Sept. 13, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Long Beach State women's soccer team saw its three-game win streak come to an end on Friday evening, falling to SEC member Georgia, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 1,456 at Turner Soccer Complex.
The 49er defense looked strong and caused problems for the Bulldogs in their final third by breaking up numerous plays in the back field. Junior Taylor Nelson led the defensive effort. She had a huge stop in the 66th minute as UGA's Bria Washington got her head on a cross, directing the ball to the near post, but Nelson was in the right spot, clearing it out from the goal line. Nearly 15 minutes later, Nelson blocked a Georgia shot from point-blank range.
The Bulldogs were eventually able to break through in the 80th minute. Cara Smith received a throw-in on the left side of the field and made a nice move before dumping the ball off to Marion Crowder. On one touch, Crowder delivered a low shot out of the reach of a diving McCain and inside the far post.
Long Beach State nearly tied it up in the final minute. Freshman Mimi Rangel served a corner kick into the box where it was knocked around in a crowd of players. The ball finally ended up in front of Nelson, whose shot from 18 yards sailed just high (89:16).
The first half was another tough defensive battle for the 49ers, who went into the break locked in a scoreless tie for the fourth time in six games. LBSU had three shots, including both of Lyons' attempts. Her shot in the 20th minute was saved by the Bulldogs' goalkeeper.
Georgia (6-1-0) extended its win streak to six games. UGA, which entered the match ranked 18th in the nation in goals against average, also picked up its sixth-straight shutout.
Long Beach State will now head to Auburn, also a member of the SEC, for a noon (PDT) tilt with the Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 15.
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