NCAA Div. II men
Guerrero’s second goal is in fourth overtime, gives Cal. State-Dominguez Hills title 2-1 over host Barry.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (Sunday, December 3, 2000) -- Victor Guerrero scored twice, the second with 11:16 remaining in a fourth and final sudden-death period, giving California State-Dominguez Hills a 2-1 decision over host Barry and the NCAA Division II championship before 2,036 at Buccaneer Field this afternoon.
The Toros (23-1-1) closed their season with 13 straight victories. "This is lucky number 13 for us," coach Joe Flanagan said. "We haven't lost since the first of September. Other than the tie up at Seattle Pacific, this team hasn't lost in a long time. This win is a dream come true. We're going to remember this game for the rest of our lives."
The end came swiftly with 3:34 gone in the final 15-minute sudden-death period. Jacobi Goodfellow was whistled for a foul and Toro Sean Lockhart lined up a free kick from about 28 yards out. Guerrero timed his run perfectly and, in a near replay of the first goal, scored the winner.
CSUDH knotted the game at 1-1 at the 65:36. Tony de Vocht played a ball to far post and Guerrero ran on for a diving header that squirted past goalkeeper Ron Goguen.
The Toros missed a golden opportunity to take the lead four minutes later when Alex Bengard slipped past the defense and nailed a shot which caromed off both posts before being cleared by Goodfellow.
Barry (17-4) grabbed the 1-0 advantage with 29:20 elapsed. Alex Chirinos carried up the right flank, then passed to Alen Marcina unmarked in the penalty area. Marcina's shot was deflected by a diving Toros keeper Garrett Estrin, but the Fitzgerald Clarke was there to net the rebound.
"I knew going into the game, and I told our guys, how important it was the strike first," Barry coach Steve McCrath said. "But along with that you have to back it up. You almost have to get tougher once you get the goal. . . At the end, it was like a Rocky movie -- two guys just standing there punching each other till somebody falls down."