Villagrana lifts Gators in OT
October 28, 2009 7:14 PM
There weren't any unlucky own goals. There weren't any late defensive breakdowns. There weren't any phantom hand ball calls. There wasn't a missed offsides call. But more importantly, SF State was the team delivering a heartbreaking loss on Oct. 25 against Cal State Monterey Bay.
The Gators haven't had the best luck over their recent five-game losing streak; four of their five losses either came in overtime or in the last 10 minutes of the game. But this overtime was different.
In the 97th minute of play, Edgar Villagrana received a pass from Spencer Schwandt, he then slipped past a defender, and fired a shot from 18 yards out past the goalkeeper, Brenden Baca. The dog pile then ensued with the Gators bench sprinting onto the field to smother Villagrana in celebration of the 2-1 win.
"I got a good pass from Spencer, I had a chance to shoot it and it just went in," Villagrana said.
The goal was Villagrana's sixth of the season, and his second game-winning goal of the season.
The Gators took an early lead in the 27th minute of play when Sasha Chalak's header found the net, off a corner kick from Schwandt. The lead lasted until the 65th minute of play, when Beau Villanueva scored the equalizer to tie the game at 1.
In the overtime period, Gators goalkeeper Thomas Comer came up with two big saves, which allowed Villagrana to score the game-winner.
"It's a good feeling, we worked hard all week," Comer said. "It's a team effort; you have to trust the guys on the field."
The win improves the Gators' record to 3-8-3 in conference play, and 6-9-3 overall. Though the Gators are last in the CCAA north with two games left, head coach Joe Hunter was pleased with results.
"Glad we were able to get the monkey off our back. We kept plugging away," coach Joe Hunter said. "We deserve this win."
The Gators return to action on Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. at Cox Stadium, to host Chico State.
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