Long Beach State Concludes 2017 Season with 2-0 Victory Over UC Davis on Senior Day
Pingel, Rodriguez score for the Beach in second half
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A pair of goals from Katie Pingel and Rocio Rodriguez in the second half lifted Long Beach State past UC Davis on the final game of the year as the Beach earned a 2-0 win at George Allen Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Beach (9-6-3, 3-3-2) finish the season on a three-match unbeaten streak and head coach Mauricio Ingrassia has now strung together eight-straight winning seasons while at the helm of Long Beach State.
UC Davis, meanwhile, wraps up its season with a 4-12-2 overall record and a 3-3-2 Big West mark.
The physical contest which saw the Beach collect 14 fouls, while the Aggies were called for 11, was scoreless in the first 45 minutes of action. At halftime, both teams had taken three shots, while their goalkeepers had earned two saves each. Long Beach State held the lead in corner kicks with three to UC Davis' 0.
The game remained a scoreless affair until the 63rd minute of action when sophomore Katie Pingel maneuvered her way around not one, but two UC Davis defenders to create her own shot that sailed into the back of the net for the first goal of the game. The goal marked the third of the year for Pingel who also logged two shots in the game.
Pingel's score looked to be the lone goal of the game until the 87th minute when senior Kayla Lombardo came in from the right side and crossed the ball to junior Rocio Rodriguez who was waiting on the left side. Rodriguez got a good look and sent the ball passed UC Davis goalie Alexis Smith to give Long Beach State a 2-0 advantage.
Junior Imani McDonald did her job in goal as she tallied two saves in the contest and recorded her fifth shutout of the year.
The Beach finished the game with 12 shots and six shots on goal, while the Aggies recorded five shots witch just two on target.
Prior to the game, Long Beach State honored its five seniors in Tori Bolden, Paige Conway, Allie Emmons, Lombardo, and Jessica Vincent. Bolden ended the game with a team-best three shots, while Vincent tallied two and Emmons recorded one.
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