September 23, 2003 |
Irapuato, promoted to the Mexican first division this season, saw its dream start come to a crashing halt over the weekend as the Apertura championship closes in on its halfway point. The upstarts from Central Mexico ran into a motivated Atlas team, which scored a 6-1 victory at Guadalajara, its first for new Coach Sergio Bueno. Diego Perrone scored twice and Atlas scored five in a row after the teams were tied, 1-1, after eight minutes.
February 10, 2001 |
Erick Balderrama of Crespi High, scoreless through the first 11 games of Mission League play, burst out of his slump with the biggest goal of his career. Balderrama scored during injury time, lifting the Celts to a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame on Friday, denying the Knights their first Mission League boys' soccer championship since 1992. St. Francis claimed the title. "I don't know what to say," Balderrama said. "I've been scoreless in league.
January 18, 2001 |
Here we go again. The Galaxy and Washington D.C. United, which have played each other twice with the championship of Major League Soccer on the line, now meet with something even more significant at stake. How about a million dollars and a place in the third FIFA World Club Championship this summer? Both MLS teams managed to salvage victories Wednesday night in front of 5,153 fans on a bitterly cold night at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. They'll meet Friday night at the Coliseum.
December 17, 2000 |
Mira Costa High, capitalizing on a controversial decision by the referee to add injury time, defeated Louisville, 5-4 on penalty kicks, Saturday in the final of the South Torrance girls' soccer tournament. Mira Costa scored during injury time to force a 2-2 tie. Kelly Blais' second goal for Mira Costa (7-1-1) tied the score after regulation had apparently expired.
July 3, 2000 |
With 30 seconds to play, Italy was celebrating what appeared to be its first European Championship title in 32 years. The party began a little too early. Sylvain Wiltord shocked Italy by tying the game 3 1/2 minutes into injury time, and David Trezeguet scored the winner 13 minutes into overtime to give World Cup champion France a 2-1 victory Sunday in the final of the European Championship. "Everybody thought we were dead," Thierry Henry said. "With the French team, it is never over.
April 9, 2000 |
Ben Olsen scored in the third minute of injury time to give Washington D.C. United a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Washington. Olsen, who set up Jaime Moreno's tying goal a minute earlier, gathered a centering pass from Marco Etcheverry to beat Chicago goalkeeper Chris Snitko. The Fire took a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute on Jesse Marsch's goal off a give-and-go with Ante Razov. Chicago defender Andrew Lewis was given a red card in the 69th minute for charging into Moreno.
February 3, 2000 |
La Reina High midfielder Karina Garcia's last-second heroics gave her team a badly needed win. Garcia scored during injury time to lead La Reina to a 1-0 win over Oak Park in an evenly played Tri-Valley League girls' soccer game Wednesday night in Oak Park. "It's amazing. I thought it was going to end in a tie," said Garcia. "We wanted it. This is a big game for us." Garcia headed in the goal off a cross from Lindsey Free, but the ball took an odd turn.
June 28, 1999 |
A few ticks of the clock were all that separated the German Women's World Cup team from defeating Brazil, clinching the Group B title and avoiding the favored United States in the quarterfinals. All the Germans had to do was endure the last few seconds of injury time at steamy Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, and a potentially easy route to the semifinals would be theirs.
May 27, 1999 |
Two rapid-fire goals with the clock officially run out Wednesday gave Manchester United the most prized title in European club soccer and a rare spot in the sport's long history. In an amazing finish, substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer scored during injury time as United beat Bayern Munich, 2-1, for the Champions League title in Barcelona, Spain. "I can't believe it," United Manager Alex Ferguson said. "That's football. You never give in."
April 23, 1999 |
Give her two minutes and she'll give you the world. Or at least a soccer victory over China. That's what Tisha Venturini did Thursday night, scoring the winning goal in dramatic fashion in the game's final moments as the United States defeated China, 2-1, in front of a near-sellout crowd of 15,257 at Hershey Park Stadium. The midfielder from Modesto was sent into the game in the 90th minute, but somehow contrived to end up the hero as the U.S.