By Lauren Jennings |Sports Editor|
CSUSB women’s soccer made sure their game against the Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) Pioneers was enthralling, sending it to double overtime before winning it 2-1.
The Pioneers got on the board early, scoring a goal in the first seven minutes to go up 1-0 over the Coyotes.
The Coyotes would answer back 10 minutes later with a goal from midfielder Rachael Figg, her fourth of the season. Defender Megan Todd earned the assist.
“I was definitely motivated after the great team goal we earned early on to tie the game,” said Figg.
The game would remain scoreless through the second half and through the first overtime.
With just one minute and eight seconds left in the second overtime, the Coyotes caught a break.
“I believe [the goal] helped motivate me, as well as my teammates for the remainder of the game,” continued Figg.
Midfielder Susan Ibarra scored the game-winner with the assistance of Todd.
“Our hard work had finally paid off in that remaining minute of the second overtime period,” added Figg.
Goalkeeper, Megan Vina worked hard to ensure that the Pioneers would not score again after their goal early in the first half.
Vina made a spectacular play to keep the Pioneers from scoring in the second overtime.
As the ball made its way from the Pioneers side of the field to the Coyotes, the game got intense. CSUEB forward Rachel Robbert drove the ball straight towards the goal and the waiting Vina.
In the blink of an eye Robbert sent the ball right into Vina’s foot, which deflected it away from the goal, preserving the tie.
“I was so proud of my teammates for pushing through and working hard and extremely pleased with the game-winning goal,” concluded Figg.
The double overtime win moved the Coyotes record to 5-5-1 on the season and 4-2-1 in CCAA conference play.