scored in the first half, Cal Lutheran answered in the second and a goal in the 105th minute of play for Raul Yepez clinched the victory for the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen.
Alec Sands scored for Caltech in the 14th minute when he stole the ball of a Cal Lutheran defender. Sands then turned and with a defender on his back was able to slot the ball past Cal Lutheran's goalkeeper Rey Rivera-Ramos.
Two minutes later Kunmi Jeje had a breakaway opportunity and with a defender on his back he fired it on target, but Rivera-Ramos was off his line quickly and snuffed out the opportunity.
Cal Lutheran equalized in the 54th minute when Salvatore Baldi scored after a save on Yepez's shot. Caltech goalkeeper Wesley Swank got down to his right to save the shot from Yepez, but was left helpless when the ball bounced straight toward Baldi who put it in the back of the net.
Yepez scored halfway through the second overtime period when he was slipped in behind the Caltech defense on a ball from David Lee. Yepez collected the ball and put the shot past Swank.
Cal Lutheran had an opportunity to score in the 3rd minute but Peter Keks header off a corner kick was blocked off the goal line by Thomas Kwok and cleared by Rongxiao "Nicky" Zhang.
Mitchel Arene lined up a shot in the first half from about twelve yards away on the right flank. He was able to get his laces on the shot on a great through ball from Alan Menezes but his shot unfortunately went right at Rivera-Ramos.
Jeje had another opportunity to score in the 78th minute when he had a breakaway opportunity that was again blocked by a hard charging Rivera-Ramos.
Baldi had an opportunity to clinch the victory for Cal Lutheran in the first overtime period. A cross was played into Baldi who was wide open from four yards away, but his shot went just wide.
Sands had an opportunity on a header in overtime, but the shot was deflected on the way through and the goalkeeper easily picked it up.
Caltech had a season high 14 shots in the game, seven of which were on target. Caltech was able to create some great chances, but could not convert a second goal to clinch the game.