Oct. 15, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Charlsie Harris scored on a header with one second left in overtime to provide the heroics for Utah State in a 2-1 victory against Long Beach State here Friday. The win keeps the Aggies spotless at home this season as they improved to 4-0 at Bell Field.
USU improved to 5-7-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big West with the triumph, while Long Beach dropped to 5-7-2 and 0-4-1 in the loss. Friday's win also pushes USU's unbeaten streak at home against conference opponents to six matches (5-0-1) dating back to last season.
"This was a huge win for us considering it was a conference match," said head coach Heather Cairns. "It was a pretty back and forth match and both teams had their moments. When we got down our team had a never die mentality that helped us pull even with Long Beach and eventually get the win."
With under 10 seconds left in overtime it looked as if the two teams were destined for a second overtime when USU's Michelle Haws controlled the ball on an attempt from Long Beach to clear and fired a cross that hit a streaking Harris for the game-winning header with :01 on the clock.
Haws had a break-out match for USU as she also tallied the Aggies' first goal of the match - her first of the season - in the 87th minute to pull USU even with the 49ers. Freshman Dana Peart dribbled down the left side and dropped a cross right on Haws' head for her first career assist.
"Michelle had a great game today," Cairns said. "She was able to keep us in the match and did a wonderful job of setting up [Charlsie] on that last play. Charity and Charlsie also did a fantastic job of keeping us focused."
Neither team was able to score in the opening 45 minutes despite both tallying seven shots in the period.
In the second period, Long Beach broke the scoreless tie on a cross from Allison Wiegand that found Kristin Travis on the left side of the box for a redirection that squeaked past Megan Mills at the 58:03 mark.
Mills finished with four saves in the match, while Meghan Hartwyk recorded two saves in the loss.
Utah State ended up outshooting the 49ers 18-12 and recorded seven corners to Long Beach's three. Lacy Kennington and Nicole Gooch recorded three shots to lead the Aggies in that category.
The Aggies put their two-match winning streak on the line as UC Irvine visits Logan on Sunday for a noon match.
UTAH STATE 2, LONG BEACH STATE 1 (OT) USU 0 1 1 - 2 LBS 0 1 0 - 0
SHOTS: USU 18, LBS 13 SHOTS ON GOAL: USU 4, LBS 5 SAVES: USU 4, LBS 2 FOULS: USU 15, LBS 19 CORNER KICKS: USU 7, LBS 3
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