Sept. 30, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Freshman Hannah Sanders gave the 21st-ranked Long Beach State women's soccer team an early lead but Cal State Fullerton answered with a pair of second-half goals to upset the 49ers, 2-1, in Big West Conference action Sunday evening at Titan Stadium.
LBSU (8-4-0, 1-1-0 BWC) finished with 10 shots and was led by senior Nadia Link who had four attempts, three of which were on frame. Sanders also had two shots and registered her first career goal in the 22nd minute. Sophomore Taylor Nelson added her third assist of the season and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marrina Meyers compiled four saves.
Long Beach State struck first as Sanders found the back of the net midway through the first half. At the 21:02 mark, she received a pass from Nelson before dribbling around her defender and sending the ball to the upper right corner.
The 49ers continued to control the action early in the second period with three corner kicks and two shots in the first four minutes, but the Titans were able to even the score at the 56:00 mark when Stacey Fox converted a penalty kick after LBSU was called for a handball inside the box.
Link had a couple of good looks in the 78th and 83rd minute, but CSF goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic made a pair of leaping saves to keep it knotted at 1-1.
Cal State Fullerton (4-7-0, 1-1-0 BWC) then scored the game-winner with 2:23 remaining in regulation. The Titans forced a turnover in the 49ers' defensive third, which set up a one-on-one situation for Christine Burkenroad, who was able to beat Meyers, giving the home team the 2-1 victory.
CSF totaled 13 shots and was paced by Chelsea Patterson's four attempts. Maricic finished with three saves.
Long Beach State returns to George Allen Field on Friday, Oct. 5, for its Big West home opener against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. The 49ers will also host Cal Poly at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 7).
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