49ers Lose Heartbreaker to Cal Poly 4-3 in Double-Overtime
Oct. 7, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's soccer team lost 4-3 to the Cal Poly Mustangs in double-overtime Sunday afternoon at George Allen Field.
The 49ers (9-5-0, 2-2-0 BWC) struck early on a goal at the 4:04 mark from sophomore Renee Mendiola off an assist from senior Nadia Link. Link hit Mendiola inside the box for the goal from eight yards out.
LBSU scored again off a breakaway goal by Link in the 37th minute. Senior Kelsey Wilson sent a lead pass to Link when she broke away from her defender to take on Cal Poly goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti one-on-one. Link beat Giannetti sending the ball in to the back of the net to record her sixth goal of the season and 30th of her career, good for third all-time in LBSU history.
The Mustangs (7-5-1, 4-0-0 BWC) responded in the second half when Elise Krieghoff scored an unassisted goal from the top of the box at the 70:01 mark. Cal Poly then scored again when Sara Epps picked up a deflection from 49er goalkeeper Marinna Meyers in the 73rd minute. Krieghoff struck again at 82:31 for her second goal of the day when she received a pass from Epps to gain a one-on-one situation with Meyers. Krieghoff beat Meyers to score on an open net, giving the Mustangs the 3-2 lead late in the second half.
After back-and-forth play, Link put a shot on goal that was deflected off the crossbar in the 88th minute. Junior Eileen Maes gained control of the rebound and put the ball in from the right side of the box, sending the game in to overtime.
The 49ers hung tough in the first overtime, recording two shots early on. Sophomore Taylor Nelson's shot went wide at the 91:54 mark and Maes sent a shot high in the 94th minute.
In the second overtime, LBSU's best chance to score happened when Link gained a free shot after a Cal Poly yellow card. Link's shot was just wide at the 104:52 mark. The Mustangs capitalized right after when Haley Walker found Epps to score the game-winner in the 105th minute.
Link recorded a season-high nine shots, two of which were on goal. Maes added four shots. Link's two assist move her in to fifth all-time in LBSU history with 19 career assists.
The 49ers will continue their Big West conference play on the road next weekend when they travel to UC Davis Friday for a 3 p.m. kick off and Pacific on Sunday with kickoff scheduled for noon.
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