There were plenty of shots to go around, but the Long Beach State women’s soccer team struggled to find the net in its first piece of action this season.
The 49ers outshot San Diego State, 13-4, yet they were only able to come away with one goal in the 2-1 exhibition loss to the Aztecs at George Allen Field on Saturday.
LBSU struggled to score goals last season and finished the year seventh in the Big West Conference with a goal per game average under one.
Senior midfielder Lindsay Bullock scored the lone LBSU goal in the 58th minute on a rebound. The goal came on one of the 49ers’ eight shots on goal in the game.
“The second half we came out strong and worked hard,” Bullock said. “We did the simple stuff … we were a little bit frantic in the first half. We finished strong and that’s what is important.”
Bullock finished 2009 second on the team with four goals, but it was well off her total of 10 goals in 2008. She finished fourth overall in the Big West that season and earned the Big West Midfielder of the Year award.
Saturday’s exhibition was also head coach Mauricio Ingrassia’s first chance to see his 2010 squad in a real-game situation, and the seventh-year coach came away with a positive attitude despite the loss.
“For the most part I thought we controlled [the game],” Ingrassia said. “We were able to turn the tide in the second half and get a little better. We were able to see a lot of kids, which was the goal. We would to have liked to have won, obviously … but this is a game to be able to try things.”
The Beach played both goalkeepers on its roster Saturday as planned, Ingrassia said. Kaitlyn Gustaves allowed two first-half goals, with the second coming off the right post. Her replacement Emily Kingsborough had two saves and held the Aztecs scoreless in the second half.
“Go with both of them to see where they are,” Ingrassia said. “Kaitlyn hasn’t had a start in two years and it was important to see how she reacted.”
Ingrassia didn’t put the blame for the two goals solely on his junior goalkeeper.
“I thought their goals were way to easy,” Ingrassia said. “It looked like they sliced right through, and I want to see the film to see what broke down. We looked like were just standing there and froze for a second.”
True freshman Kassidy Hause was a standout for the 49ers on Saturday, prompting Ingrassia to say the Lakewood High product was the team’s “bright spot” of the game. Hause started the game and played 49 minutes for The Beach.
The 49ers will begin their season at home when they host BYU at 5 p.m. on Friday at George Allen Field.