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Beach Drop Match Against No. 3 Cal, Top Long Beach City In Double-Header

Senior Pavo Ljepopio totaled 16 saves in the double-header.
Oct. 25, 2015

Long Beach, Calif. -

No. 8 Long Beach State battled in a close match up against California, but fell15-14  in double overtime. They bounced back after finishing strong to defeat Long Beach City College 12-11.


The Beach started the day with an intense match up against No. 3 California, where the 49ers fell 15-14 in double overtime. True freshman Keegan Wicken had a career-high seven goals at the Beach to lead his team.

Cal started the match with three straight goals, two off exclusions from the Beach. The exclusion from the 49ers' Duncan Lynde led to sophomore Conor Neumann putting the Bears on the board first with a minute off the clock.

Under 30 seconds later, Johnny Hooper got his shot of the cross bar for the 2-0 lead. The other exclusion came from LBSU's Austin Stevenson, where senior Colin Mulcahy gave Cal their early 3-0 lead with less than two minutes played.

Freshman Keegan Wicken gave the Beach their first goal off an exclusion from Cal senior Thomas Agramonte, but Cal went on to score two more goals. The 49ers answered, however, with a pair of goals of their own.

Hooper netted his second goal of the match, and freshman Timothy Simenc shot his first to extend his team's lead to 5-1 at the 2:55 mark.

Agramonte's second exclusion led to senior Zacchary Kappos' first goal of the match at the 1:39 mark. The Beach then drew a 5-meter penalty to make the score 5-3 going into the second quarter.

The Bears drew first in the second, with Mulcahy's second goal of the match off Stevenson's second exclusion to give Cal a 6-3 lead.

LBSU has another pair of goals to creep back into a one-point deficit against the Bears. Cal's fast offense caught them at a disadvantage after Lynde stayed back on a possession. Senior goalie Pavo Ljepopio threw the rebound to Lynde on the other end, who scored on the one-on-one.

This goal gave Cal a 6-5 lead at the midway point, until Mulcahy came with his third goal of the match and second of the period at 11 seconds left to go into half with a two-goal lead.

An intense second half followed filled with big saves and big plays.

The 49ers battled in the third quarter, outscoring Cal 3-1 to even the match at eight.

Two exclusions from the Bears ended in back-to-back goals for LBSU to even the match at seven. Lynde scored his second goal of the match from the pass from senior Dimitrios Lappas to cut the lead at one goal. Wicken notched his third goal of the match after at the five-minute mark.

Wicken gave the 49ers their first lead of the match with a long distance shot that bounced in the back of the net just under three minutes left.

The Bears answered back with Hooper scoring his third goal on a one-on-one with Ljepopio inside to even the match at eight going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth period was back and forth with eight total goals scored and the Beach scoring first. The first four goals was Wicken and Hooper trading goals.

Wicken energized the crowd and the bench with his fifth goal off the pass from Lynde to give the Beach a 9-8 at the 7:24 mark of the fourth period. Hooper answered with his fourth goal to even the match at nine.

Wicken had his sixth goal off an exclusion from Cal to give the Beach the one point advantage, but Hooper answered again with his fifth goal at the 4:30 mark.

An exclusion from the Bears' Thomas Carroll gave Wicken his seventh goal, but the 49ers defensive breakdown inside gave Thomas Appell the easy goal to tie the match back up.

Junior Patrick Goodenough scored his first goal of the match at the 1:36 mark off an exclusion fro Cal, but Hooper netted his sixth goal from a long distance shot, evening the match at 12 going into overtime.

Cal scored two goals to start the first overtime, but the 49ers came back with a pair of goals to even it back up.

Hooper had his seventh goal of the match to start, and Appel notched his second to give the Bears a 14-12 advantage with 1:33 left.

Sophomore Lovro Miocevic scored from the outside for his first goal, and Jacob Fujioka tied the match up at 14 with just 20 seconds left.

Freshman Odysseas Masmanidis hit the game-winner 15 seconds off the clock for Cal for his first goal of the match to upend the 49ers 15-14.

Ljepopio finished with nine saves in the loss, but had some crucial saves that kept his team close. Cal goalie Lazar Andric also finished with nine goals.


LBSU started off slow and sloppy in the second match of their double-header against Long Beach City College, but came back in a strong second half to defeat the Vikings 12-11.

LBCC's Giorgio La Rosa scored his team's first five goals, and the game's first four all in the first quarter. Senior Zacchary Kappos managed to get the Beach on the board toward the end of the quarter, trailing 4-1 going into the second.

Both teams traded goals in the second quarter as the Beach tried to find an offensive rhythm. Chandler Kaltenbach, Duncan Lynde and Lee Griffin all scored for the 49ers and La Rosa, Conor Shuey and Marton Gorbics netted goals for the Vikings.

The 49ers started to pick up their offense and intensity in the second half outscoring LBCC 8-4.

La Rosa netted his sixth goal of the match to start the third quarter. Kappos and Troy Kaltenbach had back-to-back goals to keep the Beach within two at 8-6. The Vikings came back with a pair of goals from Aaron Mowl and Tim Aakhus to extend their lead to four at the two-minute mark.

Griffin and Max Cusator trimmed LBCC's lead back to two at 10-8 with their goals going into the final quarter.

Sophomore Jacob Fujioka set the pace for the 49ers in the fourth, scoring back-to-back goals that evened the match at ten with less than two minutes off the clock. Chandler Kaltenbach followed with his second goal to give his team their first lead at 11-10.

La Rosa netted his seventh goal to tie the match, but Tice scored the deciding, game-winning goal to top the Vikings 12-11.

Garrett Kaltenbach started the first half with two saves, then Pavo Ljepopio took over the second with seven. Nick Wood started the match for the Vikings with five saves, and Noah Borin played the second half, finishing with two saves.

The Vikings fall to 16-4 overall. No. 3 California improves to 17-4 overall and 3-1 in MPSF action.

The 49ers split the double-header and are now 10-11 overall and 1-4 in MPSF action.

LBSU will continue their homestand with another double header on Saturday, Oct. 31 against No. 5 Stanford and Golden West College.




No. 3 California 15, No. 8 Long Beach State 14
Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center · Long Beach, Calif. · 10/25/15


CAL -   5, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1 | 15
3, 2, 3, 4, 2, 0 | 14

 - Johnny Hooper 7, Colin Mulcahy 3, Thomas Appel 2, Conor Neumann, Timothy Simenc, Odysseas Masmanidis
LBSU - Keegan Wicken 7, Duncan Lynde 2, Patrick Goodenough, Lovro Miocevic, Zacchary Kappos, Chandler Kaltenbach, Jacob Fujioka

 Lazar Andric 9
Pavo Ljepopio 9

BOX SCORE vs. Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College 11, No. 8 Long Beach State 12
Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center · Long Beach, Calif. · 10/25/15




 - Giorgio La Rosa 7, Tim Aakhus, Marton Gorbics, Aaron Mowl, Conor Shuey
Zacchary Kappos 2, Chandler Kaltenbach 2, Jacob Fujioka 2, Lee Griffin 2, Josh Tice, Duncan Lynde, Max Cusator, Troy Kaltenbach

 Nick Wood 5, Noah Borin 2
Garrett Kaltenbach 2, Pavo Ljepopio 7

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