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Late Goal Lifts Fusion Past Cougars
Steres scores in stoppage time for 2-1 victory

BYU Cougars News Release -- www.byusoccer.com

Thursday, June 23, 2011

PROVO, Utah -- Tied going into stoppage time, the Ventura County Fusion's Daniel Steres scored a header in the 92nd minute to give his side a 2-1 victory against BYU on Thursday night. With the win the Fusion take over first place of the Southwest Division in the Premier Development League while the Cougars are still winless at home.

"I was incredibly disappointed in our organization on the last goal they scored," said BYU head coach Chris Watkins.

BYU began the game with tremendous offensive energy, putting Ventura on its heels. One such moment saw a collision in the Fusion penalty area between BYU's Garrett Losee and Ventura goalkeeper, Sam Hayden. Hayden required medical attention after 15 minutes on the pitch, was carted off, and taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Backup forward, Jochem Graf volunteered to play goalie since the Fusion didn't travel with a backup. It created 11 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the half.

After a scoreless 60 minutes, the Fusion struck first off a corner kick from Danny Barrera. After the intial service bounced in the box and left the penalty area, Gyasti Zardes scored his first goal for Ventura County off a rebound from the crossbar.

In the 81st minute, BYU freshman forward, Winston Sorhaitz scored the equalizer after a Jantzen Romney shot was blocked. The game marked Sorhaitz's first start for BYU just a month after his high school graduation.

"He's going to become a very, very good player," said midfielder Colby Bauer. "He already is. I was so happy."

It appeared BYU might take the lead in the 88th minute when a ball was passed into the Fusion penalty area but BYU reserve forwards Jace Green and David Gates were in the same space and couldn't deliver a good shot on goal.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Ventura created a corner where Jacob Hustedt lofted in a ball on the far post and found Steres on a header for the game-winner to make it 2-1. The Fusion now lead the Fresno Fuego by a point in the Southwest Division, but the Fuego have a game in hand on their California rivals. 

BYU will play the Los Angeles Legends on Saturday at 8 p.m. mountain time. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and online at byutv.org/live.

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