Sept. 18, 2013
No. 11 BYU (4-1-1) at
Long Beach State (4-3-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 21
Time: 7 p.m. (PDT)
Location: George Allen Field
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Long Beach State Game Notes
Fresh off an exciting overtime win at Auburn, the Long Beach State women's soccer team returns home to host 11th-ranked BYU on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at George Allen Field.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
BYU (4-1-1) fell five spots to No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 poll. Last weekend, the Cougars dropped a 1-0 decision to UC Irvine, marking their first loss of the season. It was also just their third defeat in their last 31 games (dating back to 2011). BYU is led by Ashley Hatch and Rachel Manning, who have three goals each. Hatch also has a team-high 25 shots, while goalkeeper Erica Owens has anchored a stingy defense with three shutouts, 18 saves and a 0.64 goals against average. The Cougars will host Oklahoma (Sept. 19) before making their way to Long Beach.
The 49ers trail in their all-time series with BYU, 2-4-0. The Cougars have claimed the last two meetings, including a 1-0 victory in the most recent outing in Provo on Aug. 30, 2012. Their game-winning goal came on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute. LBSU owns a 1-1 home record against BYU.
Long Beach State continues its tough non-conference schedule this week when it faces No. 11 BYU. The 49ers have already taken on two ranked opponents in Santa Clara and Texas Tech, both of which were No. 23 at the time. LBSU went 1-1 in those games, falling to Santa Clara (Aug. 29) before upending Texas Tech (Sept. 1).
SECOND HALF, STRONG HALF
Long Beach State has been a second-half team so far this season, scoring all 10 of its goals after the break. The trend started at No. 23 Texas Tech when the 49ers struck twice in the final three minutes for a 3-2 win. They also found the back of the net four times after intermission for a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati, and Hannah Sanders scored the game-winner at the 45:39 mark of a 1-0 triumph vs. LMU. In LBSU's most recent outing, Eileen Maes netted the equalizer in the 57th minute, while Ashley Webb had the golden goal in the first overtime period (91:03) to give Long Beach State a 2-1 victory at Auburn.
It's not just the Southern California temperatures that have been rising in September. The LBSU women's soccer team has also caught fire as it has won four of its five games this month after starting the season 0-2. In their four wins, the 49ers have totaled 35 points (10 goals, 15 assists).
Freshman Ashley Webb made her first career goal one to remember as she scored the game-winner in a 2-1 overtime victory at SEC member Auburn. In the 92nd minute, Webb capitalized on a deflection in the box and punched the ball to the back of the net for the win. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native also had an assist in a 4-1 win at Cincinnati.
MAES EYES RECORD BOOKS
In her one-plus years at Long Beach State, senior Eileen Maes (Oakland, Calif.) has scored 12 goals, putting her just four away from breaking into the 49er all-time top-10. She accounted for the game-tying goal with three minutes to go, and then had the game-winning assist with two seconds left in regulation in LBSU's 3-2 win at No. 23 Texas Tech. Maes was named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 3) following her late-game heroics. She also found the back of the net against Cincinnati and at Auburn. Maes is currently tops on the squad with three goals and 14 shots, and is tied for the team lead with seven points.
RANGEL ON THE RISE
True freshman Mimi Rangel (Chino, Calif.) may be small in stature, but her presence on the field has been huge for the 49ers. Rangel was the catalyst in a dramatic 3-2 win at nationally-ranked Texas Tech, notching the 49ers' first goal of the season, which evened the score at 1-1 against the Red Raiders, and coming back to net the game-winner with two seconds left in regulation. Rangel also had a career-high two assists in a 2-1 overtime win at SEC member Auburn. On the season, Rangel has two goals, three assists, seven points and 12 shots.
McCAIN MINDS THE NET
Sophomore Kaci McCain (4-1-0) has started the last five games in goal for Long Beach State. The Valencia, Calif., native had a season-high five saves in a narrow 1-0 loss at Georgia and in a 2-1 overtime win at Auburn. She also notched four stops to earn her first career shutout in a 1-0 victory vs. LMU. On the season, McCain has 17 saves and a 1.00 goals against average.
HOME SWEET HOME
Over the last eight years, Long Beach State has been dominant at home, compiling an impressive 55-17-8 record (.738) at George Allen Field. Since the women's soccer program was reinstated in 1998, LBSU has posted a 79-43-16 home record.
Long Beach State returns to action next Thursday (Sept. 26) when it welcomes San Francisco to George Allen Field for a 6 p.m. non-conference game.