SUU Takes Overtime Win in Season Finale
CEDAR CITY, Utah, 10/28/12 – Seniors Amanda Humphreys, Missy Lazcano and Stacey Brinkman each scored a goal to help Southern Utah come away with a 3-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield in their season finale on Sunday. Humphreys put SUU out in front early on but the Roadrunners came back with a pair of goals to hold a 2-1 edge at the break. Lazcano came up with an equalizer in the second half and Brinkman connected on a free kick in the final overtime period to clinch the win for the Thunderbirds.
“We have been putting more emphasis on finishing lately since we haven’t scored much this season,” stated SUU head coach Becky Hogan. “But that wasn’t a problem today.”
Southern Utah struck first just three minutes into the match as Humphreys took a pass from Lazcano as she ran through the left side of the box and fired a shot into the net to give the Thunderbirds an early 1-0 lead.
Cal State Bakersfield came back to even the score in the fifteenth minute as Erica Shelton found Sam Pena open for a goal. A few minutes later it would be Pena with the assist as she got the ball to teammate Emily Noethe who finished inside to put the Roadrunners up 2-1 heading into the break.
SUU came out on the attack in the second period, earning an equalizer in the fifty-second minute to pull the match to a 2-2 tie. The Thunderbird offense worked the ball up the field until senior midfield Morgan Bridge lobbed a pass into the box where Lazcano used a well-timed run to beat her defender and get a one-on-one in which she was able to beat the CSUB goalkeeper for the score.
From there the two sides went back and forth but neither team was able to retake the advantage before the end of regulation. The Roadrunners had a chance for a goal in the first overtime period as Kiara Burkett got open just outside the right post but SUU senior goalkeeper Charly Booth was there to make the save to keep the score even.
“Charly is a really competitive player, and I think knowing that this was her last game gave her a little something extra,” explained Hogan. “She really exploded off the ground and made a great save.”
The match would eventually go into a second overtime period where a foul against CSUB gave the Thunderbirds a free kick from just outside the top of the box with a little over five minutes left to play. Brinkman lined up for the kick and proceeded to rifle the ball over the heads of defensive wall and goalkeeper and into the top of the net for the game-winning score.
“Stacey didn’t second guess herself at all,” explained Hogan. “She looked at the net and knew exactly what she was going to do. That was an unstoppable shot.”
The goal was Brinkman’s fifth on the year and the nineteenth of her career, making her Southern Utah’s all-time leading goal scorer. Bridge and Lazcano also made their way into the SUU record books as Morgan’s assist moved her into a third-place tie with eight career assists and Missy’s three points moved her up to fifth all-time with 26 career points.
The win helps the Thunderbirds finish the year with an overall record of 3-11-2 to go along with a Big Sky mark of 1-7-1. Cal State Bakersfield ends their season at 6-11-2.