Sept. 30, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior Shawna Gordon connected on a penalty kick just under one minute into the first overtime period to give the Long Beach State women's soccer team a dramatic 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara in both squads' Big West Conference opener Friday evening at Harder Stadium.
LBSU improved to 8-3-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big West action, while UCSB fell to 5-6-2, 0-1-0 BWC.
In addition to Gordon's game-winning goal, senior Nicole Hubbard also found the back of the net. Both Gordon and Hubbard moved into a tie for ninth on the 49er all-time charts with their 15th career goals. Junior Nadia Link had an assist in the win.
Long Beach State got on the board at the 21:22 mark when Link drove into the box where she found Hubbard on the right wing. Hubbard then sent a shot to the far post for her sixth goal of the season.
LBSU came very close to adding two more in the first half as it outshot UCSB, 8-0. In the 33rd minute, Hubbard gave a lead pass to Link, who was one-on-one with oncoming goalkeeper Makenna Henry, but Link's attempt went just wide. Henry also made a nice save on a header by Hubbard off a corner kick from Kelsey Wilson with 7:30 left in the period.
The Gauchos eventually tied it up on their first shot of the game as they struck in the 57th minute. Katy Roby's corner kick made its way into a crowd of players in the middle of the box, but it was Kelly McGrath who got her head on the ball, sending it to the lower right netting.
Link nearly put away the game-winner at the 80:21 mark when she created an open look for herself at the top right corner of the box, but her attempt was saved by Henry. The 49ers continued to put the pressure on the Gaucho defense as they held a 13-to-3 advantage in shot attempts at the end of regulation.
Just 59 seconds into the first extra period, Wilson sent a corner kick into the box where the Gauchos were called for a hand ball. Gordon converted on the ensuing penalty kick to give the 49ers the victory.
LBSU held a commanding 14-to-3 advantage in shots with Hubbard leading the way with six attempts.
Long Beach State continues Big West play on Sunday, Oct. 2, when it heads to Cal Poly for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Mustangs.
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