The 49ers begin Big West play this weekend with contests at Cal Poly (Oct. 4) and UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 6).
Oct. 2, 2013
Long Beach State (6-4-0, 0-0-0 Big West) at
UC Santa Barbara (6-4-1, 0-0-0 Big West)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 6
Time: 1 p.m. (PDT)
Location: Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
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The Long Beach State women's soccer team, which was receiving votes in the latest NSCAA poll, starts Big West action this weekend as it heads to the Central Coast for a pair of conference games. The 49ers will face Cal Poly on Friday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m., before making their way to UC Santa Barbara for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 6.
A GLANCE AT CAL POLY
Cal Poly (4-6-0, 0-0-0 Big West) is currently on a six-game losing streak. The Mustangs got off to a hot start, winning their first four games and outscoring their opponents, 15-2, but over their last six outings, they have been outscored, 21-1. Cal Poly has faced three ranked opponents - No. 10 Baylor, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 20 Santa Clara - during that stretch. Elise Krieghoff leads the Mustangs and the conference with 11 goals, 23 points and 65 shots.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with Cal Poly, 5-9-3. The Mustangs pulled out a 4-3 double-overtime win at George Allen Field in the most recent meeting on Oct. 7, 2012. LBSU is 3-4-1 when playing in San Luis Obispo.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS
UC Santa Barbara (6-4-1, 0-0-0 Big West) fell to No. 19 Denver, 2-1, in its last outing on Sept. 29. The Gauchos will face UC Irvine (Oct. 4) before hosting the 49ers on Sunday. Madison Beckley has paced the UCSB offense with four goals, while Allie Ariniello has chipped in three. Beth Ritter has been the team's defensive anchor, registering an .833 save percentage, 0.51 goals against average and five shutouts.
LBSU leads in its all-time series with UC Santa Barbara, 11-10-1. The 49ers have won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 decision at George Allen Field on Oct. 5, 2012.
IN THE RANKINGS
LBSU came in at No. 36 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released on Sept. 30. The 49ers were also tied for fifth in the NSCAA West Region poll and were receiving votes in the NSCAA national top-25 poll (Oct. 1). Long Beach State 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 closed out a tough non-conference schedule, which featured four 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, with a 6-4-0 record. LBSU went 2-1 against ranked foes, defeating No. 11 BYU and No. 23 Texas Tech, while falling at No. 23 Santa Clara.
Long Beach State is 9-5-1 all-time in Big West openers. The 49ers, who have not dropped a Big West opener since 2009, have faced Cal Poly in their first conference game of the season once before. The result of that match-up was a 1-1 double-overtime tie at George Allen Field in 2010.
It wasn't just the Southern California temperatures that rose in September. The LBSU women's soccer team also caught fire, winning six of eight games after starting the season 0-2. In those six wins, the 49ers totaled 41 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, especially in big games. Rangel scored the only goal in a 1-0 win vs. No. 11 BYU, which earned her Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors (Sept. 23). Rangel 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. She is tops on the squad with nine points (3 goals, 3 assists).
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. That performance earned her Big West Defensive Player of the Week accolades (Sept. 23). She also had a season-high five saves at Georgia and at Auburn. On the season, McCain has a 6-2-0 record, 26 saves, three shutouts and a 0.75 goals against average.
Long Beach State returns to George Allen Field next Thursday, Oct. 10, for its Big West home opener against UC Davis at 7 p.m.
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