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Friday, Aug 22 2014 11:06 PM

'Runners edged in opener by Gonzaga in second OT

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Becca Ellis, left, and Gonzaga's Tori Lee battle for the ball during Friday night's match at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Ashley Borel, right, cuts off Gonzaga's Jordan Travis in the first half Friday night at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Taylor French, right, and Gonzaga's Heather Johnson battle for the ball during Friday's match at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Taylor Wheeler, Center, splits Gonzaga's Mikayla Anderson, left, and Heather Johnson, right, during action Friday night at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Gonzaga's Heather Johnson, left, gets a handful of CSUB's Becca Ellis' jersey during first half action Friday at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Gonzaga's Lauren Luke, left, heads the ball as CSUB's Elena Morrison watches during Friday's match at CSUB.

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    CSUB's Brittany Mejia, right, battles Gonzaga's Kasey Rubosky during the first half Friday at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's goalkeeper Tori Ornela grabs the ball during Friday's match against Gonzaga at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    The CSUB women's soccer team starts the first match of the season with a cheer before taking on Gonzaga Friday at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Dominiques Smith, left, and Gonzaga's Katey Pennington battle for the ball during first half action Friday at CSUB.

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    CSUB's Heda Regefalk, right, is held up by a Gonzaga player while on dribble during Friday's match at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Maja Green, left, and Gonzaga's Mikayla Anderson battle for the ball in the first half Friday at CSUB.

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    CSUB goalkeeper Tori Ornela, center, blocks a shot on goal during first half action Friday at CSUB.

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    CSUB's Elena Morrision, right, and Gonzaga's Tori Lee work for a header during action Friday night at CSUB.

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    CSUB's Hedda Regefalk, right, and Gonzaga's Sarah Carter battle for the ball during first half action Friday at CSUB.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB's Elena Morrison, right, works the ball toward the goal during Friday's soccer match against Gonzaga.

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BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian

The Cal State Bakersfield women's soccer team was dominated statistically in its season opener on Friday night.

But despite a lopsided final stat sheet the Roadrunners came agonizingly close to garnering a non conference draw with Gonzaga at the CSUB Main Soccer Field.

Instead, Cassie Geerdts scored a goal with 13 seconds left in the second overtime period to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory.

Gonzaga outshot CSUB 30-4 in improving to 3-0 all-time against the 'Runners.

"We can't complain," CSUB first-year coach Gary Curneen said. "We absorbed an awful lot of pressure there, and they threw everything at us. ... It just became mental at the end...We came very, very close. I felt we grew tonight as a team but I still think this group has to be stronger. It's not unlucky result there."

The 30 shots is the most allowed by CSUB since Oct. 2, 2008, when USC fired off 37 in a 7-0 win against the 'Runners.

"Well, we did make it exciting because we left it to the last 13 seconds," Gonzaga coach Amy Edwards said.

"We didn't have a plan to do that but our mental strength, I think, kept us in the game because we could have become very frustrated. They did a good job of putting a block in front of the goal."

Gonzaga completely controlled the first half, attempting 10 shots compared to just one for the 'Runners.

The Bulldogs led 1-0 at halftime on Tori Lee's penalty kick goal in the 14th minute.

Heather Johnson sent a long pass down the field to Mikayla Anderson, who was tripped inside the box by 'Runners defender Becca Ellis.

Moments later Lee fired a low laser into the left corner of the net past CSUB goal keeper Tori Ornela.

Ornela had eight saves, two off of her career high.

The 'Runners' lone goal came 4 minutes, 6 seconds into the second half when Ashley Borel punched in a short goal after Haley Hatfield hammered a hard shot right in front of the near post that deflected off Gonzaga keeper Christie Tombari.

The score was CSUB's only shot on goal of the night. The Bulldogs had 11 shots on goal. Gonzaga had nine corner kicks. The 'Runners took one.

"I can't fault their effort," Curneen said of his team. "I can't fault their commitment. But we need to improve on that. We're not here to absorb 110 minutes of pressure from teams. We're here to do a little bit more on the ball."

Geerdt's game-winning goal came soon after she reentered the game as a substitution.

Anderson and Jordan Travis were both credited with assists on the play, which consisted of a short cross that was deflected and then quickly sent over to Geerdts for the score.

"It was a team effort," Geerdts said. "...There was not much to it we just played really hard."

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