SAN DIEGO – BYU-Hawaii was unable to hold on in a 1-0 loss in double overtime to Point Loma on Saturday afternoon at PLNU Soccer Field.
Mark Stanley (3-3) played well in the net, finishing with four saves for the Seasiders (8-8, 6-5 PacWest). Matt Roberts and Jacob McRae each added a shot on goal. Point Loma (8-5-2, 7-3-1 PacWest) applied strong offensive pressure, outshooting BYU-Hawaii 17-5 and 5-2 on frame.
In the 105th minute, the Sea Lions were able to net the golden goal after Nico Tagaloa quickly advanced the ball to Eduardo Gallardo and he sent a first-touch volley into the left corner of the net.
Point Loma started the game quickly on offense, getting off two shots within the first six minutes. A corner kick in the 13th minute provided a goal-scoring opportunity for Daniel ten Bosch, but BYU-Hawaii keeper Mark Stanley was able to come up with the save.
Point Loma was able to get another shot and a header off before winning a corner in the 32nd minute, but the Sea Lions failed to capitalize on all three attempts due to the Seasider back four.
BYU-Hawaii's scoring opportunity came in the final minutes of the first half with a corner taken by Brando Barron and shot by Jake McRae, but neither was able to find the target sending both teams into the break scoreless.
The second half only saw an exchange of shots, but neither team was able to find the back netting. In the 68th minute, Jake McRae forced a save from the Sea Lions keeper, Avrin Yakou (3-2-1), to keep it a scoreless game. Moments later, a shot on frame by Matt Roberts in the 75th minute forced another intervention from Yakou to keep the game tied.
Stanley displayed great mental toughness on back-to-back saves in the 80th minute to keep the Seasiders' hopes alive. Two minutes later the Sea Lions put Stanley to the test again and he was able to grab the ball once more. Despite a flurry of corners and shots by an aggressive Point Loma team, BYU-Hawaii was able to fend off the attack and send the game to overtime.
The Seasiders will return home to wrap up its season next week, beginning with a game against Hawaii Pacific on Thursday at 3 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.