Zags Complete Comeback on Senior Day
Oct. 23, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's soccer team scored three goals in an 11-minute span to complete a thrilling 4-3 overtime comeback win over Pacific on Senior Day at Luger Field Sunday. Every senior that played in the match had an impact in the wild finish.
The Zags (6-7-2, 2-4-0 West Coast Conference) trailed 3-1 in the 80th minute, before making the furious rally. It's the first time GU has rallied from a two-goal deficit for a win since beating San Francisco, 3-2, after trailing 2-0, on Nov. 2, 2014. It was also the Bulldogs' first overtime win since defeating North Texas in double overtime, 2-1, on Sept. 19, 2014.
"What a win for our seniors," Gonzaga Head Coach Amy Edwards said. "It was such a gutsy and gritty performance! A big thank you to Tommy, Cody, and the entire facilities staff for getting Lugar Field playable this weekend after all of the rain this past week. They put in so much hard work and effort, so we owed them our best and two wins!"
Aliyah Miller scored her second goal of the day, and fourth of the season, with 42 seconds remaining in regulation to send the match into extra time. Then, Kelly Bieraugel struck a ball beautifully into the net just 57 seconds into the first overtime period for the win. The Zags' bench, along with many fans, stormed the field following Bieraugel's winning goal.
Pacific's (1-12-1, 1-5-1 WCC) Samia Adam opened the scoring in the 11th minute off of a penalty kick. She took advantage of a GU foul in the box and struck a ball well into the corner of the net.
In the 39th minute, the Tigers' Sigrid Aas brought in a ball just outside the box, took a dribble, then curled a ball to the far post over the leaping Gonzaga keeper.
The Zags outshot Pacific, 6-3, in the first half, but both teams had two shots on goal. GU had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes.
Miller scored her third goal of the season in the 62nd minute for the Zags. The senior's fifth career goal came off of a header on a corner kick from Taylor Kernion. It was Kernion's third assist in her freshman season.
Three minutes later, Bianca Lopez slid a ball past the GU keeper to the near post. Lopez's first goal of the season came off of an assist from Adam.
Gonzaga cut the lead to one with 10 minutes remaining when Bieraugel found Sydney Anderson on a long ball into the box, and Anderson finished the cross with a header low to the far post. The goal was Anderson's first career score, and it came on Senior Day. Bieraugel now has two career assists.
In the 90th minute, Sarah Carter played a ball into the box from midfield that was flicked on by a header from Anderson, and Miller then headed it into the net to even the score.
Bieraugel then scored the game-winner not even a minute into overtime. Kristin Standish led Baggerly on a throw in, Baggerly then one-timed a pass on the ground across the box, and Bieraugel kicked it to the far post with her first touch.
Gonzaga had a decisive 19-5 advantage in shots, placing a season-high 13 on frame. The Zags forced Pacific's Melissa Ma into nine saves. The Tigers had three shots on goal. GU also had a 9-2 lead in corner kicks.
Prior to the match, GU honored nine seniors that played their final game at Luger Field. Ashley Aberton, Anderson, Baggerly, Bieraugel, Carter, Lauren Luke, Miller, Meg Rapp and Standish all wrapped up their final home matches at Gonzaga.
Gonzaga travels to Santa Clara Friday for a 7 p.m. matchup with SCU. The Broncos (6-6-4, 3-2-1) also had an overtime win Sunday, 2-1 at Loyola Marymount. Live video and stats will be available on GoZags.com Friday.
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