LOS ANGELES – The Long Beach State soccer team outshot Loyola Marymount, but ended up falling by a score of 2-0 at LMU on Sunday afternoon.
The Beach (4-3-1) offense was led by Katie Pingel who had five shots in the game and recorded two shots on goal. However, LBSU was unable to hit the back of the net, while the Lions (4-1-2) squeaked two goals past Imani McDonald in the second half to earn the win.
Long Beach State controlled the first half as the Beach tallied eight shots, while limiting the Lions to just two. The Beach also posted four corner kicks in the opening frame, while LMU notched two. The Beach offense struck often in the first 45 minutes of action, however, Lee Erickson recorded three saves to keep LBSU off the board.
LBSU’s first four shots came from Pingel. Her first shot at the 10-minute mark went wide right, while her second, a minute and a half later, was saved by Erickson. Her third and fourth shots were blocked by the Lions’ defense.
Kaylee Ramirez and Pingel went back-to-back for another pair of shots on goal, but both were saved by the LMU keeper as the game remained scoreless.
The Beach’s best chance at breaking the 0-0 tie came in the 34th minute of play when Kayla Cannon’s shot deflected off the crossbar. Following that play, Rola Badawiya’s shot attempt was blocked keeping LBSU from hitting the back of the net.
Loyola Marymount’s two shots in the first half did not come until the 43rd minute of action as the Beach defense was on point as they put the pressure on the LMU offense forcing the Lions’ only two shots to go high and wide, respectively. At halftime, the two teams were knotted in a 0-0 deadlock.
The Lions managed to get on the board in the second period after a corner kick materialized into a header by Sarah Sanger in the 61st minute of play.
Long Beach State fell behind by two after Phoebe Riley beat McDonald to the far post on a breakaway to connect on a goal at 76:20.
The Beach mustered one shot in the second half as Kaylee Ramirez’s attempt in the 75th minute was blocked by the LMU defense.
McDonald finished the game with two saves, while Erickson collected three.
Long Beach State continues its road swing at UConn on Thursday, Sept. 14 and at St. John’s on Sunday, Sept. 17.
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