Thrilling rally brings No. 23 Long Beach State past Cal State Fullerton
Oct. 9, 2011
LONG BEACH - The No. 23 Long Beach State women's soccer team used a late rally to remain undefeated in the Big West and pick up its sixth-straight win with a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at George Allen Field.
LBSU improved to 10-3-1 overall and 3-0-0 in Big West action, marking its sixth 10-win season in the last seven years. The Titans dropped to 6-6-2 overall, 1-2-0 BWC.
The 49ers, who were trailing 1-0, sent the game into overtime with a late rally as senior Nicole Hubbard scored the equalizer with just 12 seconds remaining in regulation. Junior Nadia Link then put away the game-winner in overtime. Hubbard also finished with an assist, while seniors Marysol Rosas and Shawna Gordon each added a helper.
Senior Kaitlyn Gustaves manned the net for Long Beach State, compiling a career-high nine saves.
Cal State Fullerton struck in the 28th minute when Ann Marie Tangorra sent a cross just outside of the box to Stacey Fox, who scored from the left side. The Titans were able to hold on to their 1-0 lead for the remainder of the first half.
In the second period, the 49ers out shot CSF, 8-5, with several good opportunities to score in the early going. LBSU eventually cracked the Titan defense with just 12 seconds remaining in regulation. Rosas quickly sent a corner kick to Gordon on the left wing where she headed it to the middle of the box, finding Hubbard, who was left wide open. Hubbard then headed the ball toward the goal where a CSF defender tried to head it back out, but it had already crossed the goal line, putting Long Beach State on the board and forcing the extra period.
With the momentum shift after the game-tying goal, the 49ers continued their up-tempo play. At the 94:11 mark, a light touch from Hubbard set up Link at the top of the box where she connected for her fourth game-winning goal of the season.
LBSU held a 16-to-13 advantage in shot attempts as Link paced the team with a game-high six attempts.
With the win, Long Beach State remains in first place in the Big West standings. The 49ers are back on the road next weekend as they continue conference action at Cal State Northridge (Oct. 14) and UC Irvine (Oct. 16).