Sept. 27, 2013
The Long Beach State women's soccer team will travel to San Diego for its final non-conference game on Monday, Sept. 30. The 49ers are looking to extend their three-game winning streak when they face USD at 7 p.m. at Torero Stadium.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS
San Diego (6-4-0) was last in action on Sept. 22, when it defeated Cal State Northridge, 2-0. The Toreros are led by freshman Michaela Dooley, who has a team-high six goals and 13 points. Senior Emily Dillon also has five goals, 12 points and a team-best 27 shot attempts on the year. USD has been tough to beat at home with a 3-1-0 record at Torero Stadium.
San Diego is a familiar opponent for Long Beach State as Monday's game will mark the two teams' fourth meeting in three years. The 49ers trail in the all-time series, 3-9-1, but have won the last three contests, all by way of a 1-0 score. In the most recent outing, Elizabeth Lyons connected for the game-winning goal in the 71st minute to lift LBSU to a home victory on Sept. 21, 2012. Long Beach State has posted four-straight shutouts in the series and has not lost to the Toreros since 2008.
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 heads to San Diego on Monday, Sept. 30, for its final tune-up before Big West play begins on Oct. 4. 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.
SECOND HALF, STRONG HALF
Long Beach State has been a second-half team so far this season, scoring 10 of its 12 goals in the second period. 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 against Cincinnati, Hannah Sanders scored the game-winner at the 45:39 mark of a 1-0 triumph vs. LMU, and Eileen Maes netted the equalizer in the 57th minute of a 2-1 overtime victory at Auburn. In the most recent outing, Celeste Dominguez gave the 49ers a 1-0 win over San Francisco with the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute.
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 six of its seven games this month after starting the season 0-2. In those six wins, the 49ers have totaled 41 points (12 goals, 17 assists).
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 triumph 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 victory at SEC member Auburn. On the season, Rangel has three goals, three assists, nine points and 14 shots.
MORE FROM THE FRESHMEN
In addition to Mimi Rangel, a couple of other freshmen have come through in the clutch. Last week, Celeste Dominguez (Long Beach, Calif.) delivered the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of a 1-0 triumph over San Francisco. Ashley Webb (Yorba Linda, Calif.) also made her first career goal one to remember as she netted the game-winner at the 91:03 mark in a 2-1 overtime victory at SEC member Auburn. Freshmen defenders Hannah Reed (1 goal) and Mimi Akaogi (2 assists) have also been in the mix, starting every game on the 49er back line.
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 six 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 at Georgia and at Auburn. On the season, McCain has a 6-1-0 record, 22 saves, three shutouts and a 0.71 goals against average.
Long Beach State begins Big West play on the road next week as it heads to the Central Coast for games at Cal Poly (Oct. 4) and UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 6).
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