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Women’s Soccer: McCallum’s last second heroics drop Houston 2-1 in overtime

The Matadors (1-4) came from behind and beat the University of Houston (1-2-1) 2-1 due to a last second goal in regulation by freshman forward Breanna McCallum which sent the game into overtime.

“The time was running out and we just never give up,” said McCallum. “When the girls crossed the ball over and we were trying to get it in, and I saw it and ran through it, and I was just thankful for the result.”

In overtime, it was junior forward Brittanie Sakajian who found the back of the net in the seventh minute to secure the win and end their four game losing streak.

“I saw Hannah (Wissler) get the ball, and she just slipped the ball into Bre ( McCallum), and then Bre just made a simple cross and I took a simple touch and finished it,” said Sakajian.

The empty netter got the Matadors their first win of the season, which should take the monkey off their backs according to Sakajian.

“I think it’s good to get it out of the way,” Sakajian said. “I feel like getting that first one is the biggest step, and then the rest just fall into place.”

The game plan for the Matadors in overtime was to keep their foot on the pedal by pushing players forward to create a numbers game ultimately giving them opportunities.

The Matadors found new life after the ref made the tying goal official.

“I just think it gave us so much more energy,” Sakajian said. “My mentality coming into this game was failure is not an option. This is our time, we are on our home field, we need to win. So I just think that energy kind of solidified that we are winning this game.”

The Matadors gave up the first goal of the match to Houston’s Kayla Walker in the 73rd minute. It came off of a counter-attack by Houston after the Matadors had been attacking the Cougars defense all night.

Walker slipped passed the defense and found the back of the net after a one-on-one with sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya.

“We were just pressing forward and got caught crossing up,” head coach Keith West explained.

The Matadors out shot the Cougars 30-5, including the only shot in overtime.

“We had numbers in the box,” said West. “Things we have been talking about in practice, and we executed at the end.”

McCallum explained that the deep ball and getting out wide helped open up space and time for her team to create plays.

Though the Matadors out shot the Cougars by 25 and found themselves down with time running out, they continued to put pressure on the Cougars defense until the final whistle.

West reminded his team to never give up.

“It ain’t over till the horn sounds.”

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