The Fresno City College men’s soccer team is one win away from the state championship.
Jose Ramirez’s header in the 85th minute gave the Rams a 2-1 victory over defending state champion Oxnard at Ventura College on Friday.
“It feels really great. So many things went through my mind after I scored that goal,” Ramirez said. “It was a real emotional moment for me and my lads. We’ve got one more game left, and I know we can do it.”
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Fresno City (19-1-4) will play Mt. San Antonio at 10 a.m. Sunday for the title. The Mounties defeated Taft on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie through regulation.
It will be the second championship appearance for the Rams in Eric Solberg’s 18 seasons as coach. The 2002 Rams lost to Santa Rosa 3-2 in the final.
“A great win,” Solberg said. “We had the better chances. Oxnard is a great technical team.
“We’ve got to get it done, that simple.”
The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute on a goal by Alfredo Lopez, but the Condors (14-3-8) responded in first-half stoppage time with a goal by Raul Gonzalez.