Sept. 24, 2013
The Long Beach State women's soccer team will host San Francisco on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the first of its final two non-conference games. The contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (PDT) start at George Allen Field.
The 49ers will put their three-game home win streak on the line as they look to build on their momentum from a 1-0 win over No. 11 BYU last Saturday.
A GLANCE AT SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco (5-2-2) returned to the Hilltop with a pair of ties last weekend, finishing in a 1-1 draw at Oregon and a 0-0 stalemate at Portland State. Lexie Krueger is the Dons' leading scorer with three goals on just six attempts, while Mackenzie Krieser has taken a team-high 39 shots (1 goal). Madalyn Schiffel has played every minute in between the pipes, registering 36 saves, five shutouts and a 0.63 goals against average.
The 49ers are tied in their all-time series with San Francisco, 1-1-1. Long Beach State claimed the most recent meeting, 1-0, on Sept. 10, 2006, in San Francisco. In the only contest held at George Allen Field, the result was a scoreless tie (Aug. 29, 2004).
49ERS SWEEP BIG WEST WEEKLY AWARDS
Freshman midfielder Mimi Rangel was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore goalkeeper Kaci McCain was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday, Sept. 23. The duo led Long Beach State to a 1-0 win over No. 11 BYU as Rangel scored the lone goal on a free kick and McCain had several key saves, including a huge stop in the 87th minute. It was the first career weekly award for both Rangel and McCain.
IN THE RANKINGS
LBSU came in at No. 32 in the NCAA RPI rankings, which were released on Sept. 23. The 49ers were also fifth in the NSCAA West Region poll, but were not ranked in the NSCAA national top-25 poll (Sept. 24). Long Beach State, which has defeated two ranked teams this year, has appeared in the NSCAA national rankings at least once in each of the last two seasons. LBSU's highest ranking of No. 11 came on Aug. 28, 2012.
Long Beach State is nearing the end of a tough non-conference schedule as it hosts San Francisco on Thursday, Sept. 26, and heads to San Diego on Monday, Sept. 30, before the start of Big West action. LBSU squared off against three ranked non-conference opponents, going an impressive 2-1 in those games. The 49ers defeated No. 11 BYU and No. 23 Texas Tech, while falling at No. 23 Santa Clara.
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 five of its six games this month after starting the season 0-2. In those five wins, the 49ers have totaled 37 points (11 goals, 15 assists).
HOME SWEET HOME
Over the last eight-plus years, Long Beach State has been dominant at home, compiling an impressive 56-17-8 record (.741) at George Allen Field. Since the women's soccer program was reinstated in 1998, LBSU has posted a 80-43-16 home record.
SECOND HALF, STRONG HALF
Long Beach State has been a second-half team so far this season, scoring 10 of its 11 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 a match at Auburn, 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 the 2-1 victory.
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, especially in big games. Rangel scored the only goal in a 1-0 win vs. No. 11 BYU. She was also the catalyst in a dramatic 3-2 win at nationally-ranked Texas Tech, notching LBSU's 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. In addition, Rangel had a career-high two assists in a 2-1 overtime win at SEC member Auburn. On the season, Rangel has three goals, three assists, nine points and 14 shots.
McCAIN MINDS THE NET
Sophomore goalkeeper Kaci McCain has been key to the 49ers' recent success as she has played every minute of the team's five wins. The Valencia, Calif., native made several crucial stops, including one with three minutes left in regulation to preserve LBSU's 1-0 victory over No. 11 BYU. She also had a season-high five saves in a narrow 1-0 loss at Georgia and in a 2-1 overtime win at Auburn. On the season, McCain has a 5-1-0 record, 20 saves, two shutouts and a 0.83 goals against average.
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 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. Maes is currently tied for the team lead with three goals and 14 shots.
Long Beach State closes out its non-conference slate on Monday, Sept. 30, when it heads to San Diego for a 7 p.m. contest.
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