The Lady Seasiders (4-6-2) dropped their home match to the Cal Baptist Lancers (4-4-3) on Thursday, Oct. 13, losing in overtime 2-1.
“We played great today. I was very proud of our team,” said Dan Dummar, head coach. “It could have gone either way. We had a chance in overtime but we missed a shot and they didn’t and sometimes that’s just how it goes.”
The Seasiders held their own against the Lancers, outshooting them in seven to five shots on goal. Fans and the team said they felt this was team’s best offensive effort of the season.
After a scoreless first half with both teams struggling to posses the ball in the attacking half of the field, the Seasiders opened up the second half with the first goal of the game.
The Seasiders broke the stalemate in 60 minute when midfielder Mackenzie Bean was able to dribble the ball into the attacking half of the field, making it all the way into Lancer territory before sending a through pass to forward Sydney Eddy. Cal Baptist goalie Sara Escobedo charged the ball but it ricocheted off of her, leaving an empty net that Eddy took quick advantage of. She sent the ball into the back of the net to give the Seasiders the first score of the game and a 1-0 lead.
“I felt offensively this was our best game. We were possessing the ball very well and moving the ball around. It gave us some great opportunities,” said Eddy, a senior from Tennessee majoring in journalism.
However, the Seasiders’ lead was short-lived as the Lancers struck back quickly with a goal in minute 65. After putting tremendous pressure on the Seasiders’ backline in a vicious counter attack, Cal Baptist forward Justene Kesterson was able to handle a pass from teammate Haley Wheelon, placing a lob shot into the back right corner of the net to even the score at 1-1.
After the tying score, both teams’ intensities picked up with both teams trading multiple shot attempts. With little resistance moving the ball down the field, the majority of the game’s action in the second half moved down the field around each team’s goals exciting both the sidelines and the crowd.
“I probably would say this is one of the better games I’ve seen them play this season,” said Eileen Faber, a Seasider fan who attended the game from Alaska to watch her daughter. “The pace was fast, and the passing was fantastic."
A last second push by the Seasiders in the final 30 seconds of regulation gave Eddy an attempt to end the game but her pivoting no look shot towards the right corner of the goal was barely saved by Escobedo sending the game to the sudden death extra period.
In the first minute of the overtime, the Seasiders quickly grabbed the momentum. After a precise lead pass found its way through the Cal Baptist defense, the ensuing point blank shot attempt by forward Meghan Walker was blocked.
Six minutes later, the Seasiders were able to stop and take possession of the ball after a Lancer shot attempt. A quick turnover led to the deciding goal as Cal Baptist forward Desarae Felix converted the turnover into a goal, kicking the ball past Seasider goalie Jaylie Jensen and sealing the win for the Lancers.
The Lady Seasiders return to action on Thursday, Oct. 20 when Hawaii Hilo visits BYU-Hawaii. The game is scheduled to be played at 2:30 p.m.