The 49ers battled Hawai'i to a scoreless tie in Big West action at George Allen Field on Sunday.
Oct. 20, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's soccer team (8-5-2, 2-1-2 BWC) remained unbeaten in its last six home games as it played Hawai'i to a scoreless tie in front of 935 fans at George Allen Field Sunday evening.
LBSU held a commanding 17-8 advantage in shot attempts, with five landing on goal. The 49ers also won the battle in corner kicks, 6-to-3. Freshman Mimi Rangel and sophomore Elizabeth Lyons led the attack with a match-high four shots each.
Goalkeeper Kaci McCain, who earned her fourth shutout, anchored the defensive effort with two crucial saves, including one in overtime.
The first half consisted of back-and-forth pressure as both teams had several scoring opportunities. The 49ers finished the period with six shots, while the visiting Rainbow Wahine had five. The best look came during the 28th minute when freshman Ashley Webb broke down the field with Lyons closing in from the outside. Webb passed the ball through the six-yard box right to Lyons who ringed a shot off the post, but the play was whistled offsides.
The remaining time in regulation was dominated by Long Beach State, which controlled possession throughout the second half, and outshot UH, 9-2. In the 49th minute, freshman Celeste Dominguez delivered a beautiful shot that was headed to the upper right corner, but Hawai'i goalkeeper Monk Berger made a leaping save, punching the ball over the crossbar.
At the 68:46 mark, LBSU was awarded a penalty kick after a foul was called in the box. Rangel stepped up to take the PK, but her shot went straight off the left post. More chances came and went as the 49ers picked up the pace, but with time winding down, it remained scoreless through regulation.
In the first overtime, each team had an opportunity to close out the game. McCain came up with a huge diving save on a shot by Krystal Pascua, who drilled the ball toward the lower left corner on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Immediately following the save, Lyons countered down the field and after she maneuvered around the last defender, she placed a shot to the lower left, but it was deflected out of play by Berger.
The two teams continued to battle, but came up empty, resulting in a 0-0 draw.
Hawai'i (7-7-1, 2-3-1 BWC) was paced by Storm Kenui, who had three shots.
The 49ers captured their second tie in Big West play and remained in fifth place in the standings with eight points. They are one point behind UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and UC Riverside, which are all tied for second, while Cal Poly is in sole possession of first place with 15 points.
Long Beach State hits the road on Friday, Oct. 25, to face Cal State Northridge (5-10-1, 0-4-1 BWC) in Big West action. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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