The 49ers head to Cal State Northridge for their final regular season road game on Friday.
(Photo by John Fajardo)
Oct. 22, 2013
Long Beach State (8-5-2, 2-1-2 Big West) at
Cal State Northridge (5-10-1, 0-4-1 Big West)
Date: Friday, Oct. 25
Time: 7 p.m. (PDT)
Location: Matador Soccer Field
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The Long Beach State women's soccer team, which is coming off its second Big West draw, travels to Cal State Northridge for its final regular season road contest on Friday, Oct. 25. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field.
BIG WEST SNAPSHOT
With three regular season games remaining, Long Beach State is fifth in the Big West standings with eight points. The 49ers are just one point behind UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and UC Riverside, which are all tied for second. Cal Poly (5-1-0 BWC) claimed sole possession of first place with two wins last weekend. The top four teams qualify for the Big West Tournament which will be held in Fullerton.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS
Defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Northridge (5-10-1, 0-4-1 BWC) has had a rough time in conference play this year as it remained winless after dropping a 1-0 double-overtime decision at UC Davis. The Matadors have been blanked in each of their last three outings. Brittanie Sakajian (3 goals) and Hannah Wissler (2 goals, 2 assists) lead the team with six points each. They are also tops on the squad in shots, combining for 60 attempts on the season.
Since 1998, Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 9-7-1. In the most recent meeting, the Matadors scored the golden goal in the 104th minute to pull out a 1-0 double-overtime victory at George Allen Field (Oct. 28, 2012).
ALL TIED UP
After not being involved in a tie game since 2011, Long Beach State has played to two draws in its last three outings. The 49ers battled UC Davis to a 1-1 tie on Oct. 10, and then followed with a contest against Hawai'i that ended in a scoreless deadlock. Prior to this season, the last time LBSU went the full 110 minutes was a 1-1 draw at San Diego State on Sept. 11, 2011.
SECOND HALF, STRONG HALF
Long Beach State has been a second-half team this season, scoring over 70 percent (12-of-17) of its goals in the second period. The 49ers have gone into intermission locked in a scoreless tie in 10 of their 15 games.
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. Most recently, she notched her second multiple-goal game, scoring twice to lead LBSU to a crucial 2-1 Big West victory at UC Irvine. Her first two-goal performance came in an upset win at nationally-ranked Texas Tech where she connected for the game-winner with two seconds left in regulation. Rangel also scored the only goal in a 1-0 win vs. No. 11 BYU, which earned her Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors. 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 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists).
Sophomore Elizabeth Lyons has two multiple-assist games on the year. The Los Angeles native had a career-high three helpers to go along with the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win over Cincinnati. That performance earned Lyons recognition from College Sports Madness, which tabbed her the Madness Women's Soccer Big West Player of the Week. She also set up Mimi Rangel twice in a 2-1 win at UC Irvine. Lyons is tops on the team with seven assists and ranks second with 11 points.
McCAIN MINDS THE NET
Sophomore goalkeeper Kaci McCain has been key to the 49ers' recent success as she has been in goal in all eight of the team's 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. She also notched a season-high seven saves in a key conference win at UC Irvine. On the year, McCain has an 8-3-2 record, 45 saves, four shutouts and a 0.82 goals against average.
Long Beach State closes out the regular season with a pair of home games next week. The 49ers will host defending Big West regular season champion Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m., before entertaining UC Riverside in a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday (Nov. 3).
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