49ers Rally To Defeat UC San Diego In Overtime
Nov. 7, 2013
Newport Beach, Calif. - Zacchary Kappos scored a career-high six goals for Long Beach State in regulation, and Nolan McConnell scored the game-winner in the first overtime as the No. 8 49ers came back from a three-goal deficit to beat No. 10 UC San Diego 15-13.
In a thrilling match, Devin Mefford scored twice in the first quarter as the teams traded goals to a 3-3 break after one. In the second quarter, UC San Diego (12-12) grabbed the lead with three straight goals, but Kappos converted a penalty in the final second following a 49er breakaway to bring Long Beach State (18-8) back within one.
In the third quarter, the Tritons were able to extend their lead. Kappos scored on another penalty to tie the game at 7-7, but UC San Diego scored two unanswered goals on back-to-back trips to regain a two-goal edge at 9-7 with 3:49 to play in the third. A final goal in the period on a power play by Tommy Friedrich put the Tritons up 10-8 entering the fourth quarter.
Jeffrey Jarvis scored with 6:03 left in the fourth quarter to put the Tritons up by three, but Long Beach State mounted a late comeback. Mefford got the action started for the 49ers with 4:37 to play, and then Kappos put away his third penalty shot to bring the 49ers back within one.
McConnell tied the game at 11 on an assist from Dimitrios Lappas, and then after an extra man goal from UCSD, Lappas scored himself to tie the game at 12-12. The next trip down, Conner Reilly scored to give the 49ers their first lead since 3-2, but David Higginson snuck a ball past Sinan Karatay in the closing seconds to force overtime.
In the overtime periods however, Karatay held the Tritons off of the board, while McConnell put Long Beach State back in front in the first, and then a goal from Reilly in the second overtime period helped seal the win for the 49ers.
Long Beach State is back in action this weekend, in two matches that are expected to be played back in the Campus Pool. First the 49ers will host No. 2 UCLA at Noon on Saturday, and then take on No. 4 Stanford on Sunday in a game also scheduled for Noon.
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