Sept. 21, 2012
LONG BEACH - The 22nd-ranked Long Beach State women's soccer team pulled out the late heroics once again as freshman Elizabeth Lyons scored the game-winner in the 71st minute of a 1-0 victory over San Diego Friday evening at George Allen Field.
The 49ers, who improved to 7-3-0, have now won 12-straight home games dating back to last year. They have also notched the game-winning goal in the second half or overtime in six contests this season.
Long Beach State and San Diego played to a scoreless tie in the first half. The 49ers held a 5-4 advantage in shots, with three of the Toreros' attempts coming in the final five minutes. The 49ers' best opportunity was in the 40th minute when Link broke away from her defender on the right side and sent a cross to the middle of the box where Nelson's shot went just wide.
It went back-and-forth in the second period until Lyons struck at the 70:48 mark. Sanders delivered a lead pass to Lyons on the right side, who then made a quick cut move to shake her defender before sending the ball to the upper left netting.
San Diego (3-7-0) finished with 12 shot attempts. Mariah Butera paced the Toreros with three shots, while goalkeeper McKenna Tollack totaled three saves.
LBSU has now defeated USD, 1-0, in each of the last three meetings between the two teams. In 2011, the 49ers topped the Toreros in San Diego, and at UCLA in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Long Beach State returns to action next weekend when it begins Big West Conference play on the road. The 49ers will head to UC Riverside on Friday, Sept. 28, before making their way to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday (Sept. 30).
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