IRVINE, Calif. — Sixth-ranked UC Irvine returned home for the first time in three weeks and stayed a little longer, needing overtime to vanquish San Diego 1-0 Sunday evening at Anteater Recreation Center Field.
Gor Kirakosyan found himself in the right spot in the 92nd minute running onto a Cameron Iwasa cross and one-touching it inside the right post for the game-winner.
UC Irvine (6-0-1) was frustrated during regulation, unable to score despite an 11-3 shot advantage. Iwasa had three of those shots including a long, twisting attempt from the right wing that smacked off the crossbar as the 90th minute approached.
USD (2-2-4) hung around throughout the match. The defensive-minded Toreros kept the match even through the first half, matching UCI on shots, shots on goal and fouls, and even earned the only corner kick.
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Michael Breslin stopped one shot en route to his second shutout of the year. Six Anteaters filled out a clean sheet including the entire backline of Noah Gaines, Bryan Breslin, Matt Tilley and Thomas Janjigian. Janjigian added an assist, his second of the season, building up the game-winning strike.
Torero keeper Thomas Olsen wasn’t tested too much, only stopping one shot as well. Connor Brandt produced two of the Toreros’ three shots in the contest.