June 3, 2014
LONG BEACH -
Long Beach State women's soccer head coach Mauricio Ingrassia has announced the program's 2014 signing class, which includes Alexis DellaPietro, Allison Emmons, Ashley Gonzales, Kayla Lombardo, Valerie Margerum, Maggie Reigelsperger and Jessica Vincent. The group will join a 49er program that has made four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last six years.
"We are excited to be signing some outstanding people as well as fine soccer players," Ingrassia said. "This class has some physical defenders, creative playmakers, and pure goal-scorers. It's a very competitive group with players who were top contributors on extremely successful club teams. I'm thrilled they have decided that Long Beach State is the place for their academic and athletic future."
Alexis DellaPietro, Forward, Fr., Lanoka Harbor, N.J. (Lacey Township HS)
DellaPietro was a four-time first-team all-league selection at Lacey Township High School in New Jersey. She also earned first-team all-state honors following her junior and senior campaigns, while garnering second-team recognition her first two seasons. DellaPietro, who finished with a career-best 13 goals and 15 assists as a senior, reached double digits in both categories three years in a row. DellaPietro played club soccer for Match Fit Academy.
"I first noticed Alexis during her sophomore year, as she terrorized opponents with a very athletic, explosive style of play," Ingrassia said. "She is a tough left-sided player who scores goals. She comes to The Beach from Match Fit Academy in New Jersey, a club that is a regular contender on the national stage."
Allison Emmons, Defender, Fr., Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS)
Emmons was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain at Los Alamitos High School. She earned All-Sunset League honors each season, including first-team recognition in 2013 and 2014. Emmons was also named the 2013 Sunset League Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Griffins to a league title with an 8-0-2 record. As a senior, she finished with a career-high seven goals and four assists, and guided Los Al to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Emmons played seven years for Beach Futbol Club, helping the squad to the 2013 and 2014 Cal South National Cup championship, as well as the 2013/2014 USYSA National League title.
"Allie is an athletic defender from nearby Los Alamitos High School," Ingrassia said. "She can play anywhere in the back row, and should contend for playing time right away. She has a strong physical presence and does not shy away from the tackle."
Ashley Gonzales, Forward, Fr., Ontario, Calif. (Chino Hills HS)
Gonzales capped off a stellar four-year career at Chino Hills High School by leading her team to the 2014 CIF-Southern Section Division II title. She posted her second-straight 30-plus goal season, notching a career-high 38 goals to go along with 20 assists as the Huskies finished with a 30-3 overall record. She earned first-team All-CIF honors and was named the Division II MVP. Gonzales was also tabbed the 2014 Sierra League Player of the Year, while she received all-league recognition as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Gonzales played club soccer for FRAM, winning the 2012 Cal South National Cup title and the Far West Regional championship in 2013. She was named the Inland Valley News Player of the Year for 2014.
"Ashley is a prolific goal-scorer, who can put the finishing touch on the play or give the assist," Ingrassia said. "She has a nose for the goal and a relentless competitive spirit that will have her contend for playing time right away. She is a very explosive player inside the box. I'm really looking forward to having her in the Black & Gold."
Kayla Lombardo, Defender, Fr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS)
Lombardo was a four-year member of the varsity team at Rancho Cucamonga High School. As a senior team captain, she led the Cougars to a 12-win season, earning first-team All-Baseline League honors. Lombardo was a first-team selection in 2013 as well, and also garnered All-Valley honorable mention recognition. Lombardo finished her high school career with seven goals and 22 assists. A teammate of Gonzales, she played five years for FRAM Soccer Club, winning the Cal South National Cup in 2012 and the Far West Regional Championship in 2013.
"Kayla is an imposing defender, strong on the tackle, good in the air, and has the ability to join in the attack out of the back," Ingrassia said. "She will be one of the most athletic players in our program, and a weapon for The Beach out of the back."
Valerie Margerum, Midfielder, Jr., Lafayette, Calif. (Oregon State/Campolindo HS)
Margerum is a junior transfer from Oregon State where she played in 32 games, making 10 starts. As a sophomore, she recorded two assists and eight shot attempts in 906 minutes of action, and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team. Margerum prepped at Campolinda High School, garnering first-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League honors as a sophomore and junior. She missed her senior campaign with a knee injury. Margerum also played nine years for Lamorinda Soccer Club and was a team captain for five seasons. In addition, she was a member of the California North Olympic Development Program for three years.
"Valerie possesses strong leadership skills, and comes from Oregon State where she earned regular minutes in the midfield," Ingrassia said. "She has a high soccer IQ, an aggressive mentality, and with two years of Division I experience in the Pac-12 she will be an instant contributor at The Beach."
Maggie Reigelsperger, Midfielder/Defender, Fr., Park City, Utah (Park City HS)
Reigelsperger was a four-year starter at Park City High School in Utah. She garnered all-league and all-state honors each season, receiving first-team recognition as a junior and senior. Reigelsperger helped the Miners to four state tournaments, including two appearances in the finals (2011, 2013). As a junior, Riegelsperger led Park City to an undefeated regular season and an overall record of 17-1-2. She totaled 35 career goals. Riegelsperger played 10 years for Black Diamond Soccer Club, winning the U-15 Utah State Cup.
"Maggie is a player who can play in a few different places and impact the game," Ingrassia said. "She can really hit a dead ball, is tough as nails, and can score goals. She is a system player and adds many intangibles that will make our program better."
Jessica Vincent, Midfielder/Forward, Fr., Torrance, Calif. (West Torrance HS)
Vincent played four years at West Torrance High School, where she earned first-team All-CIF honors after leading the Warriors to the CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinals as a senior. Vincent, who registered 33 goals and 21 assists, was also named to the All-Bay League First Team for the second consecutive season. In addition, she was voted as her team's MVP and was inducted into the West High School Hall of Fame. Vincent played 10 years for Beach Futbol Club with teammates Allie Emmons and current 49er Celeste Dominguez, helping the squad to the Cal South National Cup championship in 2013 and 2014. Her team also won the USYSA National League in 2013/2014.
"Jessica is one of the most creative players in Southern California," Ingrassia said. "She can play in the midfield or up front, and she impacts the game on the offensive end as both a playmaker and a goal-scorer. Her technical ability is outstanding, and her ability to adapt to new environments will help her in her transition to Division I soccer."