49ers put up fight but ultimately fall to No. 19 Santa Clara, 1-0
Nov. 12, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Although the Long Beach State women's soccer team was dominant against 19th-ranked Santa Clara, the 49ers were unable to catch a break in a 1-0 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening at Stanford's Cagan Stadium.
The 49ers held a commanding 22-to-5 advantage in shot attempts, while also winning the battle in corner kicks, 7-2.
"It was a tough loss," LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "I believe we deserved to get more out of that game tonight. We played very well. I thought we were the aggressors and dominated in every facet. Their goalkeeper had a fantastic game. Credit Santa Clara for creating the chance on goal. They showed composure in adversity and that's a sign of a good team."
In the first half, The Beach compiled 11 attempts, six of which were on frame, while holding Santa Clara to just three shots. It appeared that Long Beach State had taken the lead in the 25th minute when junior Nicole Sweetman sent a corner kick into the box where Gordon headed the ball to the back of the net. The goal did not count, however, as the 49ers were called for being offsides on the play.
LBSU continued to attack after the break, firing off the first eight shots of the second period. At the 50:21 mark, Link sent a bullet from about 20 yards out, but it went right into the hands of Santa Clara goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. Henninger had another great save on Bullock's attempt that was headed toward the upper right corner in the 73rd minute.
The Beach was playing in the offensive third for a majority of the game, but it was the Broncos who eventually dented the scoreboard in the 84th minute on just their second attempt of the half. On a counter attack, Kendra Perry slipped the ball behind the 49er back line, finding Bridgett Miller for a one-touch goal.
Henninger recorded 12 saves as she picked up her eighth shutout of the season for Santa Clara, which improved to 13-6-2 on the year.
"It is tough right now because of how I watched my team battle all year long," Ingrassia said. "We will bounce back and everyone will keep their heads up because tonight's performance is one to remember."
Long Beach State finished one of its best campaigns in program history with a 14-6-2 mark. The 49ers won their first Big West Tournament championship and tied the school record for victories in a season. This was also the second time in three years that The Beach has advanced to the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.