Earlier today, the Lady Zags fell in their season opener, losing 4-0 to the Long Beach State University 49ers. Taking on a highly skilled and experienced squad, the Zags gave up two goals in each half and couldn't handle the great attacking ability of the 49ers. Hopefully, the Lady Zags can put this behind them, as they will be returning to action on Sunday.
While the Zags started the game brightly, it was the 49ers that got on the board first. In the 22nd minute, Kristen Kiefer scored the 1st of her two goals, by scoring off a 49ers corner kick. Kiefer added her 2nd goal of the game in the 44th minute, as she scored on a rebound to give the 49ers a 2-0 lead at the half. LBSU made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, with their second goal off a corner kick. This time it was Nicole Hubbard, who was able to get her head to the ball and score off the corner. Not surprisingly, the 49ers were not done converting their corner kick opportunities into goals. In the 77th minute, Hayley Bolt was able to get her head to a cross and make the score 4-0. This capped off a tremendous offensive performance by the 49ers, which out shot the Lady Zags 22-2.
This was certainly a disappointing start to the season, but the Lady Zags get a chance to turn around their fortune on Sunday. They will be hosting the Portland State Vikings, in the inaugural game at the new Gonzaga soccer field. The game will kickoff at 1 P.M, and TKR encourages everyone to get out there and check out the new stadium, and also support the Lady Zags.