Oct. 12, 2013
Newport Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State won their first game of the SoCal Tournament, winning for a third time on the year against Loyola Marymount in a 10-7 victory. Zacchary Kappos scored three times to pace the 49ers.
No. 7 Long Beach State (15-3) got out to a hot start, as Carter Taylor got the 49ers on the board early. Kappos scored two straight goals near the end of the period to spot the 49ers a 3-0 lead, while the 49ers defense was stout, and Pavo Ljepopio made some big saves to keep the Lions off of the board.
Taylor scored the first goal of the second period as the 49ers took a 4-0 lead, but Loyola Marymount (9-7) came storming back, scoring two goals before the end of the hald, and then scoring the first three goals in the third period to take a 5-4 lead with 1:31 remaining after a goal from Milutin Mitrovic.
The 49ers bounced back for their first goal in over eight minutes as Kappos converted a penalty, and the two teams traded goals into the fourth quarter. Down 7-6, Devin Mefford scored and Milos Vrzic followed with another goal on the next trip down to get the lead back for the 49ers with 5:02 remaining.
Sinan Karatay came through with a big save following a Long Beach State exclusion to hold onto that edge with one minute to play, and then the 49ers rode that momentum and put away the game with a Nolan McConnell goal. Dimitrios Lappas put in a final goal to close out the game in the final seconds.
Long Beach State will continue play today with another game at Corona Del Mar High School this afternoon, facing No. 2 USC at 2 p.m.
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