Chico State downs Cal State L.A.
Wildcats topple Golden Eagles in penalty kicks, advance on
LOS ANGELES -- Chico State won the first West Region title in program history by beating Cal State L.A. 4-3 in penalty kicks on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats saw a pair of freshmen rise to the occasion as goalkeeper Brianna Furner saved four Golden Eagles penalty kick attempts and Alyx Williams registered the match-winning PK, setting off a celebration unrivaled in the program's history.
Furner made three saves in regulation to notch her ninth shutout of the season. Both teams tallied three shots on goal, but the match remained scoreless through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.
The Wildcats, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament by beating Cal State Stanislaus on penalty kicks, did it again on Friday. But it was much tougher this time.
Carly Singer and Denni Jo Berger converted, but Golden Eagles goalkeeper Jessie Walworth matched Furner kick for kick in a gorgeous display of goalkeeping by each athlete. Tied 2-2 following the first five attempts, the teams went to sudden death with each team sending out one kicker apiece until the match was settled.
Molly Downtain matched the first Golden Eagles make before the next two kickers each missed wide. When Furner forced the next Cal State L.A. try wide with a dive, Williams had a chance to win it. She buried her shot into the back of the net and the Wildcats buried their hero goalkeeper in a dogpile of epic proportions.