Arizona Christian University (4-8-1, 1-6-0 GSAC) took its first ever win in Golden State Athletics Conference women’s soccer with a goal by freshman midfielder Jesslyn Jana (Placerville, Calif./El Dorado HS) 10 minutes into the second half, and sophomore forward Chelsea Ruland (Tucson, Ariz./Pusch Ridge Christian Academy) scoring the match-winning Golden Goal at 106:50 of the second 10-minute overtime period. ACU ended the match 2-1, over San Diego Christian College (5-8-0, 2-5-0 GSAC), Thursday, Oct. 18, in El Cajon, California. ACU played its second double overtime match of the season.
ACU takes on The Master’s College (9-4-2, 4-3-0 GSAC), which ranks 21st in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ poll, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m., on Pete Reese Field in Santa Clarita, California.
ACU’s dry spell finally ended at the 55:14 mark of the second half when Jana earned her first collegiate goal, deflecting home a pass into the penalty box area by Ruland, who gained her fifth career assist and second of the season.
Ruland and Jana hooked up again for the match-winner, with Ruland scoring her team-best eighth goal of the season and 18th career goal in 25 matches over two seasons. Jana’s pass from the left side split defenders and Ruland converted the pass to a goal from the right side. Jana and Ruland are tied for ACU’s career assists lead with five each, and Jana also owns the school single-season assist record.
San Diego Christian led 1-0 early when junior defender Rocio Corona tallied her first goal of the season just 9:09 into the first half off a pass from freshman forward Brice Poort, who picked up her first collegiate assist. Poort crossed the ball from the right side to Corona who struck the ball from just inside the penalty area.
SDCC outshot ACU, 8-4, in the first half, and goalkeepers Sandra Castro for SDCC and freshman Sydney Roller-Sotak (Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert H.S.) for ACU each saved two shots on goal in the opening 45-minute half. SDCC led 19-10 in shots at the end of the match, but ACU led 8-7 in shots on goal, and both goalkeepers made six saves. ACU attempted the only three shots on goal in the two overtime periods, and Castro saved two of them. Both teams attempted four corner kicks, but none in overtime.