Long Beach Tops Tigers In Season Finale

Long Beach, Calif. –  The Tigers erased one-goal deficits twice, on goals by Liz Higashino and Laura Hogan, but the Long Beach State 49ers tallied twice in two minutes to take a 4-2 win over the Pacific women's soccer team in the regular season finale Sunday.

Pacific wraps its 2011 campaign at 8-9-1 overall, 2-5-1 in the Big West. Sunday's contest was the first BWC match for the Tigers not tied or decided by one goal.

Long Beach State improves to 12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 in the Big West and will play Thursday in the Big West tournament semifinals.

Down 1-0 in the 64th minute, sophomore defender Brittni Beeman sent a restart into the box where freshman midfielder/defender Liz Higashino finished from six yards out for her second goal of the season and a 1-1 tie.

But less than five minutes later, Long Beach re-established the lead, as a corner kick from Kelsey Wilson was headed into the near post by Nicole Hubbard.

The Tigers would have an answer, as freshman midfielder Pernile Schulze-Larsen found senior forward/defender Laura Hogan, and Hogan's shot from 12 yards out snuck inside the right post to draw Pacific level at 2-2 with less than 18 minutes remaining.

The 49ers surged ahead again in the 79th minute, as Nadia Link scored her second goal of the game and 14th of the year, with a shot to the far post. Link had put Long Beach on the board in the sixth minute of the match, with a shot to the upper left corner.

Again, one goal was followed shortly after by another goal, but this time, it was Long Beach. Just 39 seconds after her goal, Link sent a cross into the box for Jazz Strozier, who finished to the near post for a two-goal advantage.

The Tigers out-shot Long Beach three to none in the final 10 minutes, but couldn't claw back for a third time.

For the match, shots were even at 13-13, but the 49ers held a seven-four advantage in shots on goal.  Pacific sophomore goalkeeper Tashia Long made three saves, while Long Beach keeper Kaitlyn Gustaves posted a pair of saves.

Five Tigers seniors played their final game in a Pacific uniform: Hogan, midfielder Angelica Figueroa, midfielder Nydia Ramos, midfielder Alex Topp, and forward Kristina Wavomba.

In two seasons with the Tigers after transferring from junior college, Ramos posted a pair of goals with three assists this season.

Figueroa, Hogan, Topp and Wavomba all rank in the Tigers top 20 in career points.

Wavomba, who led the Tigers with eight goals this season, sits fourth all time in both goals (23) and points (59). She also ranks fourth in game-winning goals with six. Her 13 career assists ranks ninth.  

Figueroa's 23 career assists are third in Tigers history and fourth in Big West history, with 12 career goals (which ranks tied for 12th), she finishes eighth all-time at Pacific with 47 points.

Hogan sits 15th in points with 30, as her 13 goals is 11th all-time at Pacific. She's tied with Wavomba with six game-winning goals.

Topp had a breakout year with six goals and 13 points, bringing her career total to 27, which sits 17th all time. Her 12 career goals is tied with Figueroa for 12th.

Pacific will have 19 players returning for next year, including 13 letter-winners and Maricela Padilla, who medically redshirted this season.