RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Despite a three-goal lead, California Baptist University surrendered two late goals to Hawaii Hilo in the last five minutes, but held onto a 3-2 win as the final whistle blew.
"We played very well for 85 minutes," said head coach Gregg Schroeder. "We kept the ball moving and had a lot of possession throughout the run of play so the game was fun for our guys. They got a lot of touches on the ball and finished three good chances."
Thomas Carter put the Lancers on the board in the 21st minute of action. Alex Anderson first hit a shot on frame, but a Vulcan defender kept it out of the net. UHH couldn't clear it from danger, however, as Carter tucked away the rebound to put his team up 1-0.
Anderson got his chance to add to the scoreline in the 40th minute, netting his fourth goal of the season. As the Vulcans tried to clear a corner kick out of their 18-yard box, Anderson volleyed a misclear into the back of the net from eight yards out, giving CBU a 2-0 lead at the half.
Hoping to keep the momentum building, Anderson struck again less than five minutes into the second period. Paul Oliver laid off a through ball for Anderson, which he finished into the far post pocket, putting the Lancers in the lead with a 3-0 cushion.
"When you score three goals in a game, you feel pretty good," said Schroeder.
The feeling started to dwindle, however, as the Vulcans pressed in the last five minutes of action. Thomas Murphy wiped the clean sheet off the books by putting UHH on the scoreboard in the 86th minute.
"I think the guys got too relaxed, too complacent with how the game was going when UHH scored," said Schroeder. "They were completely fine with just being up 3-0, rather than working hard to get another or to keep any out of our net."
With seconds ticking away, David Robinson took advantage of a Lancer defensive breakdown, getting on one-on-one opportunity with Joey Pacheco. Despite the goalkeeper making himself big to cut down the angle, Robinson tucked the ball into the goal to put the score at 3-2, but time ran out before the Vulcans could find the equalizer.
The win lifts CBU to 3-3-1 on the season and 3-2 in PacWest play, while UHH drops to 3-3-0 overall and 1-2 in conference with the loss. The Lancers will look to shake off the scare as they host Hawaii Pacific on Thursday with another 3:30 p.m. kickoff time.
"This isn't the worst thing that could've happened since we still got a win," said Schroeder. "Thursday's game is going to be a lot more difficult, though. If we don't finish well, we're going to be in trouble. Hopefully we learned the lesson to finish well."