Regals Top Tigers in Double-Overtime
CLU wins 2-1 on late goal from Kristina Hulse
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Bianca Deardorff had a goal and then later had an assist on the game-winner by Kristina Hulse as Cal Lutheran defeated Occidental 2-1 in double overtime Wednesday night at Rolland Stadium. With the win, Cal Lutheran moved to 3-0 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play and is now all alone in first place in the standings.
In a game that pitted the top two teams tied for the best record in the conference it was Occidental that dictated much of the play in the first half, packing the CLU side of the field and controlling possession. Despite the frequent presence around the Cal Lutheran goal, the Regals defense held strong and yielded just three shots in the first half.
Anna Medler nearly got the Regals on the board in the 33rd minute after the ball leaked out from scrum 10 yards in front of the goal but her deflection was stopped by Oxy goalkeeper Taylor Renshaw.
Four minutes later Hulse just missed the upper-v of the goal when she spun and chipped a shot from 25 yards out.
Hulse again had a chance in the 19th minute when she won a 50/50 ball with an Oxy defender on the end line and tried to bend in a cross but couldn’t quite find the net.
The Regals had their best chance of the half inside of two minutes when Nicole Campbell sent a through-ball into a streaking Sierra Duarte who took one dribble and shot but was denied by a sliding Renshaw.
More opportunities presented themselves in the second half for Cal Lutheran as it continually pushed its midfield forward.
The Regals finally broke through 52nd minute when Campbell played a perfect pass to Deardorff who dribbled around the Oxy keeper and flicked the ball into the goal for the first score of the game.
Minutes later Deardorff again had a one-on-one with the goalie but Renshaw won the second go-around, making a diving deflection and kept the lead at just one.
Occidental nearly found the equalizer with 20 minutes left to play when a corner-kick went across an open CLU goal but no Tiger was able to connect. The subsequent ball was corralled by Chelsea Braudo who sent it up to Duarte as CLU had a two-on-one counter-attack. Duarte took three dribbles before sending a pass over to Katelyn Kimball who was open but took one too many dribbles and Renshaw was able to swipe the ball away just before the shot.
In the 88th minute, following a clear by the goalie, Oxy sent a ball over the CLU defense and Julie Khil chipped the ball over Kristin Bailey for the tying goal. CLU had final one chance with 10 seconds left when Yahaira Hernandez had a free-kick from 35 yards out but the shot sailed just over the crossbar.
Scoring opportunities were scarce in the first over-time. Occidental had two shots on goal but Bailey came up with the save both times. Cal Lutheran had a corner-kick with the clock expiring but Taylor Will’s shot was deflected as time expired.
Finally, in the 112th minute, Brittany Eremita stole the ball just outside of the penalty box and passed it Deardorff who found a Hulse on a cross and the senior forward one-touched it in for the golden goal.
It was the sixth goal of the season for Hulse while Deardorff added her fifth. Bailey finished with six saves while sweeper Stephanie Gilbert and Medler played 120 minutes in the back.
With the loss, Occidental falls to 3-2-1 and 2-1 in SCIAC play.
Cal Lutheran (6-2, 3-0 SCIAC) will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 28 when takes Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont. Kickoff is set for 11:00am.