Seasiders fall on pair of late Lancer goals

Seasiders fall on pair of late Lancer goals

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer fell 2-1 to California Baptist in overtime Thursday at the BYU-Hawaii soccer field.

Peter Puertas recorded two shots and the lone goal for the Seasiders (4-5-2, 3-4-1 PacWest). The only other shot on goal came from Braden Bailey.

Aidan Apodaca led all players with six shots and three on goal, scoring the game-winning goal.

Cal Baptist (7-4-0, 3-3-0 PacWest) finished with 15 total shots, holding BYU-Hawaii to six. The Seasiders had three corner kicks and six fouls to the Lancers' six and 12, respectively.

After a saved shot in the first seconds of the extra period, a corner into the box was cleared directly to Apodaca who controlled the ball on the left side of the box and sent a shot just inside the back post to secure a 2-1 Cal Baptist victory in the 92nd minute.

In the 23rd minute, James Bogdanovich had a chance to give the Lancers a lead with a header, but keeper Dwayne Wittman (1-3) got the save. Westholm followed with another shot that went wide minutes later.

Davila sent the ball to Kern O'Reilly who put it in the box and Puertas dived in front of a defender to head the ball into the goal and give BYU-Hawaii a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute. With 10 seconds remaining in the half, Hugo Gutierrez tried to retaliate, but Wittman saved his shot.

Puertas looked to extend the Seasider lead, but his shot skimmed the top of the crossbar in the 61st minute. Apodaca took his second shot of the half that went wide right before his teammate Gutierrez put another shot on goal that Wittman got his gloves on in the 67th minute.

Two minutes later Bailey tried to increase the BYU-Hawaii lead, but Lancer keeper Noah Oyler (7-3) came up with the save. Back-to-back shots by Cal Baptist in the 70th minute were saved and went high.

A corner kick from Gutierrez in the 81st minute bounced around in front of the goal before Westholm put it through to tie the game 1-1. Thee additional shots from the Lancers and one by BYU-Hawaii were unable to make it though, sending the game into overtime.  

The Seasiders return to the field Thursday to host Hawaii Hilo at 12 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online. 

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