49ers look to build on last week's success against UCLA and Pacific
Oct. 31, 2012
49ERS HEAD TO UCLA BEFORE TAKING ON TIGERS AT HOME: Long Beach State jumps to seventh in the national polls tying with Pacific after defeating California Saturday 11-10. LBSU wraps up its three-game road swing Saturday against No. 2 UCLA at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The 49ers will then start their first of three home games against No. 7 Pacific Sunday. Both matches are slated to start at noon.
Long Beach State hopes to snap a 14-game winless streak against the Bruins. UCLA comes into Saturday's match with a six-game winning streak on the line. The 49ers' most recent conference victory over the Bruins (20-2, 3-0 MPSF) came in 2002. LBSU also defeated UCLA 9-5 in 2003 at the SoCal Tournament.
The 49ers (19-5, 1-2 MPSF) look to avenge their loss to Pacific in the opening match of the SoCal Tournament Sunday when the Tigers (9-7, 0-2 MPSF) come to Long Beach. LBSU leads the head-to-head series 47-28 with the most recent win coming in 2008 with a 13-6 Long Beach State victory.
LONG BEACH STATE TAKES DOWN CAL BEARS: The ninth-ranked 49ers took down No. 5 California Saturday afternoon in an 11-10 upset at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. The win gave Gavin Arroyo, a former All-American and Olympian at Cal (10-7, 1-3 MPSF), his first win against his alma mater since taking over at Long Beach State and the 49ers' first win over the Bears since 2001.
Spencer White found the back of the cage early on in the third to tie the game at 5-5 before the two teams exchanged a couple goals. Dan Matulis and Rascon scored back-to-back goals late in the third to give the 49ers a 9-7 lead heading into the final period.
Aleksa Saponjic almost completed the comeback-win for the Bears scoring three of his five goals in the fourth but Carter Taylor's goal with 1:42 remaining in the game was the difference.
Balint Meszaros finished the match with 11 saves.
49ERS DROP HEARBREAKER TO CARDINALS: No. 9 Long Beach State nearly came away with another upset Sunday afternoon against No. 4 Stanford at the Avery Aquatic Center but Alex Bowen's sixth goal with a minute 44 seconds left in the game was the eventual game-winner.
Nathan McConnell and Dan Matulis gave LBSU a 2-1 lead in the first period but the Cardinals fought back in the second period matching the 49ers goal-for-goal. Zacchary Kappos' goal with 21 seconds left in the second period gave Long Beach State a 5-4 lead heading into the second half.
Milos Vrzic tied the game up at 7-7 in the third at 1:55 but Bowen's goal with 34 seconds remaining in the third period gave the Cardinals an 8-7 lead heading into the fourth.
Nolan McConnell had a chance to tie the game up with a second remaining but the Cardinals keeper, Scott Platshon, got a hand on the ball.
Balint Meszaros recorded seven saves.
49ERS BY THE NUMBERS: Long Beach State owns a staggering 18-0 record when leading after the third quarter. Conversely, when trailing heading into the final period, the 49ers are 1-5.
Three players are ranked for the 49ers in the top 25 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in individual statistics. LBSU is tied for third with UCLA heading into this week's match up in team goals with a13.29 goals per game average.
Junior Dan Matulis stays in the top 10 this week placing eighth with 57 goals and a 2.38 goals per game average. Senior Spencer White is ranked 14th with a 2.04 goals per game average. True freshman Nolan McConnell is ranked 22nd averaging 1.26 goals per game scoring 29 goals.
Balint Meszaros recorded 18 saves over the weekend putting him at 213 saves on the year. With five conference matches left on the year, Meszaros needs just 22 saves to be the ninth-leading saves leader at Long Beach State. If Meszaros can average at least 8.8 saves per game the rest of the season, he can surpass Steve MacKenzie (2006) to take sole possession of sixth-place.