Sept. 11, 2012
Long Beach State (5-2-0) vs.
Texas Tech (5-2-0)
Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Time: 5 p.m. (PT)
Location: Titan Stadium
Long Beach State (5-2-0) vs.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 16
Time: 11 a.m. (PT)
Location: Titan Stadium
The 20th-ranked Long Beach State women's soccer team makes the short trip to Fullerton where it will play two non-conference games as part of the Under Armour Invitational this weekend. The 49ers open the tournament on Friday, Sept. 14, with a 5 p.m. match-up against Texas Tech. LBSU then returns to action on Sunday (Sept. 16) with an 11 a.m. showdown against Army. Both games will be played at Titan Stadium on the Cal State Fullerton campus.
This weekend brings a pair of firsts as Long Beach State has never faced Texas Tech or Army in its 18-year history.
SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech (5-2-0) started the season with five-straight wins, but has come up short in its last two games, falling at Ole Miss, 2-0, and at Auburn, 2-1. The Red Raiders are paced by Jessica Fuston and Janine Beckie, who have four and three goals, respectively. Beckie also has two assists, while Conner Williams has a team-high three helpers. Victoria Esson is TTU's netminder, posting a 0.77 goals against average and an .821 save percentage.
A GLANCE AT ARMY
Army is off to a 4-4-0 start after splitting a pair of games at its own Black Knight Classic last weekend. Army started off the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Iowa, before coming back to top Syracuse, 1-0. Joey Molacek leads the Black Knights with three goals and seven points, while Kim An and Anna Lail have two goals apiece. Linda Rosas has seen most of the action in between the posts with 29 saves and a 1.27 goals against average.
IN THE RANKINGS
The 49ers were ranked 20th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released on Sept. 11.
INGRASSIA REACHES THE CENTURY MARK
Ninth-year head coach Mauricio Ingrassia registered career win No. 100 with the 49ers' 2-1 victory over Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 2, at George Allen Field. Ingrassia, who has led LBSU to six 10-plus win seasons, owns a career record of 101-56-17. Over the last six years, Ingrassia's teams have proved themselves to be one of the Big West's and NCAA's elite, claiming three regular season conference championships (2006-08), two Big West Tournament titles (2010-11) and making three NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2011, Ingrassia led Long Beach State to the NCAA Elite Eight after capturing a second consecutive Big West Tournament title and notching the program's first postseason victory at No. 7 Pepperdine. The 49ers also earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010.
LINK STAYS HOT IN TEXAS
Senior Nadia Link seems to pull out all the stops when playing in neutral-site games at Aggie Soccer Stadium in College Station, Texas. At the Aggieland Invitational in 2010, Link scored three goals in two upset wins over ranked teams, Washington State and Virginia Tech. Last weekend, Link registered her first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory over North Texas on Texas A&M's home field. Over the three neutral-site games, Link amassed six goals on 11 shot attempts.
The 49ers, who are 3-0-0 in overtime contests, have been clutch late in games this season. It all started in the opener against Arizona (Aug. 17) when Ashley Roese broke a 1-1 tie at the 93:01 mark. The following weekend, Eileen Maes connected for a game-winning header goal in the 92nd minute of a 2-1 overtime victory vs. No. 24 Baylor. Nadia Link was the most recent heroine as she completed a hat trick at the 96:06 mark in a 3-2 triumph over North Texas. The 49ers also pulled off a huge comeback win against Michigan, scoring twice in the final three minutes of the game for the 2-1 win. Link converted a penalty kick before Kelsey Wilson drove home the game-winner just under two minutes later.
Seven different 49ers have found the back of the net over the team's first seven games. Nadia Link leads the way with four goals, while Alex Balcer has two. Eileen Maes, Ashley Roese, Kelsey Wilson, Jessika Oseguera and Natalie Zeenni have also scored.
GIVE ME A SHOT
Long Beach State has outshot its opponents, 111-87, and notched a season-high 25 attempts against Saint Francis. Nadia Link leads the team with 31 shots.
HOME SWEET HOME
Dating back to last year, Long Beach State has won 11-straight games at George Allen Field. LBSU's last home loss came vs. California on Sept. 9, 2011. Since 2004, the 49ers have been quite comfortable when playing at George Allen Field as they own a 47-14-11 record during the eight-year span.
LINK EYES CAREER RECORDS
Following her three-goal outburst against North Texas on Sunday, Nadia Link jumped into a tie for fourth among the 49ers' all-time leaders with 28 career goals. She needs just six more to eclipse the 26-year old school record of 33 goals which is held by Janet Fettig (1984-86). Link is also among the top-10 in game-winning goals (T2nd, 11), shots (4th, 161), points (5th, 68) and assists (T8th, 12).
MAES, NELSON PROVIDE STRONG SUPPORT
Junior Eileen Maes and sophomore Taylor Nelson have combined for five of Long Beach State's seven assists. Maes has totaled three helpers, while Nelson has two. Maes also has one goal, scoring the game-winner in a 2-1 overtime win against No. 24 Baylor.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Long Beach State's game against Texas A&M (Sept. 7) was televised as the NSCAA College Game of the Week by FOX Soccer. It was the second nationally televised game in 49er history as they were also featured as the NSCAA Game of the Week in 2006 when they played at Cal State Fullerton.
Long Beach State returns home for its final non-conference game on Friday, Sept. 21, as it hosts San Diego in a 7 p.m. match at George Allen Field.
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