Freshman Mimi Rangel scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left in regulation to give the 49ers a 3-2 victory over No. 23 Texas Tech.
(Photo by John Fajardo)
Sep 1, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Long Beach State women's soccer team picked up its first win of the season in dramatic fashion as it came from behind and scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left in regulation to upend No. 23 Texas Tech, 3-2, Sunday evening at John Walker Soccer Complex.
"It's awesome and I wouldn't be able to get those opportunities without the team," Rangel said of scoring her first career goals. "We played very well and we never gave up. That is one thing about this team, we always play until the end and you can see it in every game. It doesn't matter what the score is, we are always fighting and there's nothing but heart."
The 49ers finished with five attempts, all of which were on target. Rangel led the way with three shots, while Maes had two.
Sophomore Kaci McCain earned her first career start at goalkeeper and totaled two saves.
Long Beach State (1-2-0) was the aggressor early on as it spent the opening minutes in the offensive third, but Texas Tech came on strong toward the end of the period. The Red Raiders broke through at the 34:49 mark, going up 1-0 on a goal by Paige Strahan.
Maes had the 49ers' lone shot in the first half (22:15), but her attempt from the top of the box was saved by TTU goalkeeper Victoria Esson. LBSU finished the first half with 11 fouls to Texas Tech's two.
Long Beach State regrouped at the break and came out attacking as Rangel tied it up just over a minute into the second period. MacKenzie found Rangel inside the box, who then put the ball away from about six yards out.
The home team reclaimed the lead in the 66th minute, but Maes netted the equalizer at the 87:17 mark for her 10th career goal as a 49er. Long Beach State then took matters into its own hands as Rangel scored the game-winner with just three seconds left in the game.
With time winding down, Benavidez controlled the ball at midfield and passed it to Maes, who then pushed it forward to Rangel inside the box. TTU's Esson came out from her post in front of the net and Rangel was able to beat her with a shot from 12 yards out.
The 49ers dealt Texas Tech (3-1-0) its first loss of the season. The Red Raiders finished with eight shots and were paced by Maddy Crabtree, who had one goal on three attempts.
Long Beach State returns to action on Friday, Sept. 6, when it welcomes Cincinnati to George Allen Field for a 7 p.m. non-conference showdown.
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