LOS ANGELES, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s women’s soccer team went toe-to-toe with the Loyola Marymount Lions, a squad that reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, but the Roadrunners were unable to prevail in Sunday’s match. After remaining scoreless through the first 58 minutes, the Lions put together a string of goals in the second half to take a 4-1 victory over the Roadrunners.
After the match, Gary Curneen, Head Coach of the ‘Runners, had this to say of his team’s performance: “The reality is that for 58 minutes, we frustrated a team that had been nationally ranked. A combination of decision-making and fatigue led to the game opening up and credit to LMU for taking full advantage.”
Curneen went on to describe what his team will learn from facing such a tough foe: “I can’t fault the effort and work rate of our team, but this is a real lesson in game management. If we want to become the team we say we do, we will have to use this game and grow from it. We have improvements to make in and out of possession and, as the games are now coming fast, our time in the classroom and practice field will have to be maximized.”
CSUB’s defense was able to hold off the Lions in the first half, but LMU enjoyed the majority of possession. The Lions outshot the ‘Runners 9-3 in the period and continued their advantage into the second half.
At 58:29, the Lions finally cracked the ‘Runner defense with a goal by Sarah Sanger. LMU’s Phoebe Riley went on to score goals in the 64th and 66th minutes to put the team ahead 3-0. Tatyanna Lewis capped a string of four goals in 15 minutes with a blast from outside the 18-yard box.
CSUB picked up a second wind and put together a series of solid chances on goal in the final minutes. Redshirt senior Whitney Strong took a powerful swing from well outside the box and forced the LMU keeper to make a diving save. After another pair of chances in the box, junior defender Maja Green sent a free kick into the box. Green’s cross found an LMU defender, who attempted to clear the ball, but instead scored an own goal to make the score 4-1.
The Roadrunners (1-2-1) will travel to the east coast next for a pair of games. CSUB will take on Presbyterian College in South Carolina on Friday, Sept. 2, before closing out the road trip with a Sunday afternoon match against Campbell in North Carolina. CSUB will be back home Sept. 9 against Eastern Washington.