Junior Taylor Nelson scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.
Oct. 6, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's soccer team looked dominant in its 2-1 win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon at Harder Stadium.
The 49ers outshot the Gauchos, 16-4, and owned a 6-to-1 edge in corner kicks. LBSU established season bests in total attempts (16) and shots on goal (8).
Senior Jessika Oseguera and junior Taylor Nelson led the way with their first goals of the year. Oseguera also had a game-high three attempts, while sophomore Elizabeth Lyons notched her team-best fifth assist. Sophomore Kaci McCain compiled three saves in the win.
Long Beach State (7-5-0, 1-1-0 Big West) controlled the first half with a commanding lead in both shots (9-2) and corner kicks (4-0). The 49ers came out attacking from the get-go and had four attempts before UCSB was able to take its first shot.
LBSU then converted on its sixth attempt of the afternoon. The play started with freshman Mimi Akaogi sending a cross into the box where it was tapped away by a Gaucho defender. The ball bounced out to Lyons on the right side, whose shot was saved by UCSB goalkeeper Beth Ritter, but Oseguera was there to get the rebound and punch the ball to the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage at the 30:57 mark.
Just over six minutes later, Nelson connected for the eventual game-winner as she slipped through several defenders, and from about 25 yards out, sent a beautiful left-footed shot to the upper right netting.
UC Santa Barbara (7-5-1, 1-1-0 Big West) got on the board at the 54:13 mark, but that was all it could muster as the 49ers locked down on defense and controlled the tempo the rest of the way. The Gauchos finished with just four shots and Angelisa Cortez scored their lone goal.
Long Beach State returns to George Allen Field for its Big West home opener on Thursday, Oct. 10, when it entertains UC Davis at 7 p.m.
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