Beach Soccer On The Road For Two League Contests
Long Beach State will play Cal Poly and UCSB this week.
BEACH SOCCER ON THE ROAD FOR TWO LEAGUE CONTESTS
Long Beach State passes the halfway point in Big West Conference action this week, playing two games on the road back-to-back against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. The Beach will start on Friday at Cal Poly, and then close out the week on Sunday at UC Santa Barbara while hoping to pick up some crucial points to move back into the top four.
LAST TIME OUT Long Beach State fired at the goal early and often, putting together 19 shots at home against Cal State Fullerton, but it was the Titans that found the net in a 2-0 loss for the Beach.
LBSU was led by Katie Pingel in that game with five shots, including two on target, but an early giveaway in the first 15 minutes to Samantha McKenna gave the Titans a lead they would never relinquish. The Beach still retains the top RPI in the conference however, starting the week at No. 61.
Long Beach State has been led by their defense on the year. Overall, LBSU has recorded seven shutouts in the team’s 13 games on the year, with Mia Hummel and Imani McDonald each recording three on their own and sharing the effort in one.
Prior to Sunday’s game, Hummel had recorded three straight shutouts over 290 consecutive minutes in goal, and on the year has only allowed four goals, with a goals against average of 0.70 on the season, posting a 3-1-1 record while in the net for Long Beach State.
Senior forward Tori Bolden has been a key component to Long Beach State’s success. In the Beach’s first win of the year against then-No. 22 Northwestern, Bolden collected her first assist of the season, and followed that up with the gamewinning goal at San Diego State. Adding two more assists, Bolden then scored twice against Hawai’i, and now leads the Beach with nine points on the year.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly has gotten off to a very poor start in Big West play, taking four losses in the team’s first four games. All four losses have come by one goal, including a double-overtime loss against UC Irvine in the first conference game for both teams.
Megan Abutin is the primary target for the Mustang offense. The senior forward has scored five goals on the year, and leads Cal Poly with 18 shots on goal.
SERIES RECORD VS. CAL POLY
Cal Poly leads the all-time series between the teams, 11-7-4. The Mustangs won five of the first seven games between the teams with one draw.
The Beach has taken the last two games against the Mustangs however, winning 2-0 in 2015 in the team’s last trip to San Luis Obispo, as well as snagging a 2-1 win last season in Long Beach.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS
Picked to finish third in the Big West in the preseason, the Gauchos have had a very surprising start to Big West play, only picking up one point in the first three games played in a tie on the road against CSUN.
Amanda Ball continues to be the star for UCSB, who leads the conference in goals scored in 2017 with 8 overall in 14 games played, taking 42 shots in total on the year.
SERIES RECORD VS. UC SANTA BARBARA
Long Beach State leads the all-time series between the teams 15-10-1, and the Beach has won seven straight against the Gauchos.
In the modern era of LBSU soccer, the Beach leads the series 15-4-1, as the Gauchos won all six games between the teams in the 1980s.
SPREAD IT AROUND
Long Beach State has scored 16 goals in 13 games in 2017, and the team effort is showing as nine different players have scored for the Beach this season, with nine players combining for assists on those goals. In total, 14 different players have combined to play a part in Long Beach State’s 16 goals on the year.
KATE THE GREAT
Sophomore transfer Katie Pingel has made the most of her first year at Long Beach State. She leads the Beach in shots taken with 40 as well as shots on target with 18, and has added a pair of goals and assists on the year. She matched her career high with five shots taken in the team’s last game against Cal State Fullerton, and has proven to be a danger up front.
The conference slate continues as Long Beach State returns to George Allen Field on Sunday, October 22 to host UC Riverside at 6 p.m.
The game will be Harry Potter night at George Allen Field, so either bring your scarves, or pick up your special ordered LBSU/Harry Potter themed scarf at the game in a night filled with magical activities.
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