Sophomore forward Brenda Reyes (Hawthorne HS) scored two minutes into extra time in the second half to help lead the Long Beach City College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Los Angeles Harbor College in both teams' South Coast Conference opener on Tuesday.
With the win, the Vikings improved to 2-2-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play while L.A. Harbor dropped to 2-4-2 and 0-1 in the SCC.
LBCC trailed 1-0 at halftime after a goal by Harbor's Jennifer Vargas in the 45th minute, just moments before the whistle.
But Long Beach would come back in the second as Reyes and fellow sophomore Yasmyn Andrade (Delray, FL) connected for both of the Vikings' second-half goals.
Just two minutes into the second, Andrade took the pass from Reyes and beat Harbor goalkeeper Lissandra Ledesma to tie the game. Throughout the remainder of the second, both teams had scoring opportunities they couldn't finish.
In the 89th minute, LBCC freshman goalkeeper Isabella Reynosa (Lakewood HS) came up with the biggest save of the game. Harbor's Julia Fuentes nailed her shot to the lower left corner, but Reynosa's diving save to the far-side post kept the game tied and set the stage for Reyes' winner.
Reyes took a long breakaway pass down the middle from Andrade and slipped her shot by Ledesma to set off the Vikings' celebration.
Long Beach outshot Harbor by a 14-8 margin. Reynosa posted three saves during the second half for LBCC while freshman Evelyn Fierros (Bishop Amat HS) had one save in the first. Ledesma totaled five saves for the Seahawks.
Long Beach returns to action on Friday (Oct 3) when it travels to No. 1 nationally-ranked Cerritos College for a 4 pm conference game.