California Baptist’s Chantel Cappuccilli lifts Lancers to 3-2 OT victory, PacWest Championship

Chantel Cappuccilli RIVERSIDE, Calif. – When California Baptist's Chantel Cappuccilli played a long ball from the right side into the upper-left corner of the net, she provided the Lancers with much more than a 3-2 overtime win 8:57 into the extra sessions vs. Point Loma.

Cappuccilli's goal gave California Baptist the Pacific West Conference Women's Soccer Championship.

The victory pushed the Lancers to a 12-1 PacWest mark that totals 36 points. With one game left on each of their respective schedules, second-place Azusa Pacific could only catch the Lancers in points and share a tie for first place; however, California Baptist owns the tiebreaker with its Sept. 20 victory over the Cougars.

The Lancers scored an own goal to take a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute but found themselves down 2-1 after consecutive goals by Kelly Christerson and Tara Kracy of Point Loma.

However, in the 80th minute Bernadette Witz pumped in the game-tying goal on an assist by Kelly Jenks to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime.

While California Baptist owns the PacWest title and Azusa Pacific is a close second, neither is eligible for the NCAA II West Region playoffs leaving the automatic qualifier in limbo for another few days.

The post-season playoff berth will be decided this week between Grand Canyon and BYU-Hawaii. With an 8-3-2 conference record, the Antelopes have 26 points and can clinch the post-season playoff with a win at home vs. California Baptist on Nov. 3.

If the Antelopes lose, BYU-Hawaii could slide into the post-season tournament with a victory and a tie vs. Holy Names (Nov. 1) and Chaminade (Nov. 3). If the Antelopes tie, then the Seasiders would need two victories to close the deal.

The tiebreaker between the two schools would belong to Grand Canyon on the basis of a 1-0 victory on Oct. 6 by the Antelopes in Phoenix. BYU-Hawaii's goal is not to finish in a deadlock with the Grand Canyon.