49ers Drop 1-0 Decision to USD in NCAA First Round Match

LBSU ends season with 14-5-4 overall record

Senior Hayley Bolt led the 49ers with three shot attempts.

Nov. 14, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the Long Beach State women's soccer team dropped its first round match to the University of San Diego by a 1-0 count Friday evening at UCLA's Marshall Field.

In an evenly played match, the Toreros edged the 49ers in shot attempts (10-9), while holding a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal. USD eventually scored in the 81st minute for the win.

It was a defensive battle in the first half as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Sophomore Bo Rael had a good look on an LBSU corner kick at the 15:09 mark, but her shot from 12 yards out was blocked. The Beach had another opportunity to take the lead when senior Dana Farquhar placed a corner kick into the middle of the box as classmate Hayley Bolt got a head on it, but missed just high.

The 49ers outshot the Toreros 4-3 in the first half, but USD held the advantage in shots on goal (2-0).

Long Beach State turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, but was unable to connect on any of its five attempts. The 49ers' best chance to get on the board came at the 50:33 mark when senior Kim Silos sent a cross to Bolt who was unable to get a solid foot on the ball, missing wide as Torero goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was coming out of the goal.

USD (15-4-2) pulled out the game-winner with just 9:35 left to play as Ashley Kirk picked up the rebound off a save from 49er goalkeeper Liz Ramos and placed it into the bottom left netting.

Bolt led the Long Beach State attack with three shots, while Silos chipped in with two attempts. Ramos finished the evening with a game-high four saves.

LBSU concludes the 2008 campaign with a 14-5-4 overall record. In addition to earning their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, the 49ers claimed their unprecedented third straight Big West Conference regular season title and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament for the first time in school history.

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