Long Beach State Wraps Up Regular Season With Two Crucial Big West Home Games
49ers host Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside with Big West Tournament berth on the line
Oct. 29, 2013
UC Riverside (6-11-1, 3-4-0 Big West) at
Long Beach State (8-6-2, 2-2-2 Big West)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 2 p.m. (PST)
Location: George Allen Field
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The Long Beach State women's soccer team wraps up the regular season with a pair of crucial Big West home games this week. The 49ers, who are fighting for one of the final two spots in the conference tournament, will host Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. contest on Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31). LBSU then returns to George Allen Field on Sunday, Nov. 3, to square off against UC Riverside at 2 p.m. on Senior Day.
BIG WEST RACE
There are six teams still fighting for the remaining two spots in the Big West Tournament as Cal Poly (18 points) and UC Irvine (15 points) have already clinched the top two seeds. There are many different scenarios that can play out over the final week of the regular season, but the 49ers can determine their own fate with two wins. If they defeat both Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, they will guarantee themselves the No. 3 seed.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Cal State Fullerton (8-5-4, 3-2-1 BWC) moved into third place in the Big West standings with a 1-0 double-overtime win over UC Davis on Sunday. The Titans have not allowed a goal in nearly 138 minutes and are tied for second in the conference with seven shutouts. Goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic has anchored the defensive effort with 79 saves and a 0.68 goals against average, while Erica Mazeau has led the attack with a team-high four goals and five assists (13 points). CSF has struggled on the road this year with a 1-4-1 away record.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 7-8-0. The 49ers have won two of the last three, but it was the Titans who came away with a 2-1 victory in the most recent meeting in Fullerton on Sept. 30, 2012.
A GLANCE AT UC RIVERSIDE
UC Riverside (6-11-1, 3-4-0 BWC), which is tied for fifth in the Big West standings with nine points, has dropped its last three games, including a 2-1 defeat to UC Davis last Thursday. Sammy Arellano and Alexa Bustamante lead the Highlanders with three goals each, while Elizabeth Silas has seen most of the action in between the pipes, registering three shutouts, 72 saves and a 1.35 goals against average.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Riverside, 7-2-4. The 49ers have won three in a row and are unbeaten in the last six games of the series. In the most recent meeting on Sept. 28, 2012, LBSU routed UCR, 5-1.
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 notched her second multiple-goal game at UC Irvine (Oct. 17), scoring twice to lead LBSU to a crucial 2-1 Big West victory. 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 a team-best two multiple-assist games on the year. The Los Angeles native totaled 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 Kaci McCain has been key to the 49ers' recent success as she has posted an 8-4-2 record as the starting goalkeeper. 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 49 saves, four shutouts and a 0.83 goals against average.
HOME SWEET HOME
Over the last eight-plus years, Long Beach State has been dominant at home, compiling an impressive 57-17-10 record (.738) at George Allen Field. The 49ers are unbeaten in their last six home games (4-0-2).
The Big West Tournament will be held at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium next week. The two semifinal games are set for Thursday, Nov. 7, while the championship match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Big West final will be televised on Fox Prime Ticket.
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