Lena Silano had a week to remember for Long Beach State women’s soccer.
On Thursday, Silano scored both goals in the 2-1 Big West Conference opening win over UC San Diego at George Allen Field, including the game-winner with one second left on the clock. Then on Sunday, she scored the first goal against Hawaii in a 3-1 win.
With time ticking down in regulation against UCSD, Kaylee Ramirez delivered rainbow pass from midfield that landed right in Silano’s lap, and the junior did not miss her chance as she beat her defender and delivered a shot just past the goalies outstretched arm to give LBSU a conference victory.
“I heard ‘5-4-3’ and I was like ‘I’m not in a rush’ and I was composed, and I shot that,” Silano said. “I was surprised it was 89:59.”
The ball hit the net literally as the last second ticked off of the clock.
“I just wanted to make sure I got (the ball) out of my half and just get it as far up as I could for a hopeful, maybe someone will get there, and I can always count on Lena to put in the work to get something out of it and she did,” Ramirez said.
“We got to take care of our home field and get the points in the home field,” Long Beach State coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “We did that and it was a crazy finish. Hats off to UC San Diego, they fought really hard and did a great job to get back into the game and we got Lena Silano who can create some magic.”
Silano, Kayla Cannon and Alyssa Reyes scored for Long Beach State women’s soccer in a 3-1 win over Hawaii on Sunday night at George Allen Field.
Silano opened the scoring off a Maddy Perez corner kick in the 18th minute for her seventh goal of the season. Silano is now threatening Nadia Link’s single season record of 16 goals set in 2011.
The game-winning goal came in the 78th minute as Kayla Cannon got out in front of the defense and sent a rocket near-post to beat the keeper. The pass down field came from Daria Petredes in her first game back after missing the last seven games due to injury.
The freshman Reyes scored late for her first career goal. It’s Ramirez’ league-leading fifth assist of the season, and she was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. For the season, she and the LBSU defense own a league-leading 1.10 goals against average.
LBSU (5-4-1, 2-0) hits the road next week as they continue conference play at UC Riverside on Thursday. and at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.
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LBSU (10-4) won two of its three games against top talent at the MPSF Tournament in Berkeley. Matt Morris had three goals and dished out four assists as the Beach defeated No. 8 UC Davis to wrap up the tournament on Sunday in the seventh-place game.
The Beach is at the Gary Troyer Tournament in Pomona this weekend.
LBSU (6-7, 0-2) suffered a pair of disappointing losses to Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield at Walter Pyramid last weekend to open conference play. Dylan Dela Cruz averaged 4.57 digs per set and recorded a career-high 19 digs against Cal Poly. Against CSU Bakersfield, Miranda Canez recorded a career-high 11 kills and seven blocks.
The Beach hosted Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday and travels to Hawaii on Friday.
LBSU shot one-under par in the final round of the Couer D’Alene Resort Invitational, tied for the lowest round of the tournament of any team. Sophomore Hannah Ko returned to action after a years layoff and was the top individual finisher for LBSU in a tie for 21st in the 93 player field.
Junior Tyler Schafer and Freshman Steven Deutsch led the Beach as they both finished with 3-over par for a tie for 31st place at the Husky Invitational in the season opener.