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No. 22 LBSU women's soccer visits Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine this weekend

The 49ers are looking to stay perfect in Big West action when they head to Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine this weekend.

Oct. 11, 2011

Long Beach State (10-3-1, 3-0-0 BWC) at
Cal State Northridge (4-7-2, 2-1-1 BWC)
Friday, Oct. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Matador Soccer Field
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Long Beach State (10-3-1, 3-0-0 BWC) at
UC Irvine (9-3-2, 2-1-1 BWC)
Sunday, Oct. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Anteater Stadium
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LONG BEACH - The 22nd-ranked Long Beach State women's soccer team looks to remain perfect in Big West Conference action this weekend when it hits the road for a pair of crucial games. The 49ers will head to Cal State Northridge on Friday, Oct. 14, for a 7 p.m. match-up, before visiting UC Irvine on Sunday, Oct. 16, for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Anteaters. LBSU is in first place in the league standings, while CSUN and UCI are both tied for second.

LBSU moved up one spot to No. 22 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Oct. 11. The 49ers also sit at No. 3 in the West Region, behind only Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

Cal State Northridge (4-7-2, 2-1-1 BWC) earned a split last weekend, dropping a 2-0 decision to Cal Poly before defeating UC Santa Barbara, 1-0. Heidi Farran leads the Matadors with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists), while Cynthia Jacobo has seen most of the action in front of the net, compiling 41 saves and a 1.30 goals against average.

After getting off to a slow start in conference action, defending Big West regular season champion UC Irvine (9-3-2, 2-1-1 BWC) came back with a pair of 1-0 victories over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly last weekend. Natalia Ledezma has paced the Anteaters with six goals and four assists, while Lexi Kopf has registered a team-best seven goals. Jennifer Randazzo has manned the net for UCI with 59 saves, four shutouts and a 1.09 GAA.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 8-6-1, and has won the last two contests by a 2-1 margin at George Allen Field. The teams last met on Nov. 4, 2010, in the Big West semifinals.

LBSU trails in its series with UC Irvine, 9-6-3, as the 49ers and Anteaters split a pair of matches last season. UCI claimed the regular-season meeting, 1-0, but LBSU came back to top the 11th-ranked Anteaters, 1-0, in the Big West Tournament finals.

Senior Kaitlyn Gustaves was tabbed the Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week the conference office announced Monday. Gustaves had a career-high nine saves in a 2-1 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 9). The Titans struck in the 28th minute, but Gustaves did not allow a goal the rest of the way, giving the 49ers the opportunity to come back to tie it up in the final minute of regulation and eventually win it in the first extra period.

On the season, the Long Beach native has compiled 44 saves, five shutouts and a league-leading 0.91 goals against average. Her totals in those three categories also rank among the top 10 in the 49er single-season record books.

The 49ers have fared well at home as they are 6-1-0 at George Allen Field. They have also scored 21 of their 36 goals on their own turf. Since the program was reinstated in 1998, LBSU is 66-37-16 at George Allen Field and owns an even more impressive home record of 45-15-9 in the Mauricio Ingrassia era.

Long Beach State, which is 14 games into its 19-match slate, has already made it a year to remember. The 49ers have scored a Big West leading 36 goals, ranking them third in LBSU single-season history. They are chasing the program record of 44 goals, which was established in 2008. Long Beach State has also registered its sixth 10-win season in the last seven years and are looking to break the school record of 14 victories which was set in 2006 and matched in 2008 and 2010.

The 49ers have also established the school's largest margin of victory since the program was reinstated in 1998. LBSU toppled Saint Mary's, 6-0, on Sept. 18, and defeated Cal Poly by the same score on Oct. 2.

Individually, Nadia Link is on pace to break the single-season record in goals scored, which is held by Annette Fernandez (16), as Link has a team-high 12 tallies in 2011. In addition, Shawna Gordon needs four more assists to tie Janet Fettig for the single-season record of 13 helpers.

Junior Nadia Link, who attended the U.S. U-23 National Team camp last week, ranks among the best in the nation in points per game (9th, 2.29/gm) and goals per game (T13th, 0.857/gm). Link has a Big West leading 12 tallies on the year as she is just the seventh 49er to reach double figures in scoring. Link has found the back of the net in nine of LBSU's 14 contests, with three multiple goal games. The Rowland Heights native garnered Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 5 after registering back-to-back performances with two goals in wins over Princeton and Hawaii. That effort also earned her a spot on both the and Soccer America Teams of the Week. In the 49er career record books, Link is sixth with 20 goals and is seventh with 48 points.

Senior Shawna Gordon is known for her finesse as she has a team-high nine assists, but she is also one of the 49ers' top scoring threats with seven goals. Gordon, who has registered at least one point in the last six games, scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in a 2-1 overtime win at UC Santa Barbara before notching two goals and an assist in a 6-0 thumping of Cal Poly. Earlier this year, the Rancho Cucamonga native also established a school record with four assists in a 6-0 victory over Saint Mary's. Gordon is currently third in LBSU history with 23 career helpers and is eighth with 17 career goals.

Senior Nicole Hubbard registered her first career hat trick in a 6-0 win over Saint Mary's on Sept. 18. The Lakewood native is tied for second on the team with seven goals this season. She is also tied for ninth on the 49ers' all-time top 10 list with 16 career goals.

Senior Marysol Rosas scored her first goals of the season with a career-high two tallies in a 6-0 win at Cal Poly. The forward found the back of the net twice in a three-minute span. She also had an assist on the game-tying goal with 12 seconds left in regulation in a 2-1 overtime win against Cal State Fullerton.

Long Beach State returns home for its final three games of the regular season as they begin the stretch with a 3 p.m. match against UC Riverside on Friday, Oct. 21.



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