SUU 3, Cal State-Bakerfield 2 (2 OT)
Senior forward Stacey Brinkman netted the game-winning and a record-setting goal in the 104th minute off a free kick, as the SUU soccer team defeated Cal State-Bakersfield 3-2 in double overtime Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Soccer Field, on Senior Day.
The teams were tied 2-2 entering the second overtime period when forward Madison Wood was brought down just outside the 18-yard box to set up Brinkman’s game-winning goal.
The goal also moved Brinkman into first all time in goals scored in SUU history.
“(I knew) I have to make this because I’m trying to break a record,” Brinkman said. “We wanted to win and that was our best opportunity. It means a lot because I’ve been playing soccer my whole life and I wanted to break it more than anything.”
Head coach Becky Hogan said Brinkman couldn’t have placed the ball any better.
“It was one of those things were she didn’t second guess herself,” Hogan said. “She lined up looked at the ball and knew exactly what she was gonna do, it was an unstoppable shot.”
The team wouldn’t have been in the position without the stellar play of fellow seniors forwards Missy Lazcano and Amanda Humphreys, who each scored in their last collegiate games ever.
Humphreys put the T-Birds ahead in the 2nd minute of play on a beautiful one on one move to beat the defense and blast the shot over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Tori Ornela.
“I was just so emotional. I don’t even remember the goal,” Humphreys said, “(Assistant coach) Adam (Farsi) has been training me and we’ve been working on shots and placing them in the corner every day before practice and it finally just came.”
The T-Birds held the lead until the 14th minute when CSUB forward Sam Pena beat goalkeeper Charly Booth in the middle of the box and drove home a shot to tie the game at one.
Both teams missed opportunities after that to retake the lead as the Roadrunners had an open net in the 23rd minute but headed the ball over the crossbar, then, two minutes, later Lazcano went wide right on a open net of her own.
“(I knew) I have to make this because I’m trying to break a record. We wanted to win and that was our best opportunity. It means a lot because I’ve been playing soccer my whole life and I wanted to break it more than anything.” - SUU forward Stacey Brinkman
CSUB however was able to take the lead in the 25th minute on a goal by midfielder Emily Noethe after the T-Bird defense was unable to clear the ball from the box.
The score would remain 2-1 for the remainder of the first half but each team had several more opportunities but neither team could find the back of the net.
The second half was more of the same as the Roadrunners had several early chances to extend the lead but were turned away Booth.
SUU was able to find the equalizer in the 51st minute when midfielder Morgan Bridge was able to thread the ball between two Roadrunner defenders to Lazcano who fired a shot into the left corner of the net.
“We practice those situations all the time,” Lazcano said. “We work hard in practice to be better each day and to make each other work hard and to be better. When you get opportunities like that you just have to finish.”
The Roadrunners nearly took the lead right back in the 54th minute but Booth made a spectacular save on a free kick near the top of the box the preserve the tie.
T-Birds forward Savannah Spere nearly ended the game in regulation but her shot with seconds left on the clock went inches past the left post.
Both teams struggled in the first overtime but picked up their play late. CSBU nearly came away with the game winner but Booth was able to punch away a corner kick, but the ball found the foot of a Roadrunner who blasted it over the crossbar.
Spere had two chances at the end of the first overtime to give the T-Birds the win but she was unable to find the back of the net.
SUU nearly gave the game away with two minutes left in the first overtime but defender Rachel Krenzer was able to make a sliding save to send the ball out of the box and keep the game tied.
The T-Birds got the ball at the start of the second overtime and never looked back as Brinkman sent her fellow seniors off in style with the game's final goal.
Bridge picked up a yellow card in the 76th minute.
SUU was actually outshot 25-16 and 10-8 on goal during the match but were able to capitalize on their chances more than the Roadrunners.
With the win the team finishes the season with a 3-11-2 overall record while CSUB finishes out the year at 6-11-2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WhT0Pa0PMxQ