No. 11 49ers storms back to defeat Michigan, 2-1
Sept. 2, 2012
LONG BEACH - Senior Kelsey Wilson recorded the game-winning goal on Sunday evening to help Long Beach State defeat Michigan, 2-1, in a non-conference game at George Allen Field.
With the win, the 49ers (4-1) extended their home winning streak to 11 games and have won 14 of their last 15 matches at George Allen Field. The victory also earned 49er head coach Mauricio Ingrassia his 100th career win.
In the 89th minute, Wilson recorded her first goal of the season with a free kick from 22 yards out. The ball sailed over a wall of Michigan players and curled from left to right passing Wolverine keeper Haley Kopmeyer near the right post and into the back of the net.
Senior Nadia Link tied the game at 1-1 in the 87th minute, recording her first goal of the season with a penalty kick as the Wolverines (4-2) were called for a handball inside the box.
In the first half, the 49ers came out attacking taking the first two shots of the game within an eight-minute span. LBSU would outshoot Michigan 11-9, two on goal.
The Wolverines would strike first before going into the halftime break as Shelby Chambers-Garcia's shot from 10 yards out passed 49er keeper Marrina Meyers.
LBSU continued with its strong offensive play in the second half, out shooting Michigan 8-1, four on goal to finish with a total of 19 shots for the game. The Wolverines finished with 10 shots, six on goal.
Meyers earned her fourth win of the season, recording five saves for the game, while Michigan had four saves.
The 49ers had two corner kicks in the first half and collected three more in the second half of the game. The Wolverines did not record a single corner for the match.
"We had opportunities to score earlier in the game and we didn't take them," Ingrassia said. "We could have been up by two or three goals, but we missed some easy chances. And now we have to fight our way out of a hole and I thought it was huge for Nadia to step up in that moment to put that ball under her arm and put it down and not even flinch at all. For her to step up and burry it like she did, sent a strong signal of her leadership ability. And Kelsey has been burying those in training and it was just a matter of communicating on where to put the ball and when."
LBSU travels to College Station, Texas for two matches as the 49ers takes on Texas A&M on Friday evening at 4 p.m. (PST) and North Texas on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (PST).