OCC defeat Chargers 5-4 at buzzer in opening round
Dorado scored tying goal at the 4:54 mark for the Chargers
Cypress, CA - In the opening round of the OEC Championships at the Cypress Aquatics Center, the Chargers grind out the press defense and it worked for 31:57 of the 32:00 game clock. OCC scored with 9 seconds left in the 3rd period to take a 4-3 lead into the 4th. The Chargers tied the game on an outside lob shot by Monique Dorado to tie it at 4-4 with 4:54 to go in the game. The Pirates took some speedy shots at Cypress Goalkeeper Kelsey Kendall who made some spectacular stops to give her team a chance to advance into the winner's bracket. The Chargers had possession of the ball with 49 seconds to go, Sandy Hernandez made a slap shot to left side of the goal but OCC's goalie Anna Venturini made a specular save and giving the Pirates the ball with 19 seconds to go. Alyssa Thomas took a shot from the middle with Charger Sarah Oh's tight defense but managed to get the ball pass Kendall with 3 seconds to win 5-4.
The Chargers must not fighting their way out of the loser bracket on Saturday. Time will be TBD.