CHICO, Calif. --- California Baptist University couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead, falling in overtime, 3-2, to Chico State on the road Thursday.
The Lancers looked in control in their season opener after two second half goals, but couldn’t hold the Wildcats in check, giving up a late goal to force overtime and then the clincher in the second extra period.
“We were playing a good team today and even though we played well we didn’t get the result we wanted,” said CBU Head Coach Kristen St. Clair. “This was a very fast-paced game that looked like a playoff game in September. We put together a tough non-conference schedule in order to get us ready for the season and games like this will do that. There are definitely some things to work on going forward, we would have liked to hold on for the win, but overall I was happy with the effort we put forth.”
CBU came out with a flurry in the second half, scoring just over five minutes into the period on a header by Kelly Jenks. Silvia Sanchez played it into the box on a restart and Jenks knocked it to the opposite post for CBU’s first goal of the season 50 minutes into the game.
Less than four minutes later the Lancers would strike again, as Lindsay Vesling buried a pass from Jenks to the far post, giving CBU what seemed like a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats woke up, however, getting in on the scoring frenzy in the 59th minute on an 18 yard blast by Danielle Leiva.
CBU still seemed in control as the minutes ticked away late, but Chico State’s Scotie Walker had other plans as she ruined the Lancer’s opener with a pair of goals. The first came in the 85th minute when Walker buried a pass from Carly Singer in the box. It was again Singer to Walker in the 100th minute, ending the game on a 10 yard strike.
The Lancers outshot the Wildcats 18-14 in the game, putting eight balls on target to seven for Chico State.
The loss drops CBU to 0-1, while the Wildcats open the year 1-0. The Lancers continue their Northern California road trip, heading to Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday.