EL PASO, Texas – After nearly 120 minutes of waiting through a weather delay and 107 minutes of gritty soccer action, the CSU Bakersfield women's soccer team's patience paid off. Redshirt freshman Kamari Hines sealed a 1-0, double overtime victory for the Roadrunners with the game-winning goal at 11:23 p.m. in Texas.
“There were so many challenges tonight for our program to overcome,” said Gary Curneen, Head Coach of the `Runners. “Back-to-back games within 48 hours on the road, rain delay, hostile environment, quality opponent, and an emotionally charged game.”
Despite the odds being against CSUB, Curneen described how his team fought through for the victory: “Our response to those challenges was to attack every single one of them relentlessly and find a way to win the game. Our mentality was spot on tonight and I'm so proud of the team for reaching down deep for this program. This is a great night for the team. We will enjoy it and use the experience to propel us to become even better.”
The `Runner offense dominated the first half of the match, giving sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Bertram little to worry about. CSUB's keeper saved the one shot she faced in the first 45 minutes while Bakersfield outshot UTEP 6-1 in the period. The Miners' Alyssa Palacios countered with four saves to keep the match scoreless.
The second half fared more even, but the `Runners still enjoyed the majority of opportunities. Palacios made three saves in the second period while Bertram rejected both of the shots on goal that she faced. The two teams remained scoreless through regulation and stretched the night even further into overtime.
The first overtime period favored the Miners, but Bertram and the `Runner defense held off the UTEP attacked. Six minutes and 44 seconds into the second and final overtime, CSUB broke through for the game-winner. Hines received a ball from junior Sabrina Delgado and buried it into the left-hand corner of the frame for the victory.
Hines' goal was her second of the season and the first collegiate game-winner for the Washington transfer. Delgado's assist was her first of the year while Bertram and the `Runner defense earned their second shutout of 2017.
The `Runners improved to 2-2-0 on the season with the victory in El Paso and will return to Bakersfield with momentum. CSUB will have nearly a week off before its next competition, a home match against Denver on Aug. 31. The `Runners will close next weekend at Fresno State on Sunday, Sept. 3.