Mwanga Does it Again in Overtime
Oct. 4, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - Sophomore Danny Mwanga scored two goals, including his second golden goal in a week, as the Oregon State men's soccer team gets its first Pac-10 Conference win in a 2-1 overtime victory against San Diego State at Paul Lorenz Field Sunday afternoon.
Mwanga scored his second goal of the day, seventh of the season, in the second minute of overtime on an assist from Brian Ramsey. Mwanga had the ball on the left side of the field and passed it outside to Ramsey who immediately passed it back to Mwanga on a perfect give and go. Mwanga found himself in the middle of the field with only the goalie to beat and punched it into the lower right part of the net to end the game.
"It was definitely a team effort,' Mwanga said. "(Ramsey) made a really great move and he did a good job to give me the ball with space on the back side and I was wide open."
The Beavers (5-3-2 overall, 1-1 Pac-10 Conference) dominated in every way throughout the game but it was the Aztecs that scored the first goal of the match in the 32nd minute of the first half thanks to Jose Altamirano's first goal of the season with Daniel Ortega assisting on the effort.
"Give credit to the players for continuing to pounce," Oregon State men's soccer head coach Steve Simmons said after getting his first conference win with the Beavers. "That can really break your spirit when you just keep pounding on the door."
Oregon State had seven shots and six corner kicks in the first half with San Diego State (3-3-3, 0-1-1) having only one shot and no corner kicks but still took a 1-0 lead into the half.
Mwanga tied up the game with his sixth goal of the season in the 57th minute after maneuvering through the defense with John Swenson getting the assist.
The match became very physical during the second half with one player from each team getting a yellow card and 15 total fouls being called.
"Our physicality started with Justin Woodward," Simmons said about the senior team captain. "He set the tempo of how we want to play in the midfield. John Swenson was another guy who went in there and they were a step ahead physically."
Both teams had some opportunities to take the lead in the waning minutes of the second half but neither could capitalize.
"We played pretty hard," Mwanga said. "We had a couple chances in the beginning of the game, and in the second half, and we found ourselves at 1-1, so we definitely needed a goal to end it."
It was Mwanga's goal in the second minute of overtime that ended it for the Beavers. He also ended the game a week ago against Marist in the second minute of overtime for a 1-0 victory on Sept. 27.
Oregon State now hits the road for its first conference road trip where it takes on Stanford Friday Oct. 9 and California Oct. 11.
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