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Elston's two goals lead ASU women's soccer win

September 11, 2009

Junior midfielder Alexandra Elston scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime as the Arizona State women's soccer team defeated San Diego State 2-1 on Friday night.

For the Sun Devils (4-1-1) it was their second overtime contest in as many games (third of the season) after battling eighth-ranked Virginia to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

"[Winning in overtime] is special for us," ASU head coach Kevin Boyd said following the game. "We have played three overtimes now this year [and] we have won twice and tied once. Last year we played six overtimes and we never won, tying four times and losing twice. "[ASU assistant coach Blair Quinn] said to the team afterward that it was not our best performance, which is absolutely true, but they found a way to win and that is the mark of a good team."

All of the scoring in Friday's match came following a 40-minute lightning delay in the second half as both teams were unable to generate any offense through the first 56-plus minutes of the game. All of that would change in the 57th minute when Elston began the scoring, connecting on a header off a corner kick by teammate Courtney Tinnin.

San Diego State (3-3-1) would answer in the 70th minute when Aztec junior midfielder Cat Walker was able to maneuver her way around ASU's defense and send a shot which bounced off the cross bar and across the goal line to tie the game at 1-1.

Neither team was able to score the go-ahead goal in the final 20 minutes of regulation, sending the contest into the extra session. Eight minutes into overtime Elston brought the match to a halt when her header off teammate Sierra Joseph's free kick found its way into the net for the 2-1 win.

"[Alexandra] is becoming a threat with her head on set pieces," said Boyd about Elston's two goals. "The fact that she got two with her head is outstanding for us. Everyone who scouts us knows that Carly [Kallas] is the one to factor in, but when you start adding [Alexandra], now there are two people to worry about. Tinnin has been very good with her head as well and now there are three people to worry about. It starts making us significantly more dangerous."

ASU returns to action next week when it travels to the state of Nebraska for contests against Creighton on Friday (7 p.m. CT/ 5p.m. PT) and Nebraska on Sunday (noon CT/10 a.m. PT).