Wild Shootout Ends UC Irvine's Season
IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine and San Diego battled for 110 minutes, but were still tied, 2-2. The Toreros outlasted UCI to take the first round match winning 5-3 in penalty kicks Friday night at Anteater Stadium.
The match started out on a sour note with USD (12-7-1, 7-1-0) scoring the fifth minute. Stephanie Ochs and Mariah Butera took advantage of a mess in the 'Eaters' defensive third as Butera put it just under the hand of Jennifer Randazzo (San Jose / Presentation HS) for the 1-0 lead.
UCI (14-4-3, 6-1-1) took control of the match firing shot after shot until Zoya Farzaneh (Irvine / Irvine HS) found a loose ball in the middle of the box and shoveled it in to tie the match, 1-1, in the 23rd minute.
Both squads continued the furious pace, but USD would respond before the half. Taylor Housley snuck in behind the 'Eaters defense and scored off a great cross from Stephanie Ochs in the 41st minute to give them the 2-1 lead.
The second half started out chippy as each squad upped the physicality.
UCI was relentless in attacking as Lexi Kopf (Sonora / Sonora HS) and CoCo Goodson (Ramona / University of Texas) each had prime chances. Every Anteater starter had a shot in the match with 10 of them going on goal.
One of the biggest ones came from Amanda Hardeman (Laguna Niguel / Santiago Canyon College) who would be on the receiving end of Dana Sanderlin's (Upland / Upland HS) cross as she put it away from six yards out with just a minute and a half to go.
The half would run out as the two squads went into overtime.
The best chance of overtime came in the first minute as Zuri Walker (San Diego / Francis Parker HS) got the ball at the top of the box and nailed a shot that Torero keeper, Courtney Parsons, would dive and save to keep the scored tied, 2-2.
UC Irvine would keep attacking including four corner kicks in the second overtime, but that period would run out as well to send it to penalty kicks.
Senior Judy Christopher (Ontario / Upland HS) led off for the 'Eaters, but was stopped by an unbelievable save from Parsons.
USD would sink its shots in order while Sanderlin and Goodson, with an absolute rocket, would follow.
Torero player, Elissa Magracia, just barely scored as her shot banked off the post and just rolled across the line.
Walker's unconventional shot would keep UCI in it, but Stephanie Ochs would end it on the fifth try from the Toreros bumping them into the next round.
The 'Eaters finish the season at 14-4-3. Randazzo factored in all of the decisions as she came away with two saves tonight finishing the year with 73.
Hardeman scored her third goal of the season, second in three matches, for a total of six points on the year.
Farzaneh had been held scoreless to this point as she put in her first goal of the season and her career stretching her point total to three this season.
Sanderlin and Cami Privett (Bakersfield / Frontier HS) each earned an assist giving them each five on the season.
The team finishes with its third best winning percentage in a single season behind the 2010 (19-3-2) and 1998 (14-3-3) teams. The 14 wins ties them with the 1998 squad for third-most victories also behind the 2010 (19) and 1997 (15) clubs.