No. 25 Long Beach State Welcomes Dartmouth, Travels to No. 25/17 Cal
The Beach host Salute to Service Night on Friday against Dartmouth
Game No. 5
No. 25 Long Beach State vs. Dartmouth
Date: Friday, Sept. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Home Field: George Allen Field (1,000)
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
Live Stream: BeachVision
Game No. 6
No. 25 Long Beach State vs. No. 25/17 Cal
Date: Sunday, Sept. 3
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Home Field: Edwards Stadium (22,000)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com
Live Stream: Pac-12 Network
NO. 25 LONG BEACH STATE WELCOMES DARTMOUTH, TRAVELS TO NO. 25/17 CAL
The No. 25 Long Beach State women’s soccer team moves into week three of the season with a pair of matches. The Beach will host Dartmouth on Friday, Sept. 1 at George Allen Field at 7 p.m., before traveling north to take on No. 25/17 Cal on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. The road contest will be live on the Pac-12 Network.
IN THE RANKINGS
Long Beach State is back in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll as the Beach come in ranked 25th. Additionally, LBSU is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. The Beach saw more attention in the polls after going 2-0 last week with wins over nationally-ranked Northwestern and at San Diego State.
Dartmouth is not ranked and brings a record of 2-0-0 to Long Beach.
Cal begins week three ranked 25th in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and 17th in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Poll. The Bears own a record of 3-1-0 thus far.
This season, Long Beach State will face three schools featured in the United Soccer Coaches Poll in top-ranked UCLA, No. 25 Cal, and Northwestern which is receiving votes. In the TopDrawerSoccer.com Poll, LBSU has three opponents in the top 25 in No. 2 UCLA, No. 17 Cal, and No. 21 Northwestern.
SALUTE TO SERVICE
In an effort to thank all of our service members for their hard work and dedication, Long Beach State is hosting Salute to Service night on Friday, Sept. 1 in conjunction with the women’s soccer game against Dartmouth. All service members will receive free admission with valid ID.
LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State recorded a 2-0 victory at San Diego State on Sunday.
Leading the offensive charge for the Beach were Tori Bolden and Nadiyah Siqueiros who each recorded a goal with the help of Kaitlin Fregulia and Kayla Cannon who each notched an assist in the victory.
Keeping the Aztecs scoreless was no easy task as SDSU connected on nine shots with five on target. However, stellar defense from Fregulia and goalkeeper Imani McDonald kept the Aztecs off the board to preserve Long Beach State’s second straight shutout win.
For their efforts on defense, Fregulia was named Long Beach State Player of the Week, while McDonald was selected as Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth brings a 2-0 record into George Allen Field after having opened the season with victories over FIU (1-0) and Stony Brook (2-1).
The Big Green’s three goals this year have been scored by Remy Borinsky, who leads the squad with nine shots and five on goal, Bianca Ribi, and Lauren Lucas.
In goal for Dartmouth is Mariel Gordon who has accumulated seven saves and one shutout over 180 minutes of action.
SERIES RECORD VS. DARTMOUTH
Dartmouth and Long Beach State will meet for the first time in program history on Friday.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
No. 25 Cal has started the season with a 3-1 overall record with wins over UC Irvine (2-1), No. 24 Santa Clara (2-1) and UC Davis (2-0). The Bears’ only loss of the year came at San Francisco on Aug. 25, when the Dons earned a 1-0 shutout.
Abigail Kim leads Cal’s offense with three goals on 13 shots with nine shots on target. Miranda Nild, Kelly Fitzgerald, and Luca Deza each have tallied one goal thus far.
Emily Boyd is the Bears’ goalie. She has collected 11 saves on the year, while surrendering three goals for a 0.75 goals against average. She also owns one shutout in four matches.
SERIES RECORD VS. CAL
Cal and Long Beach State will go head-to-head for the first time since 2011 and for the fifth time in program history.
The Beach are looking for their first-ever win over the Bears as Cal leads the all-time series 4-0.
When playing in Berkeley, Long Beach State is 0-1.
STANDING ROOM ONLY
In the game against No. 9 UCLA, Long Beach State boasted a crowd of 1,912 which marked the second-highest all-time attendance in program history. Even more impressive, the Beach were represented by a school-record 703 students in attendance which more than doubled the previous student attendance record of 340.
Defender/forward Kaitlin Fregulia has started her sophomore campaign on a tear. The Torrance, Calif., native has started in all four matches for the Beach and has recorded three points with one goal and one assist. If her offensive skills weren’t enough, Fregulia has also excelled on defense helping Long Beach State to back-to-back shutout victories over nationally-ranked Northwestern (2-0) and at San Diego State (2-0). Her efforts earned her LBSU Athlete of the Week.
BWC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior goalkeeper Imani McDonald was a big part of Long Beach State’s two 2-0 shutout victories last week. The product out of Long Beach, Calif., logged 180 minutes of action in net and collected six saves, while not allowing any goals. She kept nationally-ranked Northwestern off the board as the Wildcats were limited to just six shots with one on target. The following game, she shutdown San Diego State’s offense on the road as she grabbed five saves in the win. The Big West Conference Awarded her Defensive Player of the Week, marking the first time she has earned the nod in her career.
CLOSING IN ON 150
Long Beach State head coach Mauricio Ingrassia is in his 14th season at the helm of the Beach. In those 14 seasons he has accumulated 148 victories as he is just two wins away from hitting the 150-win milestone. Ingrassia has averaged 10 victories per season and is the winningest coach in Long Beach State women’s soccer history.
Since his arrival in 2004, the Beach has developed not only into a perennial powerhouse in the Big West, but also into a national contender.
Ingrassia has led Long Beach State to four Big West regular season championships, three Big West Tournament titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including an unprecedented run to the Elite Eight in 2011.
He has also guided LBSU to nine 10-plus win campaigns, including last season’ 10-7-4 showing.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Beach will play nine of their 18 regular season games at George Allen Field. This is good news for Long Beach State fans as the Beach has been dominant at home over the last 13 seasons, compiling an impressive 82-29-20 record (.702) at George Allen Field.
FOR THE RECORD
Long Beach State boasts three different current student-athletes who have broken into the Top 10 record book at LBSU. Most recently, Imani McDonald found her way into the 10th place spot after having collected two shutouts last week to bring her career total to 4.1.
In addition to McDonald, senior Jessica Vincent made her way into the all-time assists list with 13 career helpers to come in 10th in program history. Vincent, along with Tori Bolden adn Kaitlin Fregulia, is just two game-winning goals away from breaking into the top 10 in that category.
Lastly, Ashley Gonzales’ name comes up quite often in the LBSU record book. The senior forward is ranked second in game-winning goals (13), fourth in goals (29), fifth in shots (160) and sixth in points (64).
BIG WEST PRESEASON POLL
For the second year in a row, Long Beach State was picked to finish first in the 2017 Big West Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll. The Beach, which is coming off its third Big West Tournament championship and sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, received eight first-place votes and 78 total points to top the list.
Cal State Fullerton claimed second with 63 points, while UC Santa Barbara took third with 59 points. UC Irvine picked up the remaining first-place vote and was chosen to place fourth. Rounding out the five, six, and seven spots, respectively, were CSUN (50 points), Cal Poly (34 points), and UC Davis (32 points). UC Riverside collected 21 points for an eighth-place finish, while Hawaii rounded out the poll in ninth with 15 points.
Gonzales, the 2016 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, is the highest ranked Big West student-athlete as she comes in at No. 21. Froment, who is ranked 36th, is coming off of an impressive rookie season in which she was named 2016 Big West Freshman of the Year. The duo was selected to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team.
WELCOME TO THE BEACH
Long Beach State announced its signin class comprised of seven incomnig freshmen and four transfers.
That group includes #0 Mia Hummel (So., GK), #1 Ashley Seymour (Fr., GK), #4 Erica Stephan (So., MF), #6 Nadiyah Siqueiros (Fr., F), #18 Katie Pingel (So., F/MF), #22 Ayana Robles (So., MF), #24 Kaylee Ramirez (Fr., F), #25 Kayla Cannon (Fr., F), #27 Rola Badawiya (Fr., F), #30 Gaby Marta (Fr., MF), #31 Sarah Pilster (Fr., D), and #32 Makayla Soll (Fr., MF).
Coming off of a redshirt year, is redshirt freshman forward Tori Buda.
Following Long Beach State’s road game at Cal, the Beach return home to host San Diego on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
That match will be their last at George Allen Field for the month of September as the team hits the road to take on Loyola Marymount on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., before flying to the East to go up against UConn (Sept. 14) and St. John’s (Sept. 17).
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