Beach Unable To Break Through In 2-0 Loss To Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State outshot the Titans 19-8 in the loss.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State would fire a total of 19 shots at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday evening, but two early goals for the Titans would end up being the difference in a 2-0 defeat.
Long Beach State (7-3-3, 1-1-1 Big West) would ultimately have double the shots taken on the night, 19-8, but a strong night from the Titans goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch and two first-half goals undid the LBSU effort.
The Beach had the first solid chance of the night, as LBSU broke out on the counter with a 3-2 advantage, but the shot from Rocio Rodriguez was cleared at the line by the Cal State Fullerton (9-3-2, 2-1-0 Big West) defense to keep the game scoreless.
A giveaway in the Long Beach State defensive third led to the first goal of the game, as Samantha McKenna stole the ball, and ended up one-on-one with the keeper before giving the Titans the lead in the 14th minute.
Long Beach State had a pair of chances denied, as a Taylor Bistline flick-on was saved by Bertsch in the 19th miunte, and then a header by Jessica Vincent on a Tori Bolden cross ended up just high of the goal.
The Titans then opened up the game with a second goal, as McKenna lofted a long diagonal cross to Sarah Fajnor, who was able to put away the finish to give Cal State Fullerton a 2-0 lead.
LBSU closed the half with a pair of dangerous chances, as substitute Rola Badawiya came free and forced Berstch into a diving save at full stretch in the 42nd minute. Katie Pingel then got another good look in the final minute, but her shot went just wide of the post as the Titans took their two-goal advantage into halftime.
The Beach pushed the issue in the second half, outshooting the Titans 10-3 in the second, but were unable to cut into the lead. Tori Bolden forced Bertsch into another reaction save in the 67th minute, and the rebound fell to Badawiya, but the follow-up was blocked by the Fullerton defense to stymie another opportunity.
Pushing numbers forward, Pingel had another close call in the final minute by nicking the crossbar, but the shot went out for a goal kick in the final major chance for LBSU.
Big West play continues for Long Beach State next week on the road, as LBSU will take their trip up the Central Coast to play UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The first game will be against the Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13.
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