Minus both a midfield playmaker and their most experienced defender, playing their seventh game in a 16-day stretch, and on the road in hot weather against an opponent riding a eight-game winning streak, it happened. In Big West Conference play Sunday at Cal State Northridge, the Long Beach State 49ers finally hit the wall. With freshman midfielder Hayley Bolt on the sideline with a wrist injury, the 49ers were unable to muster a steady offense and fell 1-0. “This was the end of a long road trip, and I thought we were a little bit off,” said 49er coach Mauricio Ingrassia, whose squad dropped to 8-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the BWC. “We were playing against a good team, the game could have gone either way … playing without arguably two of our best players.” On a day in which LBSU only recorded two shots on goal, both in the second half by freshman midfielder Kim Silos, the defense held firm as goalie Liz Ramos had to make only three saves. Junior Natalie Messina was out of the game for LBSU with a leg injury suffered in Friday’s win at Pacific, but the 49ers frustrated a Matadors attack that included four corner kicks (the 49ers had zero corner kicks). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 CSUN (10-1, 2-0) got on the board in the 58th minute when Kristy Krohn went in from the right and beat a sprawling Ramos with a low shot for the game’s only goal. “If we play Long Beach 10 times, it’s going to be a very even series,” CSUN coach Terry Davila said. “They’re very well coached, with very good players.” LBSU almost got it right back, as the 49ers had a chance at the CSUN goal just seconds later. Silos’ shot, the 49ers’ first on goal in the game, beat Matadors goalie April Cline, but defender Julie Hauserman cleared it off the line. The 49ers had chances on free kicks from outside the goal box, but never forced Cline into making a save. In the 72nd minute, Silos shot on goal from 26 yards, but Cline made her only save of the game. Having just finished a stretch of playing six of seven games on the road, LBSU now returns home to host four consecutive, starting with Cal Poly SLO on Friday at George Allen Field. “It will be nice to be able to have a good training session, a couple good training sessions,” Ramos said. “We’ve been playing so many games that we have game, day off, recover, game, day off, recover, it’s kind of gone like that. So we haven’t had time to really get in and practice and really work on the things that we’ve been seeing in the games. So this will be a good time for us to look back on all the games we’ve played, and focus on the future.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!