October 31, 2004
ORLANDO - Sophomore tri-captain Alejandro Gessen converted on a penalty kick to give the UCF men's soccer team a 2-1 win over Georgia State in Atlantic Sun action on Sunday at the UCF Soccer Complex.
With the win, the Golden Knights (7-5-2, 6-2 A-Sun) clinched a spot in the 2004 A-Sun Championship. The Panthers fell to 8-6-1 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
Just two minutes into the match, Knights' junior forward Jon Imran had a prime chance to score on a shot directly in front of the GSU goal that was stopped by keeper Paulo Gutierrez (four saves).
UCF senior Jaime Planells found the back of the net at 26:58 with an assist going to redshirt freshman Adham Rashwan. Georgia State answered with a goal by Jason Rivers just a minute later to knot the score at one all. He was assisted by Jonathan Scraggs.
Gessen earned the right to take the penalty kick after a teammate was pulled down in the box. He scored to the right corner at 43:22, making him a perfect 2-for-2 on the season in penalty kicks.
Gessen would have the chance to give UCF a 3-1 lead with seven minutes remaining in the match. Freshman Oscar Ortiz passed the ball up to Gessen, who broke in alone on goal, but his low shot was blocked high by Gutierrez.
Golden Knights' keeper Ryan McIntosh made seven saves, including several in the waning minutes of the game. Rivers had an opportunity for his second goal of the game, but McIntosh came up with a spectacular save despite being fouled.
With less than 45 seconds remaining on the clock, Rivers also had his tying goal called back by the referee on an offside call.
UCF caps off its Atlantic Sun regular season schedule in Jacksonville on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. before hosting Florida International in its season finale on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.