Nadia Link scores game-winning goal to lift 49ers past North Texas, 3-2 in overtime
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior Nadia Link recorded her first career hat trick and the game-winning goal in overtime on Sunday morning to lift Long Beach State past North Texas, 3-2, at Ellis Field on the campus of Texas A&M.
Six minutes into the overtime period, Link received a pass from junior Eileen Maes from inside the box to score the game-winning goal in the 96th minute.
It didn't take long for the Walnut native to score for the 49ers (5-2-0) in the first half, stopping the clock in the 11th minute as she put the ball into the net from eight yards out after receiving a pass from fellow classmate Kelsey Wilson.
Twelve minutes later, Link and Wilson would connect again in the 23rd minute as Link received a pass from Wilson just outside the box to score from eight yards to put LBSU ahead 2-0.
LBSU outshot the Mean Green (5-1-1), 10-4 in the first half, with six on goal and two for UNT.
In the second half, the Mean Green came on the offensive attack, scoring in the 35th minute by Kelsey Hodges and Karly Pineda would tie the game at 2-2, in the 65th minute.
Despite North Texas collecting two goals in the second half, LBSU would outshoot North Texas, 10-6, four on goal.
LBSU finished with a game-high 22 shots, 12 on goal, while North Texas finished with 14 shots, eight on goal.
The 49ers recorded four corner kicks in the first half, two in the second and one in overtime. The Mean Green had no corners in the game.
Sophomore Marrina Meyers had six saves for the game, earning her fifth win in the front of the net for the 49ers.
"I thought our team prepared very well to win the first half," 49er head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "We really put together our best half of the year. Credit to North Texas for the way they kept fighting and got back into the game. Obviously, Nadia had a special day today."
LBSU returns to action this coming weekend, taking part in the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational at Titan Stadium in Fullerton. The 49ers will face Texas Tech on Friday evening at 5 p.m., and Army on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.