For just under an hour Thursday night, the graduating seniors of the Cal State Bakersfield women’s soccer team seemed headed for a fairy tale ending on Senior Night.
In her first start of the season, winner Kaylee Covert assisted on fellow senior Rhyan Acosta’s game-winning goal shortly before half-time, then netted a long-range shot just after the break to extend the lead. Roadrunners at 2. -0 over UC San Diego.
It was Covert’s first career goal in his 47th appearance.
But after Dome Rodriguez was denied a potential third goal just 42 seconds later, the Tritons offense came to life. Midfielder Courtney Hilliard edged Anela Nigito on a breakaway and beat Hollee Hercik with a low, left shot in the 57th minute. Then, after three saves from Hercik to hold the 2-1 lead, she was beaten on a ball into the box by Kennedy Carter, who bounced a shot off the top of the bar for a last minute equaliser.
Bakersfield rookie Kalea Eichenberger holds off UC San Diego’s Camryn Borg for a pass during Thursday night’s game at CSUB.
Cal State Bakersfield midfielder Dome Rodriguez dribbles purposefully during Thursday night’s home game against UC San Diego.
Cal State Bakersfield players celebrate after Rhyan Acosta scored Roadrunner’s first goal in Thursday night’s game against UC San Diego.
Bakersfield’s Mya Fortun stumbles behind UC San Diego’s Sophia Bruno in Thursday night’s game, resulting in a tie for both teams.
Cal State Bakersfield’s Kiara Oliver works to keep UC San Diego player Sophia Bruno from gaining possession of the ball during Thursday night’s game hosted by the CSUB.
Bakersfield’s Solei Moton and UC San Diego’s Allie Luo battle for possession in Thursday night’s game, which ended in a tie.
Cal State Bakersfield senior Rhyan Acosta stays close to UC San Diego rookie Allie Luo in hopes of regaining possession in Thursday’s game hosted by the CSUB.
Cal State Bakersfield forward Jette Zimmer makes a pass during Thursday night’s game against UC San Diego.
Bakersfield forward Rhyan Acosta charged down the field after gaining possession in Thursday night’s home game against UC San Diego.
Bakersfield midfielder Mya Fortun contemplates a pass to teammate Catalina Roggerone during Thursday night’s game against UC San Diego.