Sept. 30, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's soccer team dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to the University of San Diego Monday evening at Torero Stadium.
LBSU, which saw its three-game win streak come to an end, finishes its non-conference slate with a 6-4-0 record. Two of the 49ers' victories came against ranked opponents as they defeated both No. 11 BYU and No. 23 Texas Tech.
Long Beach State totaled 11 shots, including seven on goal. Sophomore Elizabeth Lyons led the way with three attempts, all of which were on frame. Freshmen Hannah Reed and Mimi Rangel added two shots each.
Sophomore Kaci McCain (6-2-0) compiled four saves in just her second loss of the year. The Toreros' goal at the 78:37 mark was also the first one allowed by McCain in 302 minutes.
Going along with a common theme this year, LBSU battled its opponent to a scoreless tie in the first half. The 49ers have entered the break locked in a 0-0 draw seven times this season and have gone 5-2 in those contests.
Long Beach State got off to a quick start with two corner kicks and a shot from Lyons in the first five minutes. USD then countered with five attempts over a 14-minute span, but the 49er defense held strong, led by McCain's three saves. McCain made a huge play at the 26:37 mark when she dove to her right to knock away a point-blank shot by the Toreros' Jenna Owens.
In the second period, LBSU had several good looks including a one-touch shot from Reed off a free kick from Rangel (53:11), and an attempt by junior Natalie Zeenni from about eight yards out (66:24), but both were stopped by USD goalkeeper Michelle Craft, who finished the evening with seven saves.
San Diego (7-4-0) eventually broke through in the 79th minute when Lauren Dotson's shot from the right side of the box bounced off the far post and into the goal. The home team had 13 attempts (five shots on goal).
Long Beach State begins conference play this weekend as it heads to the Central Coast for a pair of Big West games. The 49ers are set to take on Cal Poly at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, before making their way to UC Santa Barbara for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 6.
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