Late heroics not enough as Long Beach State fell to Stanford 14-13 on a golden goal
Nov. 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 49ers dropped a heart breaker 26 seconds into sudden-victory against No. 4 Stanford 14-13 Friday evening at the McDonald Swim Stadium. Zacchary Kappos led the 49ers with four goals including a game-tying goal with one second remaining in the second overtime.
LBSU (22-8, 4-4 MPSF) played behind or even with the Cardinal the entire game except for two instances when the 49ers took a 3-2 lead in the first and then once in the fourth when Carter Taylor's goal at 4:56 gave Long beach State the 11-10 lead.
Stanford (16-5, 5-3 MPSF) started the match with a 2-0 run that lasted until the 4:10 mark. LBSU would follow with its own 3-0 run before the Cardinal answered with three-straight goals to finish out the first period leading 5-3.
Nick Rascon found the back of the cage after Alex Bowen's goal as both teams would continue to exchange goals before Spencer White and Brian Schiefer scored back-to-back to keep Long Beach State within striking distance trailing 8-7 at the half.
The Cardinal's Andrew LaForge struck first in the third period but Devin Mefford put the 49ers back within one at the 3:34 mark.
Long Beach State went on a 3-0 run that lasted for 3:10 seconds to start the fourth quarter before Bowen's goal tied the match up at 11 with 4:09 left to play in regulation. Balint Meszaros came in the clutch for the 49ers with two huge saves, both on Stanford's counter-attack that left a one-on-one situation for the sophomore keeper as well as a save on Bowen's penalty shot prior to his game-tying goal at 4:09.
White had an opportunity to slam in the game-winning goal for Long Beach State in regulation after breaking loose on the counterattack with about 25 seconds remaining but couldn't convert as his shot went off the top crossbar.
The first overtime period saw a lot of back and forth action as both teams played cautiously on the offensive end. Kappos barely missed the back of the net with 20 seconds on the clock in the first overtime period hitting the right post.
BJ Churchside fired in back-to-back goals to give Stanford the 13-11 lead but Zacchary Kappos put the 49ers within striking distance with a shot at 1:22. Then with :06 left in the second overtime period, Kappos fired a shot at the cage that rattled in past Cardinal keeper Scott Platshon to tie the match up at 13 with one second remaining.
Thirteen seconds into the sudden-victory period, Kappos was called for an exclusion that swung in Stanford's way as Bowen found the back of the net moments after for the golden goal giving him six goals on the day and a Cardinal victory.
Meszaros finished the match with nine saves for the 49ers.
The 49ers will return to action for their second game of the MPSF Tournament Saturday, Nov. 24, against UC Santa Barbara for a rematch of last week's contest at 10 a.m. at the McDonald Swim Stadium.