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Playoff berth on line against Pacific

Nick Rascon and the 49ers have the MPSF Tournament within reach with a win over Pacific.

Nov. 15, 2011

Long Beach State (16-9, 1-6) vs. Pacific (11-11, 1-6)

12:00 p.m. -- Stockton, Calif.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

49ERS TRAVEL TO PACIFIC WITH PLAYOFFS ON THE LINE: Long Beach State makes the road trip to Stockton, California with a berth in the MPSF Conference up for grabs. The 49ers 1-6 in conference can capture the final stop in the tournament by defeating the Tigers with an identical conference record.

PETROVIC CRACKS TOP 15 IN CAREER GOALS: Senior Aleksandar Petrovic is ranked 13th all time in career goals at Long Beach State as he ran his total to 140 with three goals against UCLA and two more against LMU. His 53 goals on the season is a new career high for the Serbian native. With three more goals, he can move up into the 12th position.

LONG BEACH STATE HAS SECOND HIGHEST OFFENSE: The 49ers have scored 279 goals this season, placing them second in the MPSF in goals scored. They trail UC Irvine who has netted 311 goals this season.

49ERS RANKED EIGHTH IN CWPA COACHES POLL: Long Beach State is listed in the Top 20 Coaches Poll for the week of November 9. The entire MPSF conference is ranked in the top nine positions of the poll. UCLA and USC are ranked first in the poll and Pacific is ranked 7th.

LONG BEACH STATE LOSES CLOSELY TO NO. 1 UCLA: The 49ers lost a close game against the Bruins in the final home match of the season. Aleksandar Petrovic scored a hat trick in the final home game of his career. Dan Matulis scored a team-high four goals in the loss.

LONG BEACH STATE BEATS LMU ON THE ROAD: LBSU made the trip to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and won an offensive battle 14-11. The victory pushes Long Beach State to 16-9, with one game remaining in the regular season.

PETROVIC IS TIED FOR THIRD IN GOALS IN MPSF: Aleksandar Petrovic is tied for the third leading goal scorer in the MPSF with 53 goals. He is tied with Alex Bowen (Stanford) and they trail league leaders Mitch Wise (UCI) who has scored 65 goals and Ivan Rackov (California) who has 63 goals.



49ERS DEFEAT AIR FORCE FOR THIRD TIME: Long Beach State defeated Air Force 12-7, marking the third time this season that they won against the Falcons. They previously beat Air Force in the NorCal and SoCal Tournaments.

LONG BEACH STATE DROPS TWO MPSF MATCHES: The 49ers lost two critical conference matches against UC Irvine 13-12 and USC 11-3. This drops the squad to 1-5 in conference games and outside the MPSF conference tournament.

BEHIND RASCON'S FOUR GOALS, 49ERS DEFEAT PEPPERDINE IN OT: Long Beach State defeated Pepperdine 14-12 in two overtime periods. Nick Rascon scored four goals and Dan Matulis added three goals to lead the way for the 49ers.

49ERS 15-9 RECORD IS BEST START SINCE 2007: It is the best start for the program's recent history, since the 2007 squad opened the season with a 17-9 record. The club has recorded more wins this season, then any team since the 2007 season. With a win over Pacific, they can tie the 2007 team record.

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