Lawson’s Last-Minute Heroics Send Bears to 1-1 Double Overtime Draw


BERKELEY – California senior Emi Lawson (Seattle) has the distinct honor of being known for one of the earliest goals in Cal women’s soccer history, and after today, also one of the latest goals. Against Colorado on Friday afternoon at Goldman Field – the final home match of the season and Senior Day – Lawson found net with just four seconds left in regulation time of the second half to send the game into overtime, eventually settling for a 1-1 double overtime tie with the Buffs.
With the No. 9/20 Golden Bears down 1-0, Lawson connected off a corner kick from fellow senior Ariana Martinez (Moorpark, Calif.) at 89:56, heading the ball into the net from the front left post for the equalizer.
“I’ve been just waiting for a setpiece to finish. I couldn’t be happier that it came at a time when we needed a goal, and senior day was just icing on the cake,” Lawson said.
Despite the last-minute heroics, the game ended in a tie in double overtime as the Bears were again plagued by minutes of complacency.
“We came out flat. When you come out flat, good teams are going to take advantage of you,” said Golden Bear head coach Neil McGuire.
Still, the team rallied by the start of the second half, ultimately producing eight of 13 shots within the frame to edge Colorado’s nine shots.  Five of Cal’s nine corner kicks came during the overtime periods. The team also did a standout job in limiting Colorado’s leading scorer, Anne Stuller, to just one shot. Heading into the matchup with the Bears, Stuller had already notched eight goals and six assists with 65 total shots in 2013 alone.
“Even though we didn’t play particularly well, we were able to come back and garner some good success in part of the match. Offensively, we just have to do a better job of executing,” McGuire said.
While the first half was more of a back-and-forth between the teams, the Buffaloes found a way to get on the board in the 67th minute. With a pass from Stuller, Madison Krauser dribbled into the center from the left side of the field, sweeping past a California defender before popping the ball into the center of the net.
As the clock ticked down to the final seconds, Lawson, one of Cal’s three captains this season, took control of the game.
“When Ari went out there, I pointed to her and said ‘Find my head,’” Lawson said. “I didn’t care who I had to run down. I was going to get the ball.”
“It was a great service and a great goal. In the moment, if you’re going to have the ball land on someone’s head you want it to be Emi Lawson,” McGuire said. “She’s just the rock of our team and people have leaned on her for four years. I’m excited to see her get the just rewards.”
Lawson is also famous for her kickoff goal in 2012. Against Washington State last season, just five seconds into the match, Lawson lined up at the whistle and took the kick for the score.
And it was only fitting on Senior Day that Lawson’s career on Goldman Field finished in the same manner it started. Her first collegiate goal came as a freshman in 2010, when in the 86th minute Kate Bennett took a corner kick and crossed it to Lawson, who found the goal to force an overtime and eventual tie with Pacific.
“A lot of the goals that I have scored in my career have been to tie the game,” Lawson said. “It’s pretty funny that my first goal was on that same goal, from a corner kick. It’s kind of cool to have my career here finish off full circle.”
Cal is now 9-1-5 (2-1-3 Pac-12) heading into the last stretch of regular-season play – a five-game road swing that begins Friday, Oct. 25 against Oregon State at 7 p.m.
66:43 Colorado -- Krauser, Madison (Stuller, Anne)
89:56 Cal --Lawson, Emi (Martinez, Ariana)
COLO 7 (Brunner, Annie 7), California 5 (Kruger, Emily 4; TEAM 1)

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