Beach Soccer Ends Road Trip with 1-0 Win at St. John's
LBSU outshot the Red Storm 13-4 in an impressive 1-0 win on the road.
QUEENS, N.Y. - Long Beach State (6-3-1) finished off an unbeaten trip to the East Coast with a 1-0 win at St. John’s (4-4-1) on Sunday afternoon. Junior Rocio Rodriguez came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 34th minute, putting home cross from freshman Kayla Cannon.
The Beach out-shot the Red Storm 13-4 in the match, led by five shots from sophomore Katie Pingel, who put three of her attempts on target. Sophomores Chloe Froment and Kaitlin Fregulia each added two shots in the win.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mia Hummel recorded her first shutout for the Beach, making her second start in goal. She was only asked to make one save on the afternoon to keep her clean sheet.
The Beach saw much more of the ball in the first half, winning the possession battle while generating a number of quality chances. LBSU took the first nine shots of the match, while the Red Storm got just one look at goal in the first 45 minutes. Pingel nearly opened the scoring in the 20th minute as a cross into the box was headed down to her feet, but St. John’s keeper Antonia Tammaro made a quick dive to her left to smother Pingel’s shot.
LBSU continued to threaten the St. John’s goal, even hitting the crossbar in the 22nd minute. Rodriguez was brought into the match as a substitute in the 27th minute, and she was on the scoresheet less than seven minutes later. Rodriguez had a defender on her hip as she moved through the St. John’s penalty area, and used a terrific one-time finish to steer Cannon’s cross into the top left corner of the goal. It was Rodriguez’s second goal of the season on Cannon’s second assist.
Things slowed down a bit in the second half as Long Beach State was able to see the game out. LBSU had just four shots after the break while committing 10 fouls. The best chance for the Beach came in the 59th minute as Pingel was able to create some space in the box and get a shot away. She looked to sneak the ball across the approaching Tammaro, but the St. John’s keeper stuck out her left leg to stop the low shot and pin it to the turf.
St. John’s nearly stole a late equalizer with a corner kick in the closing seconds. The Red Storm headed the ball into the six-yard box, where it bounced around for a few moments. Eventually, Hummel and her back line were able to get the ball clear from danger long enough for time to expire.
Long Beach State will now get two weeks off before the start of Big West play. The Beach will host Hawai’i in its next match on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. to begin conference action.
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