No. 24 Long Beach State Falls to No. 9/6 UCLA
Katie Pingel scores the Beach's only goal in setback
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- No. 24 Long Beach State was unable to overcome a pair of early goals by No. 9/6 UCLA as the Beach fell to the Bruins, 5-1, on Sunday night at George Allen Field.
Long Beach State (0-1-1) was led offensively by sophomore Katie Pingel who scored the Beach's only goal of the game in front of a crowd of 1,912 which marked the second-highest all-time attendance in program history.
UCLA (2-0-0) took an early lead over Long Beach State as the Bruins tallied their first goal of the game at 2:47 as Jessie Fleming hit the back of the net on a pass from Olivia Athens and Viviana Villacorta. The goal was Fleming's second of the year.
Delanie Sheehan notched her first goal of the season for UCLA at 22:19 to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
Despite trailing by two at the half, the Beach led the Bruins on corner kicks 4-1 and the two teams were tied 1-1 in saves.
Pingel got the second half going for Long Beach State as she recorded her first goal in a Beach uniform at 47:50. Her goal cut the Bruins' lead in half and got the Beach on the board.
With a one-goal game in front of a school-record 703 students in attendance, the Beach penetrated the Bruins' offense notching four shots in the second half. One of which hit the crossbar off a shot from Pingel that sent the crowd into an roar as the Beach were just inches away from tying the game.
Despite a strong Long Beach State defense, UCLA managed to break the game open in the final 22 minutes of action as the Bruins notched three goals at the 68th, 74th, and 83rd minute of play to jump out in front 5-1.
UCLA's Sheehan would tally two goals on the night, while Mackenzie Cerda and Julia Hernandez would round out the remaining goals for the Bruins.
Although UCLA managed to break through the Long Beach State defense, goalkeeper Imani McDonald collected four saves in net, while UCLA's Teagan Micah recorded two.
Pingel finished the game with a team-best four shots with one goal in 84 minutes of action. Erica Stephan, Jessica Vincent, Taylor Bistline and Kayla Cannon added the remaining shots to total eight. Vincent and Bistline combined on the assist to Pingel's goal.
The Beach finished the game with five corner kicks to the Bruins' three. Long Beach State also held the lead in saves with four to UCLA's two. UCLA, however, owned the edge in shots with 14 to LBSU's eight.
Long Beach State returns to the pitch on Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m., when it hosts No. 23/17 Northwestern at George Allen Field.
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