La Sierra Wins in Overtime
Men's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 13, 2011
James Ross scored the game-winning goal four minutes into the first overtime period to lead La Sierra University to a 2-1 win over Occidental College (SCIAC D-III) on Saturday night.
The goal, James' first of the season, came on an 18-yard shot on the 96th minute of the game. The win improves the Golden Eagles record to 4-1-0 on the season.
"I give the tigers a lot of credit, Coach Lafaurie and his coaching staff are doing a great job of getting their kids to believe in what they are doing. But I am glad that our boys managed to compete and were able to get the win" said Coach Olivas.
Doug Pentland got the Occidental College men's soccer team out in front with a goal in the 30th minute. The Occidental Tigers (0-2) took the lead into halftime before the referee awarded La Sierra a penalty kick on a foul in the box. Shane Shelton scored from the penalty spot to even out the score. The score remained the same, sending the game into overtime. La Sierra managed to score early in the first period of overtime when Kenny Bonanken found James Ross for a shot that was place just beyond the reach of the Tigers keeper for the game winner.
Coach Olivas believes that the Golden eagles will continue to improve, and that games like this one will make the group better, "Even though we were not able to get the offense going, we still managed to find a way to win the game, we will get back to sessions and we will look to prepare to be ready for our next game"
The Golden Eagles host Biola University (currently ranked 14th on 2011 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll) On Thursday, Sep. 15th at 7:00pm.