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By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Sunday September 09, 2001

For 109 minutes, the Cal men’s soccer team seemed in control of their match against CSU Fullerton on Friday. But one controversial mistake gave the game to the Titans, as a foul in the Cal box led to a Hector Orellana penalty kick in the second overtime period. 

As Fullerton’s Cameron McKinnon sped into the penalty area, Cal midfielder Chris Roner made contact with him, sending the Titan player to the ground. The referee awarded the penalty kick, and Orellana slammed it home past Cal goalkeeper Josh Saunders to win the game. 

Cal head coach Kevin Grimes was incensed by the call, as an earlier incident involving Cal forward Austin Ripmaster and Fullerton goalkeeper Jaff McKeever went uncalled. 

“For the referee not to call it when Rip was taken down in the box with 10 minutes left, then call a shoulder-to-shoulder tackle on us, it just doesn’t make sense,” Grimes said. 

But he didn’t blame the loss on the officiating. 

“In a game that goes for 110 minutes, you can’t blame one play,” he said. “We have to finish our chances.” 

While the number of shots for each team was tied at 10 apiece, most of the Fullerton shots were from outside and posed little threat. The Bears, on the other hand, had several good chances to score, including three resulting from defender Mike Hickman’s monstrous throw-ins. 

The game was a contrast in attack styles. The Bears were effective swinging the ball around the back and playing up the flanks, while Fullerton was more direct, putting the ball up the middle of the field, often through diminutive midfielder Jason Clifford. 

The loss drops Cal to 1-2 on the season, while the Titans improved to 2-0-1. 

The Bears play Loyola Marymount on Sunday at 2 p.m., while CSU Fullerton takes on Stanford at 1130 a.m.