RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University couldn’t take advantage after UC San Diego went a man down in the second half, falling in its season opener, 2-1, in overtime.
After going up 1-0 in the opening half, the Lancers gave up the equalizer 11 minutes into the second period and then fell on a converted penalty kick in overtime.
“Even when they lost a man and we were up one, we didn’t move the ball quick enough,” said first-year head coach Gregg Schroeder. “You have to take advantage of opportunities like that and we didn’t. They took advantage of a set piece they were given and then the penalty kick and that was the difference.”
Jonathan Fausto got CBU on the board in the 21st minute, fighting past a Triton defender to get to a long pass from James Bogdanovich. Fausto then slid the ball to the left of the keeper and into the corner of the net for his first goal of 2013.
After that the CBU tempo slowly waned.
Alessandro Canale curved a ball into the upper right corner of the net on a free kick from just outside the box in the 56th minute and even after losing Canale to his second yellow card in the 66th minute, the Tritons were able to hold on for overtime.
It would be Andsisheh Bagheri who was taken down in a crowded box, drawing the game winning penalty kick 3:57 into overtime.
“I thought our first half started very well,” said Schroeder. “We were in control, moved the ball well and created some great chances. Not putting those chances away early ended up hurting us. You can’t allow teams to stay in the game like that. That’s something we just have to learn and work on going forward.”
The Lancers open the season 0-1 with the loss, while UCSD starts 1-0. CBU heads to Denver to face Metro State on Monday.