LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Long Beach State women’s soccer team earned their first win of the 2017 campaign in a big way. The Beach recorded a 2-0 shutout victory over No. 22 Northwestern as LBSU outshot the Wildcats 20-6 on Thursday night at George Allen Field.
With the victory, the Beach (1-1-1) has now defeated or tied a ranked team in nine straight seasons. Meanwhile, Northwestern (2-1-0) suffered its first loss of the year.
Long Beach State was led on offense by Katie Pingel and Jessica Vincent. Pingel had a team-best four shots, with two on target, and one goal, while Vincent had three shots, with one on goal, and one assist.
The Beach controlled the first half as they out-shot the Wildcats 6-2, with three shots on goal to Northwestern’s two shots on target. Despite being scoreless at the half, LBSU led in shots and corner kicks (3-1) after the first 45 minutes of action.
LBSU kept up its aggressive style of play and dominated the second half as the Beach out-shot the Wildcats, 14-4, and held the lead on corner kicks, 4-1.
Kaitlin Fregulia broke the scoreless duel with her first goal of the season on a pass from Vincent in the 48th minute of action. The eventual game-winner was Fregulia’s only shot of the contest and she made it count as the ball slipped past Northwestern’s goalkeeper Lauren Clem.
The Beach took their 1-0 lead into the 82nd minute of play as Pingel hit the back of the net for the second time this season, giving Long Beach State a 2-0 cushion. Teammate Tori Bolden was key in getting the final goal of the game as she made a slick pass to Pingel to set up the score.
In addition to Pingel’s team-leading four shots, Vincent, Bolden, Chloe Froment and Allie Emmons each notched three shots, while Fregulia, Paige Conway, Taylor Bistline and Ayanna Robles contributed a shot each.
Long Beach State’s defense was on point as it limited the No. 22 team in the nation to six shots and just one shot on goal. Additionally, the Beach forced the Wildcats into 11 fouls and held them to just two corner kicks – one in each period.
In goal, Imani McDonald picked up the win as she recorded her first shutout of the year, while collecting one save.
Clem, Northwestern’s goalie, registered four saves but suffered the loss, her first of the year. Long Beach State hits the road for the first time this season on Sunday, Aug. 27 when the Beach travel to San Diego State to take on the Aztecs at 7 p.m.
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