2012 LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER
Game No. 6
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 - 5 p.m. (PST)
at Texas A&M
Ellis Field - College Station, Texas
Game No. 7
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 - 8 a.m. (PST)
vs. North Texas
Ellis Field - College Station, Calif.
The No. 16 Long Beach State women's soccer team flies to the Lone Star state for their second road trip of the 2012 campaign, playing No. 14 Texas A&M on Friday evening at 5 p.m. (PST) and North Texas on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (PST). Both games will be played at Ellis Field in College Station, Texas.
Long Beach State Head Coach Mauricio Ingrassia enters his ninth year at the 49er helm. 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.
Texas A&M Head Coach G Guerrieri enters his 20th season at Aggie helm. Guerrieri has a 19-year record at Texas A&M of 321-97-23, a winning percentage of .754 and an overall career record of 337-109-23 (.743)
North Texas Head Coach John Hedlund enters his 18th year at the Mean Green helm. He has a 17-year record at North Texas of 234-94-21.
This is the first meeting between LBSU and Texas A&M. Although the LBSU played in College Station, Texas in 2010, taking part in the four-team Aggieland Invitational, the 49ers and Aggies never played each other. This is will be the fourth meeting between North Texas and LBSU as both teams last played each other back in 2007 in the Oklahoma Classic. The 49ers won that contest 5-0.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M in its first year in the Southeastern Conference, is off to a 4-1-0 start and are 3-0 at home. The Aggies are led by Kelley Monogue with three goals (six points) with two coming as game-winning goals. Annie Kunz leads the team with 16 shot attempts, five on goal and Jordan Day stands in front of the net with 11 saves and a 4-1 record. The Aggies advanced to their 17th NCAA Tournament last season after winning a 12th-and-final Big 12 Championship in the last year in the conference.
ABOUT NORTH TEXAS
The University of North Texas, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is off to a 5-0 start after defeating Houston, 2-1 and Texas Southern, 6-0, this past weekend. Kelsey Hodges leads the Mean Green with four goals (eight points) with one towards the game-winning goal. Michelle Young leads the team with 24 shot attempts, 10 on goal. Jackie Kerestine sits in goal for the Mean Green with 14 saves, two goals and a 5-0 record.
Texas A&M has played two common opponents the 49ers will face later in its schedule. The Aggies opened the season with a 2-1, victory at UC Irvine (Aug. 20) and two days later lost at San Diego, 1-0 (Aug. 22).
49ERS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
LBSU's game against Texas A&M will be televised on taped delayed (8 p.m. PST) on FOX Soccer as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Game of the Week. This will be the first time since 2006, the 49ers have been televised nationally when they played at Cal State Fullerton as the NSCAA Game of the Week.
IN THE RANKINGS
In the latest top-25 poll that was released by the NSCAA (Sept. 4), the 49ers fell five spots from 11th to 16th. LBSU is ranked at No. 24 in the latest CollegeSoccer360 top-25 poll that was released on Sept. 4.
INGRASSIA REACHES THE CENTURY MARK
Ninth-year head coach Mauricio Ingrassia recorded career win No. 100 with the 49ers' 2-1 victory over Michigan on Sunday night at George Allen Field. Ingrassia's record stands at 100-55-17. He has led LBSU to a 10-plus win season six times.
Seniors Nadia Link and Kelsey Wilson recorded their first goals of the season, scoring in the last three minutes of the game against Michigan on Sunday. Link tied game at 1-1 on a penalty kick in the 87th minute and Wilson scored on a free-kick from 22 yards in the 90th minute to defeat the Wolverines, 2-1 at George Allen Field.
LBSU suffered its first loss of the season at BYU, as the Cougars came away with a 1-0 win in Provo. BYU scored the only goal of the match in a penalty kick in the 81st minute.
HOME SWEET HOME
LBSU extended their home winning streak to 11 games and have won 14 of their last 15 matches at George Allen Field. LBSU last lost at home on Sept. 9, 2011 versus California (2-0).
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.
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 14, 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 except 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.
LBSU continues its four-game road trip with a short drive to Orange County to face Texas Tech on Friday, Sept. 14 (5 p.m.) and Army on Sunday, Sept. 16 (11 a.m.) at the Cal State Fullerton Under Armour Invitational at Titan Stadium in Fullerton.