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Long Beach State Edges Cal Poly 1-0 With Double-OT Golden Goal

Long Beach State Edges Cal Poly 1-0 With Double-OT Golden Goal

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's soccer team held Long Beach State scoreless for more than 102 minutes at George Allen Field on Thursday night, but the 49ers finally broke through in the second overtime to top the visiting Mustangs with a golden goal, 1-0.

The 49ers (7-4-2 overall, 2-0-1 Big West) moved up to 7 points in the conference standings, good for second place in the table.

Cal Poly junior goalkeeper Sophia Brown, playing in a third consecutive double-overtime match, all on the road, almost earned a third shutout in her past five games, making seven saves on the evening.

Long Beach State, however, found the sudden-death winner in the 103rd minute, beginning with Dana Fujikuni crossing in to Rocio Rodriguez inside the penalty area.

Rodriguez then connected a back-heel redirection to Elysia Laramie, who delivered a close-range left-footed tap inside the far post from only a few yards away via the left side of the box, ending the game.

Jordan Patane attempted the first shot for Cal Poly (1-11-4 overall, 1-3-1 for 4 Big West points; seventh place in the standings) in the eighth minute, but her attempt sailed over the crossbar.

Sydney Knauer, the Mustangs' leading scorer with three goals, placed a shot on target 35 seconds prior to intermission, but 49er keeper Imani McDonald came up with the save.

Cal Poly created a pair of opportunities within the initial 11 minutes of the second half, as sophomore Grace Park shot wide of the post (51') before freshman Mackenzie George aimed high (56').

The Mustangs also earned a corner kick in the 73rd minute, but Long Beach State's back line was able to safely clear Stephanie Magellan's inbound.

Cal Poly's best chance in the initial overtime came with three-and-a-half minutes left in the period, as Park passed ahead to Brooke Rubinstein leading into the LBSU box, but the pass was a bit too strong, rolling beyond the end line before it could be collected.

The Mustangs return home to host Hawai'i (7-5-1, 2-2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Oct. 19 game against the Rainbow Wahine is also part of Mustang Family Weekend at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.