Long Beach State Hosts San Diego Before Road Swing
The Beach play their last home match of the month on Friday at 7 p.m.
Game No. 7
San Diego at Long Beach State
Date: Friday, Sept. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Home Field: George Allen Field (1,000)
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
Live Stream: BeachVision
LONG BEACH STATE HOSTS SAN DIEGO BEFORE ROAD SWING
The Long Beach State women’s soccer team will play it’s last home contest during the month of September on Friday when the Beach welcomes San Diego to George Allen Field for a 7 p.m. contest. Following the match against the Toreros, Long Beach State will hit the road for its next three games beginning with Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS
After going 1-1 last week, Long Beach State dropped out of the rankings.
Neither San Diego nor Loyola Marymount are ranked.
San Diego is 1-4-0 on the year, while LMU is 3-1-1.
In the first four weeks of the season, Long Beach State has faced three schools featured in the Top 25 in then-No. 9 UCLA, then-No. 22 Northwestern and then-No. 25 Cal.
Friday’s game against San Diego is LGBTQ Night at George Allen Field. Youth (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older) will receive discounted tickets. The match starts at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m.
To order tickets please call: 562-985-4833 or visit The Center Long Beach located at 2017 E. 4th Street in Long Beach, Calif.
For more information visit www.LongBeachState.com/LGBTQ.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 25 Long Beach State suffered a 1-0 setback last week at No. 17 Cal after having won three in a row.
The Beach kept the Bears off the board for the first 74 minutes of action until Miranda Nild was able to sneak one past Imani McDonald.
McDonald finished the game with five saves in 90 minutes of action.
Rola Badawiya led the LBSU offensive charge with two shots and one on target. The Beach finished the match with six shots with four on goal.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS
San Diego comes into the match against Long Beach State with a 1-4 overall record. The contest marks the Toreros’ second road contest of the year.
The Toreros started the year off on a four-game losing streak after dropping decisions to Virginia Tech (1-0, 2OT), Texas A&M (2-0), Texas Tech (1-0) and at San Diego State (3-1). Their one win came last Sunday against Denver (3-1) in San Diego.
USD is led by Summer Mason on offense as she has tallied one goal, one assists and three points on a team-high 12 shots.
Amber Michel is the goalkeeper and she has recorded 25 saves, while allowing eight goals.
SERIES RECORD VS. SAN DIEGO
In the all-time series between San Diego and Long Beach State, the Toreros lead 11-3-3. Last year, USD defeated LBSU, 3-2, at George Allen Field. The Beach look for their first win over San Diego since 2012 when they shutout the Toreros, 1-0, in Long Beach, Calif.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Loyola Marymount is 3-1-1 on the year thus far and 2-0-1 when playing at home. The Lions’ lone loss of the season came against No. 21 Rutgers, 3-0, to open the 2017 campaign. Since then, LMU has been unbeaten, winning its last two matches over No. 17 Utah (1-0) and Columbia (2-0).
Sarina Bolden leads the Lions on offense with two goals, one assists and five points on 14 shots with seven shots on goal.
Charlee Pruitt is the LMU goalkeeper and she has accumulated 19 saves, while allowing six goals in five matches.
SERIES RECORD VS. LMU
Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State will meet for the eighth time in program history and LMU leads the all-time series 5-2-0.
The Lions have won the last two meetings as the Beach are looking to earn their first win over LMU since 2013.
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 149 victories as he is just one win 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.
Defender/forward Kaitlin Fregulia has started her sophomore campaign on a tear. The Torrance, Calif., native has started in all six 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 record three straight shutout victories over nationally-ranked Northwestern (2-0), at San Diego State (2-0) and against Dartmouth (1-0). Her efforts earned her LBSU Athlete of the Week on August 28.
KATE THE GREAT
Sophomore transfer Katie Pingel has made the most of her first year at Long Beach State thus far. In the first month of the season, she leads the Beach with two goals, four points and 13 shots on goal,w ith six shots on target. She has stepped up to become a leader on the field guiding the LBSU offense.
Freshman Ayana Robles netted the game-winning goal in Long Beach State’s 1-0 victory over Dartmouth. The goal marked Robles’ first collegiate score and handed Dartmouth its first loss of the year. Robles came in clutch in the contest as she came off the bench and connected on her only shot of the game to record the eventual game-winning goal off the crossbar and into the back of the net.
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 83-29-20 record (.705) 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 three straight shutouts to bring her career total to 5.1.
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).
STANDING ROOM ONLY
In the game against then-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.
BWC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior goalkeeper Imani McDonald was named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week during week three. 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.
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 Loyola Marymount, the Beach close out the non-conference season with a pair of road games against UConn and St. John’s.
The Beach will take on UConn on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Storrs, Conn., at 4 p.m. (PT). Then LBSU will travel to New York, N.Y., to go up against St. John’s on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. (PT).
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