Oct. 12, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Behind a solid effort from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marrina Meyers and the timely scoring of junior Eileen Maes, the Long Beach State women's soccer team picked up a much needed road win, defeating UC Davis, 1-0, Friday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Stadium.
The 49ers improved to 10-5-0 overall and are now 3-2-0 in the Big West. This marks the seventh time in the last eight years that LBSU has reached the 10-win plateau. Long Beach State also moved into a tie for second with UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in the conference standings. The Anteaters will play at Pacific tonight at 7 p.m., while the Titans are off until Sunday.
Meyers came up big for the 49ers with five saves, one of which was on a penalty kick in the second half, to earn her fourth shutout of the year. On the offensive end, LBSU compiled 13 shots and was led by Maes' four attempts. Maes netted the game-winning goal in the 78th minute. Senior Nadia Link and freshman Elizabeth Lyons also chipped in three shots each.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, with Long Beach State outshooting the Aggies, 7-4.
The 49ers nearly dented the scoreboard early in the second period when freshman Hannah Sanders sent a cross to Maes who fired at point blank, but UC Davis goalie Taylor Jern was able to slide in and make the save.
The Aggies then started to put pressure up top, but Meyers stood her ground against the attack. She stopped the home team's first two attempts of the half, before her toughest challenge came in the 65th minute when Long Beach State was called for a handball inside the box. Stephanie Bell stepped up to take the penalty kick for UC Davis but she was denied by Meyers and the 49ers were able to clear the ball out. It was the second time in four tries this season that Meyers has won the battle on a penalty kick.
That shifted the momentum back to LBSU as it held a 4-2 advantage in shots over the next 12 minutes. The 49ers then broke through at the 77:02 mark when senior Jenny Soza advanced the ball up the field before finding Maes in the box, who connected for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The Aggies had a couple more looks, but Meyers made another save in the 88th minute, while Julia Shockley's long attempt with just under 30 seconds remaining hit the crossbar.
UC Davis (7-6-1, 2-2-0 BWC) totaled 14 shots and was paced by Hannah Hicks' four attempts.
Long Beach State returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 14, when it heads to Pacific for a Big West showdown beginning at noon.
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