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Long Beach State travels north for crucial Big West games at UC Davis, Pacific

The 49ers head north this weekend for a pair of Big West games at UC Davis and Pacific.

Oct. 9, 2012

Long Beach State (9-5-0, 2-2-0 BWC) at
UC Davis (7-5-1, 2-1-0 BWC)
Friday, Oct. 12
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Aggie Soccer Stadium
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Long Beach State (9-5-0, 2-2-0 BWC) at
Pacific (3-8-1, 0-2-1 BWC)
Sunday, Oct. 14
Time: Noon
Location: Knoles Field
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The Last Meeting
UC Davis0
Long Beach State2
October 28, 2011
George Allen Field
49ers secure Big West Tournament bid with 2-0 victory over UC Davis
The Long Beach State women's soccer team secured its sixth Big West Tournament bid in the last seven years with a 2-0 win over UC Davis Friday afternoon at George Allen Field.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State4
October 30, 2011
George Allen Field
LBSU women's soccer prevails after wild second half, defeats Pacific 4-2
It was a wild second half in which five goals were scored over a 15-minute span, but it was the Long Beach State women's soccer team that prevailed, 4-2, over Pacific Sunday afternoon at George Allen Field.

The Long Beach State women's soccer team is set for its final road trip of the regular season as it heads north for a pair of Big West games at UC Davis and Pacific. The 49ers will square off against the Aggies at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, before returning to the pitch for a noon showdown with the Tigers.

Long Beach State is currently tied for third in the Big West standings with six points. UC Davis and Cal State Northridge also have six points, while UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton sit in a tie for second with nine points each. Cal Poly separated itself from the pack last weekend as it claimed sole possession of first place with 12 points. The top four teams advance to the Big West Tournament which will be played at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium on Nov. 1 and 4.

UC Davis (7-5-1, 2-1-0 BWC) defeated Pacific, 3-2, in its lone game last weekend. Sienna Drizin scored twice, including the game-winner in the 88th minute, to push her season total to four goals. Ashley Edwards also has four goals to go along with two assists for a team-high 10 points. Taylor Jern has seen most of the action in front of the net, compiling 60 saves and a 0.98 goals against average.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Davis, 5-3-0, and has claimed four of the last five meetings. In 2011, Taylor Nelson scored the eventual game-winner in the 54th minute of a 2-0 victory at George Allen Field.

Pacific dropped to 3-8-1 overall and 0-2-1 in Big West play after suffering a 3-2 loss to UC Davis last weekend. Maricela Padilla has powered the Tiger offense with six of the team's 14 goals. Tashia Long and Kathrine Larsen have shared goalkeeping duties and have combined for 63 saves and a 2.17 goals against average.

Long Beach State leads in its series with Pacific, 9-5-1. The 49ers have suffered just one loss in the last eight meetings with the Tigers. In the most recent outing on Oct. 30, 2011, LBSU claimed a 4-2 victory at George Allen Field with Nadia Link leading the way (2 goals, 1 assist).

Ninth-year head coach Mauricio Ingrassia registered career win No. 100 with the 49ers' 2-1 victory over Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 2. Ingrassia, who has led LBSU to six 10-plus win seasons, owns a career record of 105-59-17. Over the last six years, Ingrassia's teams have proved themselves to be among 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.

Long Beach State is one victory away from reaching the 10-win plateau for the seventh time in the last eight years. In 2011, the 49ers registered a school-record 18 wins, eclipsing the previous high of 14, which the 2006, 2008 and 2010 squads had established.

Even with all eyes on her, once All-American Nadia Link gets going, she is nearly unstoppable. The senior forward has a Big West-leading 20 points, 15 of which were compiled in three games. Link registered her first career hat trick against North Texas (six points), finished with one goal and a career-best three assists at UC Riverside (five points) and had one goal and two helpers vs. Cal Poly (four points). On the year, the Walnut, Calif., native has five games with multiple points.

Redshirt freshman Renee Mendiola has come on strong in conference play. Since the start of the 49ers' Big West slate, Mendiola has amassed three goals, one assist and seven points. Even more impressive is the fact that she has only taken three shots in Big West games. The Long Beach native's seven points is tied for third on the team.

LBSU put its depth on display in its Big West opening weekend at UC Riverside (Sept. 28) and Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 30) with six different players finding the back of the net. Senior Nadia Link notched her fifth goal of the season, while classmate Shannon Bullock scored her first of the year and second of her career. Junior Kassidy Hause, sophomores Kristyn Benavidez and Renee Mendiola, and freshman Hannah Sanders also connected for their first career goals. On the year, the 49ers have had 13 players account for 27 goals.

LBSU is tops in the Big West in shots (219), points (78), goals (27) and assists (24). Individually, Nadia Link leads all players in the conference with 61 shots, 20 points and eight assists. Link and Maes are also tied for second with six goals each.

Long Beach State has reached double figures in shot attempts 12 times this year and has fired off more than 20 shots on three occassions. It had a season-high 25 attempts in a 2-0 triumph over Saint Francis and also had 24 against Cal Poly and 22 in a 3-2 overtime win vs. North Texas.

Nadia Link is third among the 49er all-time leaders with 30 career goals. She needs just four more to eclipse the 26-year old school record of 33, which is held by Janet Fettig (1984-86). Link is also among LBSU's top-10 in game-winning goals (2nd, 12), shots (4th, 191), points (4th, 79) and assists (5th, 19).

Long Beach State returns home for its final three regular season games beginning with a 7 p.m. tilt with Big West rival UC Irvine on Saturday, Oct. 20.



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