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No. 11 Women's Soccer travels to BYU, hosts Michigan on Sunday
Senior Alex Balcer and the No. 11 49ers travel to BYU for their first road trip of the year.  (Photos by John Fajardo/LBSU)

Senior Alex Balcer and the No. 11 49ers travel to BYU for their first road trip of the year. (Photos by John Fajardo/LBSU)

Aug. 28, 2012

2012 LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER
Game No. 4
Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 5 p.m. (PST)
at BYU Cougars
South Field - Provo, Utah

Game No. 5
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 - 6 p.m. (PST)
vs. Michigan Wolverines
George Allen Field - Long Beach, Calif. 

FIRST GOAL
The No. 11 Long Beach State women's soccer team travels to Provo, Utah for its first road trip of the year, playing BYU on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. (PST). LBSU returns home on Sunday, hosting the University of Michigan at 6 p.m. This will be the 49ers' first visit to Provo since 2007, when the Cougars came away with a 1-0 shutout. Michigan will be making its first-ever visit to Long Beach as the Wolverines visit Cal State Northridge on Thursday evening.

THE COACHES
Long Beach State Head Coach Mauricio Ingrassia enters his ninth year at the 49er helm. In eight-plus seasons, Ingrassia career record stands at 96-54-17, a winning percentage of .626 as he stands just four wins shy of reaching the 100-win plateau. Ingrassia is the winningest coach of all-time at LBSU. A 1995 graduate from Cal State Fullerton, Ingrassia has guided the LBSU soccer program to one of the country's elite. Last season, Ingrassia guided the 49ers to the NCAA Elite Eight after capturing their second consecutive Big West Conference Tournament title and recording the program's first postseason victory at No. 7 Pepperdine. His teams have also made two postseason appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010 and also coached the 49ers to three Big West Conference regular-season titles (2006, 2007, 2008), two Big West Tournament championships (2010, 2011). He is the fourth all-time winningest coach in Big West history (percentage). Ingrassia is the school's seventh head coach as the program in its 19th year.


 

 

BYU Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood enters her 17th season at the Cougar helm. Rockwood has a 16-year record at BYU of 274-85-31.

Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan enters her fifth year with the Wolverines with a record of 29-32-16. Ryan has a 20-year coaching record of 214-113-34 as he previously coached at Wisconsin, Southern Methodist and Colorado College.

THE SERIES
This will be the sixth all-time meeting between LBSU and BYU as the Cougars holds a 2-3 advantage over the 49ers. The last time the two programs met, was back in 2010 in Long Beach when the Cougars shutout the 49ers 2-0. This will be the first-ever meeting between LBSU and Michigan.

ABOUT BYU
BYU, entering its second season in the West Coast Conference, is off to a 2-1 start after splitting last weekend on the road with a victory over Arizona (1-0) and a loss at Utah (1-0). Sophomore Jaiden Thornock leads the squad with seven shots and two goals on the year. Seniors Carlee Payne Holmoe and Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall follow closesly with five shots apiece and 12 other BYU players have recorded at least one shot this year. Junior goalkeeper Erica Owens has already logged 278 minutes in front of the net and made 13 saves.

ABOUT MICHIGAN
The University of Michigan, a longtime member of the Big Ten Conference is off to a 4-0 start after recording an overtime win against fellow Big West member Cal State Fullerton (2-1) and a victory against Detroit (1-0). After opening the season with four consecutive home games in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines visits the state of California for their first road trip of the year. Junior forward Shelby Chambers-Garcia leads Michigan with two goals, while junior midfielder Meghan Toohey leads the team with 11 shots, seven on goal and one game-winning goal.

MOVING UP IN THE RANKINGS
In the latest top-25 poll that was released by the NSCAA (Aug. 28), the 49ers moved up three spots from 15th to 11th. This is the highest ranking for the 49ers since finishing last season at No. 14. LBSU also moved up in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll that was released on Aug. 21, as the 49ers went from 23rd to 18th.

BALCER NAMED BIG WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER, COLLEGE SOCCER 360.COM PRIMETIME PEFORMER OF THE WEEK
Senior Alex Balcer helped Long Beach State continue its home field winning streak with wins against Saint Francis and No. 24 Baylor, recording Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player and College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer of the Week kudos. The Tucson, Ariz. native was the centerpiece of a stingy LBSU defensive unit that held Saint Francis to just five shots in the game. The defender also stepped up on offense as she connected for her second goal of the season and third of her career in the Baylor match. In the 63rd minute, Balcer took a free kick from midfield that sailed over the Bear goalkeeper's head and into the net that tied the match at 1-1 apiece. She led the 49ers with three shots in the game.

INGRASSIA ONE WIN AWAY FROM 100
Ninth-year head coach Mauricio Ingrassia is just one win away from recording his 100th career victory. With the 49ers' 3-0 start to the 2012 season, Ingrassia picked up win Nos. 97, 98 and 99. Ingrassia's coaching record currently stands at 99-54-17. He has led LBSU to a 10-plus win season six times.

HOME SWEET HOME
The 49ers extended their winning streak at George Allen Field to nine straight games as they defeated Saint Francis (2-0) and Baylor (2-1 in OT). LBSU also began the year 3-0, matching the program's best start since 2006. LBSU ended the 2011 season with an impressive 10-1 home record at George Allen Field. LBSU last lost at home on Sept. 9, 2011 versus California (2-0).

LAST OUTINGS
Junior Jessika Oseguera and sophomore Natalie Zeenni each scored a goal to carry LBSU past visiting Saint Francis, 2-0, last Friday night at George Allen Field. Sophomore goalkeeper Marrina Meyers recorded her first shutout as a 49er with three saves and captured her second win in front the net. LBSU outshot Saint Francis 25-5 for the game, with eight on goal.

Junior Eileen Maes' overtime header lifted LBSU past visiting then-No. 24 Baylor, 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at George Allen Field. With just a minute into the overtime period, Maes received the ball from senior Jordan Nelson, heading the ball pass Baylor keeper Michelle Kloss from six yards out to record her first goal as a 49er in the 91st minute. In the 63rd minute, senior Alex Balcer took a free kick from midfield that sailed over Kloss' head and into the back of the net, to tie the game at 1-1. Balcer's second goal of the season, was almost a duplicate play that came against Arizona in the season opener.

49ERS WINS SEASON OPENER AT HOME
In the first official night game ever played at George Allen Field, LBSU won in dramatic fashion taking a 2-1 overtime decision over visiting Arizona. Sophomore forward Ashley Roese nettted the game-winner in the 93rd minute, shooting the ball from the middle of the box to the left corner of the net. Senior defender Alex Balcer scored the 49ers' first goal of the season in the 44th minute with a free kick from midfield that floated over the Wildcats' goalie and bounced right into the net.

LINK NAMED TO 2012 HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Senior forward Nadia Link was named to the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch Lists for 2012 that was announced on Monday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the MAC. The MAC Herman Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. The Missouri Athletic Club has been presenting college soccer's players of the year awards since 1986. Each list will be narrowed down by NSCAA members from Division I programs to 15 semifinalists by November 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices and the finalists will be announced December 6. The winners will be announced at the awards' banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

49ERS RECORD HISTORIC SEASON IN 2011
LBSU is coming off from its best season in program history as the 49ers finished with an overall record of 18-6-1, marking the program's sixth 10-win campaign in the last seven years. The 18 wins also eclipsed the previous single-season record of 16, which the 2006, 2008 and 2010 squads had established. In addition, the 49ers shattered the school record for goals (49), assists (52) and points (150). The 49ers defended their Big West Conference Tournament title to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season (third in four years), and recorded the program's first postseason victory at No. 7 Pepperdine in the first of three victories that saw LBSU advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.

49ERS PICKED TO WIN BIG WEST CONFERENCE
LBSU winners of the last two Big West Conference Tournament championships, were picked to finish in first place in the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll. LBSU received nine of the 10 first-place votes for a total of 99 points. This is the first time since the 2007 season that the 49ers are favored to win the conference. LBSU captured five first-place votes (77 points) in 2007 and three votes (56 points) in 2006, when the 49ers were also picked to finish in first. UC Irvine was selected to finish in second, grabbing the other first place vote with 86 points, followed by Cal State Fullerton in third with 71. Cal State Northridge was picked to finish in fourth with 69 points, with UC Santa Barbara in fifth with 53 points. Cal Poly grabbed the sixth spot (48), while UC Davis and Pacific were tied for seventh (44) and UC Riverside and conference newcomer Hawaii were paired for the ninth position (18).

LBSU EARNS NO. 18 RANKING IN NSCAA PRESEASON POLL
LBSU earned the preseason ranking of No. 18 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The 49ers finished the 2011 campaign ranked 14th in the final NSCAA national poll, marking the first time in school history LBSU has been ranked at the end of the season. The 49ers were the only team from the Big West picked in the top 25 poll, while the Pac-12 (Stanford, UCLA) and West Coast Conference (Pepperdine, Santa Clara) had two teams each.

LINK, BALCER NAMED TO COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Seniors Nadia Link and Alex Balcer were tabbed by College Sports Madness to its 2012 preseason All-America teams. Link was selected Second Team All-American, while Balcer was named Fourth Team All-American.

NEW ADDITIONS TO GEORGE ALLEN FIELD
This year will see several new additions to the 49ers' home facility, George Allen Field, as new lights were added this past January and a brand new Daktronics scoreboard was constructed at the northeast corner of the field. George Allen Field is the first athletic field at LBSU to ever have lights and will now enable the 49ers to practice and have games at night for the first time in school history. LBSU will play their first official game under the new lights on Friday, Aug. 24 versus Arizona.

WELCOME BACK HAWAII
The University of Hawaii returns to the Big West Conference in all sports excpet for football as it's newest member beginning this season. UH joins nine other members that are all located in the state of California. The Rainbow Wahine was previously a member of the Big West from 1984-96 before leaving for the Western Athletic Conference.

COMING ATTRACTIONS
LBSU returns home on Sunday, Sept. 2, hosting the University of Michigan at 6 p.m.

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