No. 7 Long Beach State Battles Against No. 1 USC But Falls In OT
Junior Keegan Wicken nets five goals as LBSU goes toe-to-toe with Trojans.
Los Angeles — Behind five goals from junior Keegan Wicken, No. 7 Long Beach State went toe-to-toe with No. 2 USC Thursday. After forcing overtime at the end of regulation the Beach lost, 11-9.
In the first quarter, LBSU’s defense kept the Trojans (17-1) scoreless for the first six minutes, before USC scored to take a 1-0 lead with 1:39 remaining.
USC scored again with 37 seconds left to take a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.
LBSU (9-7) didn’t back down though as the team came out firing in the second quarter.
Wicken got the Beach on the board when he netted his first goal on an assist from sophomore Nemanja Bakic.
Wicken wasn’t done there as he tied the game with 6:10 remaining in the first half.
After an exlusion was called on Bakic, USC took advantage and scored on the power play to take a 3-2 lead.
LBSU’s offense continued to put pressureon USC throughout the game and outshot the Trojans 36-33.
The Beach continued to fight in the second half, but after an exclusion was called on senior Duncan Lynde the Trojans took advantage again and scored on the 6-on-5 opportunity to take a 4-3 lead with 6:59 left in the third quarter.
USC took a 5-3 lead, but after Fujioka drew an exclusion on USC, Wicken found the net for his third goal to cut the lead to 5-4 with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter.
The Beach tied it up after Lynde was able to draw a penalty on USC and Bakic delieved on the five-meter penalty shot to tie the game at 5 with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter.
With 55 seconds left USC took a 6-5 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Trojans would add two more goals to take an 8-5 lead with 4:19 left in the game.
LBSU didn’t give up there as Kaltenbach connected with Wicken again to cut the lead to 8-6.
After goals from Mitchell Holden and Wicken, LBSU tied the game at 8 to end regulation.
In overtime, USC scored with time winding down in the first 3-minute overtime period to take a 9-8 lead.
The Trojans scored again, but Austin Stevenson would score to cut the lead to 10-9.
With time winding down, the Trojans scored again as time expired to take the 11-9 win.
In goal, Thomas Freeman had nine saves.
No. 7 Long Beach State | 0, 3, 2, 3, 0, 1 | 9
No. 1 USC | 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2 | 11
Goals: Wicken 5, Stevenson 1, Fujioka 1, Bakic 1, Holden 1
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