Sophomore Elizabeth Lyons scored the equalizer in the 70th minute of a 1-1 tie against UC Davis.
Oct. 10, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's soccer team battled UC Davis to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in its Big West home opener Thursday evening at George Allen Field.
The 49ers (7-5-1, 1-1-1 BWC) extended their home unbeaten streak to five games as they haven't dropped a contest at George Allen Field since Aug. 23.
LBSU finished the night with a season-best 17 shots, including nine on frame. Sophomore Elizabeth Lyons registered her second goal of the year and had a team-high five attempts. Freshmen Mimi Rangel and Mimi Akaogi were credited with an assist on the scoring play, while sophomore Hannah Sanders added three shots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kaci McCain matched her season best with five saves.
Long Beach State got off to a bit of a slow start but began to find its rhythm midway through the first half with six shots and two corner kicks over the final 16 minutes. Lyons had the 49ers' best look at the 43:20 mark when she beat her defender to the ball near the end line before cutting back inside for a point-blank shot that was stopped by UC Davis goalkeeper Taylor Jern. LBSU ended up owning a 7-4 advantage in attempts at the break.
In the second period, the Aggies (3-5-3, 0-0-1 BWC) would dent the scoreboard first when Ashley Edwards picked up a loose ball inside the box and placed a shot over McCain to the upper left netting at the 69:39 mark. UC Davis' lead was short-lived, however, as Long Beach State came storming back to tie it up 26 seconds later.
Rangel started it off with a cross to Akaogi on the right side, who then tapped the ball to Lyons inside the box. Lyons proceeded to connect for a beautiful shot that sailed inside the far post. The 49ers outshot UC Davis the rest of the way but couldn't get another one on the board before the end of regulation.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first overtime period, but the 49ers started to turn up the pressure in the second OT. They had a corner kick and a shot from Alyssa Montejo in the first five minutes. Although LBSU continued to control possession it was unable to break through before time ran out.
UC Davis totaled 12 shots and was paced by Edwards, who had one goal on two attempts. Sienna Drizin also compiled a team-best four shots, while Jern finished with eight saves in between the pipes.
Long Beach State continues Big West play next week when it heads to UC Irvine for a Black & Blue Rivalry game on Thursday, Oct. 17. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Anteater Stadium.
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