The Cal men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker on Sunday, falling in overtime to UCLA, 1-0, on a penalty kick.
The teams were scoreless for 97 minutes when UCLA’s Ryan Futagaki swerved into the Cal box, taking a shot that just missed the goal. But Futagaki went down after taking the shot, and the referee blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot, where Futagaki converted the kick seconds later to give the Bruins (8-6-4, 3-2-1) the victory.
The Cal defenders were visibly upset by the call.
“The ref pretty much handed them the game,” senior Leo Krupnik said. “What can you do?”
The Bears (9-6-1, 2-3) had two chances to score in the overtime period despite being down to 10 players, as freshman midfielder Mike Munoz had been sent off after receiving his second yellow card in the 81st minute.
Less than a minute into overtime, Cal’s Pat Fisher put a cross in front of the UCLA goal, where forward Austin Ripmaster was between two defenders. Ripmaster just missed the header as the ball bounced off of his chest and right to UCLA goalkeeper Zach Wells.
“We have to execute in front of the frame,” Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. “Both defenses played really well, but we did have a couple of chances.”
The Bruins outshot Cal 11-7 in the game.