Oregon State Win Thrice as Nice for Cal's Jeff Cosgriff
Monday, October 12, 2009
Category: Sports > Fall > Soccer (Men's)
In the middle of the multitude of goals that hit the back of the net during the No. 5 Cal men's soccer team's match against Oregon State at Edwrds Stadium yesterday, one was a little more exciting than the rest.
It all began in the backline, as Bears freshman Chris Ortega chipped a ball across the field to midfielder Hector Jimenez, who beat his defender to collect it. And as the junior's lofted cross floated towards the back post, Jeff Cosgriff was there to head it home.
The goal gave the Bears back their two-goal lead with 10 minutes left, emphatically damaging Oregon State's hopes of a comeback.
It was particularly special for Cosgriff, who added to his domination of the scoresheet by tacking on his third of the day.
"The last one was definitely my favorite, because it was the third," the senior said. "I don't think I've had a hat trick since I was about eight."
Cal forward Andrew Wiedeman would add another goal three minutes later to complete the 4-1 defeat of the Beavers.
The first half, however, gave no indication of the eventually lopsided final score. Cal (8-3-0, 2-1-0 Pac-10) headed into the break in a scoreless deadlock. But a Cosgriff goal at close range in the first 30 seconds of the second half was only the beginning of a revitalized squad.
"The execution seemed to be a bit sharper in the second half than it was in the first," coach Kevin Grimes said. "I think the guys took their chances well, and we got four great goals today."
Cosgriff added a second goal four minutes later after his first as he jumped on a blocked shot from Wiedeman to power it past Beavers keeper Steve Spangler.
Holding it down between the goalposts was Robby Gogatz, who made seven saves to complement the offensive firepower in front of him. Despite Oregon State's 14 shots, the freshman only allowed a single goal to the Beavers (5-5-2, 1-3-0).
It was a needed win for Cal, which suffered its first loss at home with Friday's 2-0 loss to Washington.
"I don't think we were disappointed in the way we played Friday," Grimes said. "It was one of those days where our chances didn't go in, and they had two great goals.
"We felt like if we could maintain that level we had today, we knew that we would eventually finish like we have all year."
Nonetheless, the conference loss gave the team a certain amount of motivation.
"We just came out with a different, not so much mindset, but rather knowing that we didn't want to feel that feeling again," Gogatz said. "It kind of pushed a little harder."
The convincing win was the ideal way to end the weekend for the Bears, who are headed into an away match against UCLA, one of the best teams in the conference.
"This was huge for us," Ortega said. "We've been playing so well, and (Washington) was our first game without a goal. So this is great to go into UCLA with a win."
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