Red Raiders Down No. 20 Long Beach State|
Janine Beckie's third game-winning goal of the season sent Tech past No. 20 Long Beach State Friday.
Sept. 14, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Janine Beckie did it yet again.
Friday night, the sensational freshman netted her third game-winning goal of the season to push the Red Raiders past No. 20 Long Beach State in their opening match of the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational.
The dramatic game-winner came with just 31 seconds left in double overtime at Titan Stadium, and was her second goal of the evening. Beckie not only gave the Red Raiders the win, but sent the match into overtime with the equalizer at the 84:12 mark to erase a late 2-1 Long Beach State lead.
"We were not going to allow ourselves to settle for a tie," head coach Tom Stone said. "We were not going to go down in defeat. The mentality and the character that the girls played with was at a level where it was only fitting that we win it in the last 30 seconds because we fought so hard. We came from behind, and we put ourselves in a position to beat such a quality team like Long Beach State."
Friday's victory marks the first over a ranked opponent since 2009 and snapped a two-game losing skid. Tech now improves to 6-2 on the season and will complete play at the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational Sunday afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. match against the host Titans.
As Tech has done throughout the season, the Red Raiders outshot the 49'ers 26-15 on the night, including a 6-1 advantage in overtime play. Beckie paced the Red Raider offense with a game-high 13 shots.
Following a scoreless first half of action, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead off a header from junior Hayley Haagsma at the 49:19 mark. The goal was the first of the season for the Cerritos, Calif native and the second of her career.
The 49'ers would then score back-to-back goals, both off the foot of Eileen Maes, to take a 2-1 lead late in the second half.
However, the first of Beckie's two goals came with just under six minutes remaining in regulation off a strike from the corner of the six-yard box. With her fourth goal of the season, the Red Raiders tied the match at two goals apiece.
"That really saved the day for us," Stone said. "Everybody is going to remember how we won it, but really that was the goal that turned the game around."
Beckie would then put the finishing touches on the night with the game-winner at the 109:29 mark to seal the victory for the Red Raiders.
Junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson earned her sixth win of the season as she matched a season-high with six saves in front of the net.