Jessica Vincent’s Gamewinner Leads Beach Over CSUN In Overtime
Junior Jessica Vincent put away the winner on a set piece in the 104th minute.
Long Beach, Calif. - With the game in its second overtime, Long Beach State won a dangerous free kick just outside of the CSUN box, and Jessica Vincent curled the ensuring kick into the bottom left corner, winning the game 2-1 as Long Beach State remained unbeaten in conference play. All in all, it was a thrilling contest between Long Beach State (5-5-2, 1-0-1 Big West) and CSUN (5-3-5, 0-0-1 Big West) with up-and-down play and a number of good chances.
The Beach started the action early, putting three straight headers on target, but the Matador keeper Jovani McCaskill kept all three out. A wave of CSUN substitutions helped the Matadors up their pressure, earning a corner kick in the 38th minute and then pushing in front when a shot from Kyla Diekmann was blocked, but the rebound was pushed over into the path of Taylor Hobson to beat Ashton McKeown to put the Matadors on top.
Long Beach State had an excellent opportunity from Ashley Gonzales in the 57th minute, but McCaskill again was able to turn back the 49ers. Gonzales would not be denied however, and on a great entry pass from Mimi Rangel, Gonzales was able to head the ball over the top of McCaskill and into the net to tie the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute.
Ashton McKeown, who finished with six saves of her own, made one of her best in the 70th minute on a Cynthia Sanchez shot to keep the game level. McCaskill answered with a save on a solid header from Kaitlin Fregulia, and the game headed to overtime.
Both teams had early shots turned away in the in first overtime, but in the second, early Long Beach State activity led to two CSUN fouls, the second just outside of the box setting up an excellent opportunity for the Beach.
Vincent delivered, sending the game-winner past McCaskill to complete the comeback win over the Matadors.
Big West play continues for Long Beach State this week, as LBSU hosts Cal Poly on Thursday night at George Allen Field before travelling to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
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