Oct. 26, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's soccer team remained in the hunt for one of four spots in the Big West Tournament as it routed Hawaii, 5-0, Friday night at George Allen Field.
The 49ers improved to 12-6-0 overall and are 5-3-0 in Big West play. LBSU remains in fifth place in the conference standings with 15 points, but is just two points behind Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, who are all tied for second. Long Beach State can secure a Big West Tournament berth with a win over Cal State Northridge on Sunday.
LBSU scored early and often with three goals in the first half. Senior Nadia Link started it off with her eighth goal of the season and 32nd of her career. She moved into a tie for second among the program's all-time scoring leaders, and needs just two more to eclipse the 26-year old school record held by Janet Fettig (33). Link also finished with an assist.
Redshirt freshman Marrina Meyers had one save in her sixth shutout of the season.
Long Beach State dominated the game from start to finish, owning a 16-to-7 advantage in shots and a 4-to-2 edge in corner kicks.
Link struck first, giving the 49ers the only goal they needed at the 7:38 mark. Lyons drove down the right side of the field and found Link in the middle of the box where she connected from eight yards out.
Maes then put Long Beach State up, 2-0, in the 17th minute. Lyons sent a corner kick into the box and Renee Mendiola was able to get a head on the ball first, but it was deflected by a UH defender before Maes knocked in the rebound.
LBSU's third goal came in similar fashion, but this time it was Benavidez who put away a deflection off a corner kick from Kelsey Wilson at the 40:02 mark. It was Benavidez's second goal of the year.
The 49ers carried their momentum into the second half as they scored two more times and outshot the Rainbow Wahine, 8-4. In the 59th minute, Kassidy Hause sent a through pass to Link on the right side of the box, who then delivered a one-touch cross that sailed to the far post where Oseguera headed it to the lower left corner.
Lyons accounted for the final goal as she scored on a breakaway at the 65:55 mark.
Hawaii (8-9-2, 3-5-0 BWC) was led by Alex Gerrain, who had two attempts, including the team's only shot on frame.
Long Beach State returns to George Allen Field on Sunday, Oct. 28, when it hosts Cal State Northridge in the regular season finale at 2 p.m. The 49ers will honor their seven seniors in a pre-game ceremony.
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