Red Raiders Drop First Game of 2013, 3-2

No. 23 Texas Tech was unable to keep Long Beach State off the board in the final two minutes of the match en route to their first loss of 2013.

LUBBOCK, TX - Long Beach State gained possession on the east side of the stadium.

It was just two minutes earlier that Eileen Maes scored on Texas Tech goalkieeper Victoria Esson to tie the game up.


This time Mimi Rangel had the ball. She sent a shot from outside the box. Esson came up to the top and dove.


Esson missed it.


The ball hit the back of the net with two seconds remaining. After a desperation shot from the middle of the circle by Hayley Haagsma was unsuccessful, the game was over.


The Long Beach State 49ers (1-2) upset the No. 23 Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-1) Sunday night at the John B. Walker Soccer Complex scoring two goals in the final three minutes to secure the 3-2 victory.


Tech went into halftime with 1-0 lead after Paige Strahan scored her first goal by bouncing the ball over Long Beach State goalkeeper Kaci McCain. Tech had five shots in the first half, while the 49ers were held to one.


The second half was a much different story. Long Beach State came out of the locker with two players having yellow cards attached to their names. The team had just five seniors and had yet to score a goal all season.


Regardless of the two yellow cards, Long Beach State kept up the aggressive play. Tech defender Bridgett Jenkins was the only one in the second half to receive a yellow card and the 49ers scored three goals including two in the final 2:17.


There were many bright spots for Tech including freshman forward Maddy Crabtree who scored her second goal of the season. Tech now has four players who have two goals this season. The other three include: Janine Beckie, Jessica Disabella and Haagsma.


Junior defender Jaelene Hinkle played her first minutes of the season after coming off of a leg injury. Freshman defender Meagan McCullough was also a bright spot taking a shot and being a nuisance for the 49ers offense during her 38 minutes of playing time.


Sometimes revenge is best served cold. That's the way Long Beach State enjoyed it Sunday. The Red Raiders upset then No. 20 Long Beach State 3-2 in double overtime when Janine Beckie hit a game winning shot with 31 seconds left. The game was played on a neutral site in Fullerton, Calif.


The Red Raiders will look to bounce back Friday against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Tech defeated The Titans 2-1 as a part of the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational in 2012.


The game will be played Friday at the John B. Walker Soccer Complex. First kick is set for 7:00 p.m.

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