Oct. 20, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ---Fresno State senior Morgan Castain scored the golden goal in double overtime to secure a 2-1 Mountain West win over Air Force at Cadet Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon
In a late scoring game, Fresno State (8-7-2, 5-2-1 MW) pushed an extra 16 minutes to win its fifth overtime match of the season.
"I was really proud of the teams' response today, considering we went down a goal so late in the match," said Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka. "When the goal came we knew we had to throw everything at them."
The game was scoreless until the 86th minute of the game when Air Force's Christy Cooper passed to Meredith Reisinger who fired from right corner of box over the keeper. Reisinger's goal put the Falcons up 1-0 with just four minutes left in the game.
Under pressure Fresno State battled right back, scoring the tying goal in the 89th minute. From 15 yards outside of box, senior Lauren Lindstrom crossed to Jaycee Bingham who fired on the low right side of the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
"I was really pleased that we kept our composure because we had very little time to get back into the game," said Zwaschka. "We didn't rush and we did the right things, we got the opening that we needed and we put one away."
Neither team was able to score in the remaining minute of regulation, sending the game into overtime. The two teams exhausted the first 10-minute overtime period without a goal, forcing the match into the second overtime period.
In the 106th minute Sam Brechmann sent the ball through to Castain who fired across the box to right for golden goal and a Fresno State 2-1 victory. This was Castain's 10th goal of the season, and sixth career game-winning goal.
"Everybody knew what we had to do and we finally put the pieces together and put together a very nice goal to put the game away," added Zwaschka. "I was really proud that we kept our cool and we did the right things to come away with the win."
The 'Dogs return home this Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. when they host first year program Colorado State for Senior Day in Bulldog Stadium.
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