LOS ANGELES -It was an 11th minute goal that put the Lions ahead early, but after the Anteaters answered in the 60th minute, neither team was able to score a late game-winner. Loyola Marymount (3-1-2) and UC Irvine (2-1-3) played to a 1-1 tie in double overtime Friday night.
"I told the girls after the game, anytime you come away with a point, it will help us in the long run of where we want to be," said Head Coach Michelle Myers. "In terms of UCI, I thought they were a very good team. They were very strong and their formation forced us to adjust and make changes on the fly. It was a good experience for us because we'll face more teams in many formations."
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It was Sarah Sanger's first goal of the season that put LMU on top early. Sanger knew exactly what to do after Sarina Bolden's cross was batted down by the keeper towards her foot, and put it away, giving the Lions the lead 11 minutes into the game.
After taking the lead into the locker room, it was UCI that came out with a response. Kiana Palacios capitalized on a stolen ball by Noel Baham off an LMU free kick with her team-high fourth goal in six games. The goal was part of the 10-2 shot advantage the the `Eaters held in the second half.
UCI finished with a 22-10 advantage in shots, winning every period except the second overtime. LMU had its best chance to end it in the 107th minute as Bolden used her speed to push ahead and go toe-to-toe with UCI's goalkeeper. Maddie Newsom came up big with back-to-back game-saving stops to finish with six saves on the night. Charlee Pruitt made five saves in LMU's net.
"Overall, I was very happy with our players," said Myers. "They showed effort and never gave up all night. They kept a point on the board for us, keeping us strong at Sullivan Field."
The Lions will have a quick turnaround after the Friday night game, and faces Long Beach State at 1 p.m. Sunday back at Sullivan Field. Long Beach played Friday as well, shutting out San Diego, 3-0, at home, and outshooting the Torreros, 13-3, in the process.
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