Oct. 9, 2011
LONG BEACH, CA - Cal State Fullerton held the Big West Conference's best offense scoreless for more than 89 minutes on Sunday afternoon, but host Long Beach State scored the tying goal with 12 seconds remaining in regulation and netted the game-winner four minutes into overtime to escape with a 2-1 win over the Titans at George Allen Field.
It was a school-record ninth overtime contest for the Titans (6-6-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big West), who were playing their fourth-consecutive overtime match dating back to a 1-1 draw with UNLV on Sept. 25. The 49ers improved to 10-3-1 overall and remained unbeaten in league play at 3-0.
Junior Stacey Fox's third goal of the year off a cross from Ann Marie Tangorra in the 28th minute gave Fullerton the early lead as the Titans outshot their rivals, 8-6, in the opening half and one of the few shots not corralled by goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves, who finished with nine saves on the afternoon.
Long Beach State regained control of the offensive flow in the second half, outshooting Fullerton by an 8-5 advantage, but it was the last shot in regulation that was the most important as Nicole Hubbard put home her seventh of the year with seconds remaining off a corner to tie the match at 1-1 and send it to overtime.
Neither team got anything solid in the first three minutes before Nadia Link had a shot turned away by Lindsey Maricic in the 94th minute. However, the Big West's leading scorer wouldn't be denied a second time as she put home her 12th goal of the season off a Hubbard assist just over a minute later for the game-winner.
Link led all players with six shots on the afternoon, helping Long Beach State to a narrow, 16-13, advantage in the category while Caitlin Mellano, Fox, and Summer Chavez each finished with a pair of shots for the Titans, who were also whistled for offsides seven times in the match.
Fullerton returns to the pitch next weekend to host UC Irvine on Friday (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. and Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday (Oct. 16) at 4 p.m. to kick-off a stretch that will see the Titans play five of their final six matches of the regular season at Titan Stadium.