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Golden Goal Lifts Gonzaga to 2-1 OT Home Win Against Cal Poly

Golden Goal Lifts Gonzaga to 2-1 OT Home Win Against Cal Poly

SPOKANE, Wash. — Madeline Gotta scored a 93rd-minute golden goal Friday night, lifting the Gonzaga women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over visiting Cal Poly at Luger Field.

A little more than two-and-a-half minutes into overtime, Gotta, a preseason All-WCC selection, blasted a gorgeous strike into the top of the goal from almost 25 yards away, clinching the sudden-death victory to move the Bulldogs to 3-1-1 on the year.

Gotta's right-footed strike was the first shot of extra time.

The Mustangs got on the board first Friday in the 39th minute. Freshman Emily Talmi arced a corner kick to the goal mouth, where Gonzaga keeper Isabel Jones deflected it away, but senior Michaela Olney corralled the loose ball a few feet away from the left post, and quickly tapped it in for a 1-0 lead.

Gonzaga would equalize in the 66th minute, however, soon after play resumed following a 10-minute stoppage (at 64') due to a lightpost behind a corner flag going dark. After full illumination was restored, India Jencks found an opening from the left edge of the 6-yard box, shooting far-post to bring the Bulldogs level thanks to her third goal in five games.

Although Gonzaga held a 5-1 advantage in shots-on-goal during the second half (included within a 17-7 margin in total attempts after intermission), neither team could find a go-ahead score by the end of regulation.

Mustang sophomore Georgina Stiegeler, who tallied her fourth career goal last week against Utah Valley, shot on goal in the 18th minute, and Talmi also forced a Jones save in the 70th.

Sophia Brown denied a season-high eight Bulldog shots, while Jordan Patane also was credited with a team save for being in position to clear a header from Jencks off the line in the 19th minute.

Cal Poly (0-4-2) will stay in the Pacific Northwest, traveling to the Emerald City to face Seattle U, kicking off against the Redhawks at 1 p.m. Sunday. Seattle U (2-2-1) fell to Big West opponent UC Riverside on Friday evening, 2-1.