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LBSU begins final regular-season homestand with key match-up against UC Riverside

The 49ers entertain UC Riverside in a 3 p.m. Big West showdown on Friday, Oct. 21.
(Photo by Steven Georges)

Oct. 18, 2011

UC Riverside (7-7-1, 2-2-0 BWC) at
Long Beach State (10-5-1, 3-2-0 BWC)
Friday, Oct. 21
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: George Allen Field
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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's soccer team will be looking to get back on the winning track this week when it plays host to UC Riverside in a crucial Big West match-up on Friday, Oct. 21. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. at George Allen Field.

The 49ers are currently in fourth place in the conference standings with nine points, while the Highlanders are in fifth (6 points).

The Long Beach State women's soccer game vs. UC Riverside is going to be broadcast live on Sean Pellerin and former 49er Lindsay Bullock will be announcing the game.

LBSU, which was ranked No. 22 in last week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, dropped out of the top 25 this week. The 49ers are fifth in the NSCAA West Regional rankings.

UC Riverside (7-7-1, 2-2-0 BWC) earned a split on the road last weekend as it fell to UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, before topping Cal Poly, 2-1, in overtime. Andrea Morales (4 goals) and Kayde Hensley (3 goals, 1 assist) have paced the Highlander offense, while Jessica Olafsen has seen a majority of the playing time in between the posts. Olafsen has registered 52 saves, three shutouts and a 1.18 goals against average.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Riverside, 5-2-4, and is unbeaten in the last four meetings (3-0-1). The 49ers haven't lost a game in the series since 2006. In the most recent outing, LBSU topped the Highlanders, 3-0, in Riverside on Oct. 8, 2010.

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

Long Beach State is in the midst of what is already a memorable year. 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.

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.

Senior Kaitlyn Gustaves was tabbed the Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after registering a career-high nine saves in a 2-1 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton on 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 48 saves, five shutouts and a league-leading 0.98 goals against average. Her totals in those three categories also rank among the top 10 in the 49er single-season record books.

Junior Nadia Link, who attended the U.S. U-23 National Team camp two weeks ago, ranks among the best in the nation in total points (T15th, 31) and goals (T19th, 12). Link has a Big West leading 12 tallies on the year as she is just the seventh 49er in school history to reach double figures in scoring. Link has had three multiple goal games and has registered at least one point in 11 of LBSU's 16 contests. The Rowland Heights native garnered Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 5 after 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 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 triumph over Cal Poly. Earlier this year, the Rancho Cucamonga native also established a school record with four assists in a 6-0 victory against 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.

Several 49er newcomers have wasted no time in making their presence felt at Long Beach State. Of the nine new players who have seen action on the field this year, five of them have registered at least one point. Leading the way is sophomore transfer Kelsey Wilson, who is tied for fifth with five points (1 goal, 3 assists). Sophomore transfer Sierra Mack also has one goal and two assists, while freshman Taylor Nelson has three helpers. Freshman Ashley Roese added her first points of the season with two assists in a 6-0 win at Cal Poly.

Long Beach State will close out the regular season next weekend when it plays host to UC Davis (Oct. 28) and Pacific (Oct. 30). The 49ers will honor their seven seniors before Sunday's game against the Tigers.



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