Sept. 5, 2009
Contact: Renee Adam
IRVINE, Calif. - Cleveland State's last minute goal wasn't enough as they fell 3-2 to Santa Clara in the UC Irvine College Classic. Tonight's loss was the first of the season for the Vikings, dropping them to 1-1 on the season, while Santa Clara improves to 1-1.
"Tonight was a really physical match," said assistant coach TJ Kolba. "We did a good job of keeping possessions the whole match, which allowed us to use our offense. We have some things to work on for Monday so that we can capitalize on more of our possessions."
The Vikings started the second half of play trailing, 1-0 and were never able to capture the lead during the contest.
Slavisa Ubiparipovic tied the game for CSU when he chipped the ball over a defender from the right side of the field, recording his first goal of the season. Ubiparipovic had pressure from both the defender and the goalie in the box before he was able to send the ball into the net. Admir Suljevic and Marco DiFranco were credited with the assists on the goal.
CSU's second goal came from Josh Williams who made a late surge in the 89th minute. Williams got the ball from a corner kick by DiFranco and beat the goalie in the net. The goal is Williams' second on the season.
"Santa Clara is a really good team, it is a good test for us to play out here against these teams," said Kolba. "It shows that we can play with these types of teams, and it gives us confidence for the rest of the season."
The Vikings will stay in California for their second match of the UC Irvine College Classic when they face the host school, UC Irvine, Monday (Sept. 7) at 7:30 p.m. ET.