Beach Soccer Opens Big West Play Sunday vs. Hawai'i
LBSU returns from a two-week break on Sunday at 6 p.m. in its Big West opener against Hawai'i.
Game No. 11
Long Beach State vs. Hawai'i
Date: Sunday, Oct. 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Home Field: George Allen Field (1,000)
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
LONG BEACH STATE OPENS BIG WEST PLAY SUNDAY
After a successful non-conference campaign, Long Beach State begins the 2017 Big West Conference season at home this Sunday, hosting Hawai'i at 6 p.m. on George Allen Field. Fans can follow the action through live stats, via the Long Beach State Radio Network, or through a live stream provided by Los Al TV.
LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State had a strong week to close out non-conference play after grabbing a pair of wins during the team's trip to the East Coast, defeating both UConn and St. John's on the road.
The trip started out with a wild double-overtime win against the Huskies. Kayla Cannon opened the scoring with her first collegiate goal, and the Beach took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Connecticut scored to tie the game in the second half, but in the dying minutes, Allie Emmons found Kaitlin Fregulia who headed home the game-winner as Long Beach State won 3-2 via the golden goal.
Riding that momentum, Long Beach State then dominated the action in a 1-0 win over St. John's with Rocio Rodriguez scoring a first-half goal as LBSU out-shot the Red Storm 13-4 over the course of the game.
GETTING READY FOR BIG WEST ACTION
Hawai'i will face UC Davis on Thursday before making their way down south to face Long Beach State as LBSU opens Big West play on Thursday. Long Beach State will then have two more conference games the following week as conference play really gets going for the Beach, traveling to play UC Irvine on the road on Thursday, October 5 before returning to George Allen Field to host Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, October 8.
IN THE RANKINGS
Long Beach State has been ranked as high as No. 24 during the 2017 campaign, but are currently unranked despite holding a 6-3-1 record. The Beach is the only program in the Big West to crack the Top 25 in either poll this season.
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. Against ranked teams in 2017, LBSU is 1-2-0.
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE
Hawai'i enters Big West play with a 5-4-0 record, and has posted a record over .500 primarily with defense and courtesy of a 3-0 record in overtime without a draw in 2017.
The Rainbow Wahine picked up two overtime wins in the first weekend of the season against Utah Valley and Fairfield, and scored another golden goal against Arizona State to have won over half of their games in overtime.
Alexis Mata has twice won the Big West Defensive Player of the Week in goal, posting a pair of shutouts and making 45 saves, while Sonest Furtado was named the Sept. 18 Big West Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game winner against the Sun Devils.
SERIES RECORD VS. HAWAI'I
Long Beach State has a 6-2-3 overall record against Hawai'i. The Beach is unbeaten in five games against the Rainbow Wahine at George Allen Field, and won the last meeting in Long Beach 3-2 in 2015.
Last season, the teams battled to a scoreless draw on the island. LBSU is unbeaten in eight games against Hawai'i, and has a 6-0-2 record since the team's last loss to Hawai'i in 2004.
SPREAD IT AROUND
Long Beach State has scored 14 goals in 10 games so far in 2017, and the team effort is showing as nine different players have scored for the Beach this season, with nine players combining for assists on those goals. In total, 14 different players have combined to play a part in Long Beach State's 14 goals on the year.
Defender/forward Kaitlin Fregulia has started her sophomore campaign on a tear. The Torrance, Calif., native has started in all ten matches for the Beach and has recorded five points with two goals and one assist, including her second game-winner of the season in overtime at UConn. If her offensive skills weren't enough, Fregulia has also excelled on defense helping Long Beach State record five shutout victories over nationally-ranked Northwestern (2-0), at San Diego State (2-0), against Dartmouth (1-0), versus San Diego (3-0), and at St. John's (1-0).
KATE THE GREAT
Sophomore transfer Katie Pingel has made the most of her first year at Long Beach State thus far. She leads the Beach with two goals, one assist, five points and 27 shots, with 12 on target. Recently, she rattled off a career-high five shots at Loyola Marymount. She has stepped up to become a leader on the field guiding the LBSU offense.
150 AND COUNTING
Long Beach State head coach Mauricio Ingrassia hit a huge milestone with his team's 3-0 win over San Diego on September 8. With the win, Ingrassia collected his 150th career victory.
In 14 years at the helm, 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.
Freshman Ayana Robles has netted two game-winning goals in her rookie season to lead the Beach. Robles notched her first collegiate score against Dartmouth to lift LBSU over the Big Green, marking Dartmouth's first loss of the year. She came back two games later and earned the start against San Diego and went on to score the eventual game-winner in a 3-0 victory of the Toreros.
Senior forward Tori Bolden has been a key component to Long Beach State's early success. In the Beach's first win of the year against then-No. 22 Northwestern, Bolden collected her first assist of the season. Three days later at San Diego State, she connected on her first goal of the year, the eventual game-winner. She followed that performance with the game-winning pass to Ayana Robles against Dartmouth and went on to score her team-leading third assist of the season in LBSU's 3-0 victory over San Diego.
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 84-29-20 record (.707) 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 7 combined.
In addition to McDonald, senior Jessica Vincent made her way onto the all-time assists list with 13 career helpers to come in 10th in program history. Vincent, along with Tori Bolden, Kaitlin Fregulia and Ayana Robles, 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.
Ashley Gonzales and Chloe Froment were named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team. It is Gonzales' third straight year in which she was named to the BWC Preseason All-Conference Team.
The Beach also boasts a pair of players who TopDrawerSoccer.com selected to their Women's DI Preseason Top 100 in senior forward Ashley Gonzales and sophomore defender Chloe Froment.
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.
Long Beach State will continue Big West play with two games next week, facing UC Irvine on the road on October 5 before hosting Cal State Fullerton on October 8.
The game on October 8 is a rematch of last year's Big West Tournament Championship game, which Long Beach State won 3-0 to advance to the program's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.
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