BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield men’s soccer program defeated Mexico’s U-17 National Team 4-1 in penalty kicks Wednesday night in the opening match of the Roadrunner spring season.

Roberto De La Rosa opened the scoring for Mexico when he took a Daniel Lopez pass and converted from just inside the 18 in the 25th minute.  De La Rosa connected off a corner kick in the 44th minute to give Mexico U-17 a 2-0 lead.

“The Mexico U-17’s were excellent in the first half,” said CSUB head coach Richie Grant. “They took chances very well; especially the first goal and that gave us a bunch of work to do.”

Alex Segovia, who joined the Roadrunner program at semester break from Oregon State, got the ‘Runners on the board in the 62nd minute when he scored off a Robin Lindahl cross. Marshall Garcia tied the score in the 81st minute when he put back a Niklas Korber deflection.

“We felt that we played well in the first half and we asked our team to stay patient and be better on the counter attack,” Grant said.

The score tied at two, Mexico U-17 took the first attempt of penalty kicks. CSUB goalie Antony Siaha turned away Saul Huerta’s attempt to his low left side. Bakersfield native Jacob Alatorre put the ‘Runners into the lead when his shot went past the U-17 goalie, Andre Alcarz. In the second round, Siaha saved Jairo Torres’ attempt, again to the low left side.

Jamie Carey-Morrell, the CSUB captain, scored to put the Roadrunners up by two. Carlos Herrera and Louis Lapouge both scored in round three. CSUB’s Marshall Garcia, a Bakersfield native, put the game away with a goal in the fourth round.   

“We practiced a lot of penalty kicks in the fall prior to the conference tournament,” Grant said. “Antony was superb. We finished our attempts and it was a fitting end for us.”

After traveling to UC Santa Barbara Mar. 10, the Roadrunners host Pachuca FC, a professional Mexican team Mar. 25 at 7 p.m.