Nov. 26, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State begins its postseason run this Friday, entering the MPSF Tournament as the No. 7 seed following the conclusion of the regular season. The 49ers will start play Friday against No. 2 seed Stanford at 11:30 a.m. in Stockton, Calif.
The 49ers enter the tournament averaging over 10 goals per game, and will need to get over the hump after playing teams tough as of late, falling by two goals each in games against No. 2 USC and No. 1 Pacific to close out the year.
Sophomore Zacchary Kappos leads the 49ers with 60 goals scored, and needs just two more to enter into the Top 10 in school history in goals scored in one year. Additionally, the 49ers have three other players with at least 40 goals scored on the year, as Nolan McConnell and Devin Mefford are tied for second on the team with 41, while Carter Taylor has added 40 goals in 28 games.
Long Beach State has met Stanford one previous time this season, falling 11-8 at home on November 10. Kappos led the 49ers with four goals, while Pavo Ljepopio made 17 saves in the loss; his second-highest total of the season in his first year with Long Beach State.
Stanford, ranked third to begin the week, was part of a three-way tie atop the MPSF standings with a 8-1 record, and went 19-4 overall on the year. The Cardinal are led by senior Bret Bonani, who has scored 78 goals on the year.
Regardless of the result Friday, the 49ers will play three matches at Pacific. With a win, the 49ers would advance to the semifinals, while a loss would drop Long Beach State into the consolation bracket.
Each game of the MPSF Tournament can be viewed live via live streaming; the broadcast links can be found at longbeachstate.com on the schedule page, or a direct link to the games can be found below.
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