The Long Beach State women’s soccer recipe for success has been made clear this month and it’s a simple combination: play stellar defense and let Lena Silano score. Last week, LBSU didn’t give up a goal while cooking up a pair of victories at UC Davis and CSU Bakersfield thanks to an overtime goal from Silano.
On Thursday, Silano scored in the 25th minute off a Maddy Perez corner kick, and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Morgan Houston-Shepherd made two saves for her second clean sheet of her short career to secure the win over first-place UC Davis.
On Sunday, Silano scored in the last minute of double overtime to lift LBSU over CSU Bakersfield 1-0. It is her eleventh goal of the year which ranked fifth most in school single-season history. It’s also her sixth game-winning goal, which is second most in program history. She’s five goals away from tying Nadia Link’s record 16 goals in 2011.
LBSU (8-5-2, 5-1-1) is now second in the Big West and stays on the road to visit CSUN on Thursday.
S5E83 – Men’s Basketball Media Day Special With Drew Cobb, Jordan Roberts And Colin Slater by lbsuathletics
It’s a special Men’s Basketball featured episode of the LB Fee Show! No Andy this week so instead we dive straight into the season with Long Beach State’s three captains: Jordan Roberts, Drew Cobb and Colin Slater. Fun conversation with a lot of great info on the season, which is just around the corner!
Men’s Water Polo
The Beach (16-5, 2-0) was busy last weekend going 3- at Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center. The most important victory came in a 15-6 result over No. 10 San Jose State. Rafael Real Vergara scored four goals and Andrej Bosanac had 12 saves and two steals in the win. Real Vergara reached 100 goals for his career.
LBSU also beat Golden West and Long Beach City College in exhibitions, but lost to No. 3 USC 13-9.
LBSU (9-10, 3-5) split a pair of Big West matches last week against UC San Diego and UC Irvine while Kashauna Williams became the 17th player in program history to record 1,000 career kills. Williams put down 23 kills in a 4-set win over UC San Diego on Friday, and finished the week averaging 3.44 kills bringing her career total to 1,028 to rank 15th all-time at the Beach.
LBSU hosts UC Riverside and UC Davis this weekend.
The Beach men finished fifth and the women finished sixth at the Highlander Invitational last weekend. Raymon Ornelas and Ryley Fick led the way for their respective sides, each registering the fifth fastest time in program history for the men’s 8K and women’s 6K, respectively.
Senior Jack Ainscough led Long Beach State with a 3-over par showing for a top-20 finish at the Wolf Pack Classic.