49er women's soccer advances to first-ever Sweet 16 with 1-0 win over Miami
Nov. 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore Kelsey Wilson recorded her second career goal in the 81st minute to lift the 21st-ranked Long Beach State women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Miami (Fla.) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
With the win, Long Beach State will make its first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16. LBSU extended its season-long winning streak to seven games and improved to 17-5-1 overall. The 49ers also bettered their school record for victories in a season, shattering the previous best of 14, which was initally established in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
With less than 10 minutes left in regulation, Wilson received a pass from senior Nicole Hubbard and proceeded down the left side of the field, taking the game-winning shot from 40 yards out as the ball sailed over Miami goalkeeper Vikki Alonzo to the far post. It was Wilson's second goal of the season and Hubbard's fifth assist of the year.
LBSU and Miami (10-8-1) were locked in a defensive battle in the first half. The 49ers held a 5-3 advantage in shots, but the Hurricanes finished with two shots on goal, while none of Long Beach State's attempts were on frame.
The 49ers had several good looks in the first half as Hubbard's shot from the top of the box hit the far post and bounced to senior Jazz Strozier, whose rebound attempt went wide left in the opening six minutes.
In the 27th minute, senior Nicole Sweetman's shot from inside the box went wide right and in the 36th minute, she had another attempt that sailed just outside the left post.
In the second half, LBSU came out on the attack, outshooting the Hurricanes, 8-2, while registering five shots on goal.
In the 69th minute, Wilson's corner kick into the box to freshman Taylor Nelson was deflected by several Miami defenders.
Senior Shawna Gordon also nearly found the back of the net in the 76th minute when her shot from 20 yards out was stopped by the Hurricane's Alonzo, who finished with three saves.
Senior Kaitlyn Gustaves also had three saves en route to her fourth consecutive shutout and 11th of the season. She extended her streak to 387 scoreless minutes.
Long Beach State will face San Diego in the Sweet 16 on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. at Drake Stadium. The Toreros upset second-seeded UCLA in penalty kicks on Friday evening.