Beach Wins Third Big West Tournament Title In 3-0 Victory Over UC Irvine
Long Beach State had the largest margin of victory in a shutout in Big West Tournament history.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State ran rampant in the first half, scoring three goals and cruising to a 3-0 win on the day over UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament finals, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
For Long Beach State (10-6-4), the win marked the third Big West Tournament Title for the program as well as an upcoming sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, all coming under head coach Mauricio Ingrassia.
The three-goal margin of victory over UC Irvine (13-7-2) matched the biggest in Big West Championship history, and was the largest gap in a shutout, as Long Beach State will enter the NCAAs with a shutout streak of four straight games.
Long Beach State struck early with a pair of set pieces -- Earning a corner in the third minute Froment's cross was cleared out of bounds by the Anteaters, but on the second attempt, Froment found her center back partner Kaitlin Fregulia on the far post, who banged home the corner to give LBSU the lead before five minutes had passed in the game.
Staying on the front foot, the Beach put the game out of reach with two goals in quick succession after the 20th minute.
Building out of the back, Mimi Akaogi found space in the middle of the field, laying it off to Mimi Rangel who put Jessica Vincent behind the defense, and the junior midfielder scored to push the lead to 2-0 in the 24th minute.
Less than two minutes later, Ashley Gonzales was pushed down in the box, and the junior stepped up to take the penalty, converting for the third time this season to make the score 3-0 with the forward's 11th goal of the season.
While the shot totals in the game ended up even, Ashton McKeown was never really threatened in any of the four shots on goal she faced, as the Beach went on to claim the 3-0 win.
Senior Mimi Rangel captured one additional honor in an already well feted career, as the midfielder was named the Big West Tournament MVP, a bookend on a career that has seen her win two Big West Midfielder of the Year awards and a Big West Freshman of the Year while also
Long Beach State will find out its tournament destination during the NCAA selection show, airing online at ncaa.com tomorrow at 1:30 PT. Anyone wishing to join the team's watch party for the show can come to the Ukleja Room in the Walter Pyramid at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Admission to the viewing party is free, but those wishing to park on campus will need to pay the regular university parking fee of $7.
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