Oct. 25, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 setback to Cal State Northridge Friday evening at Matador Soccer Field.
LBSU, which saw its season-long four-game unbeaten streak come to an end, dropped to 8-6-2 overall and 2-2-2 in Big West play.
The 49ers totaled 14 shots and five corner kicks. They were paced by sophomores Elizabeth Lyons and Hannah Sanders, who both had a game-high tying three attempts. Freshman Mimi Rangel chipped in two shots, while sophomore goalkeeper Kaci McCain compiled four saves in the loss.
Cal State Northridge (6-10-1, 1-4-1 Big West) scored the eventual game-winner in the first half with a header goal by Breanna McCallum at the 30:28 mark. The Matadors finished the period with a slight 6-to-4 edge in shots, but Long Beach State won the battle in corner kicks, 3-1. Rangel had two of the 49ers' attempts, including one on a free kick that went just wide in the 20th minute. Lyons added a shot on goal as her attempt was saved by CSUN goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya.
LBSU came out of the break attacking as it out shot the Matadors, 7-1, over a 13-minute span early in the second half. The 49ers ended up owning a 10-8 advantage in attempts for the period, but Cal State Northridge was able to hold on for the 1-0 victory.
CSUN also had 14 shot attempts on the night, including five on frame.
Long Beach State remained in fifth place in the Big West standings with eight points and is still just one point behind UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara, which are tied for third. Cal Poly is in sole possession of first place with 18 points, while UC Irvine (12 points) moved into second with a win over Hawai'i on Thursday.
The 49ers enter the final stretch of the regular season next week as they return to George Allen Field to host Cal State Fullerton in Big West action at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
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