Long Beach State Closes Out The Regular Season Against CSUN, UC Davis
The Beach will host UC Davis on Sunday on Senior Day
Game No. 17
Long Beach State at CSUN
Date: Thursday, Oct. 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Northridge, Calif.
Home Field: Matador Soccer Field (1,964)
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Live Stream: GoMatadors.com
Game No. 18
UC Davis at Long Beach State
Date: Sunday, Oct. 29
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Home Field: George Allen Field (1,000)
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
Live Stream: LongBeachState.com
Long Beach State prepares to close out the regular season with a mid-week match at CSUN followed by a home contest with UC Davis. The CSUN match will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field, while the UC Davis game is set for Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at George Allen Field. Prior to the game against UC Davis, Long Beach State will honor its five seniors.
LAST TIME OUT
The Long Beach State women’s soccer team kept their postseason hopes alive with a dominating 3-0 victory over UC Riverside last Sunday. The Beach recorded all three of their goals in the second half to snap a three-match losing skid. The shutout victory is the eighth of the year for LBSU.
Following a scoreless first half on both sides, Long Beach State broke through on a corner kick by Chloe Froment which Sarah Maher headed in for the first goal of the night in the 62nd minute. Maher’s score remained the lone goal until the 78th minute of action when Rola Badawiya hit the back of the net on a penalty kick to give the Beach a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Tor Bolden followed suit and connected on a pass from Rocio Rodriguez to extend the Beach’s lead to three (3-0).
While the offense dominated the second half, goalkeeper Imani McDonald kept the Highlanders off the scoreboard. She finished the game with four saves en route to her fourth shutout on the year.
The quintet of seniors will be playing in their last game at George Allen Field at 2 p.m. on October 29.
Long Beach State has been led by their defense on the year. Overall, LBSU has recorded eight shutouts in the team’s 16 games on the year, with junior goalkeeper Imani McDonald leading the way with four shutout victories.
The Beach’s eighth shutout of the year came last Sunday when Long Beach State dominated UC Riverside in a 3-0 victory at George Allen Field. The win kept the Beach in contention for a spot in the Big West Conference Tournament.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS
CSUN comes into the contest against Long Beach State as the top team in the conference as the Matadors own an 8-4-6 overall record and a 4-1-2 league mark for a total of 14 points.
The Matadors have been unbeaten in their last six matches and are coming off a scoreless tie against UC Davis last Sunday.
Marissa Favela is the team’s leading scorer with five goals on 44 shots with two assists for 12 points. Jovani McCaskill is the reigning Big West Conference defensive player of the week, and has recorded 61 saves in goal thus far.
SERIES RECORD VS. CSUN
Long Beach State leads the all-time series against CSUN as the Beach own a 13-9-2 program record against the Matadors.
The two teams met earlier this season in a non-conference affair in August and battled each other to a 1-1 double overtime draw. The tie extends LBSU’s unbeaten streak over CSUN to five straight as the Matadors are looking for their first win over the Beach since the 2013 season.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
UC Davis comes into George Allen Field with a 3-1-2 conference record which puts them in third place in the league.
The Aggies are coming off of a scoreless tie against CSUN last Sunday. They are led offensively by Mahlah Catline who has scored a team-best four goals on 21 shots. Mandy McKeegan is second on the team with three goals to go along with four assists for 10 points.
Alexis Smith is the primary goalkeeper as she has logged 1319:52 minutes in goal while collecting 78 saves.
SERIES RECORD VS. UC DAVIS
Long Beach State owns a 9-3-1 lead over UC Davis in the all-time series.
The Beach has won the last three meetings and is riding an unbeaten streak of six against the Aggies.
UC Davis is looking for its first win over LBSU since 2010.
SPREAD IT AROUND
Long Beach State has scored 21 goals in 16 games in 2017, and the team effort is showing as 11 different players have have stepped up and scored for the Beach this season, with 11 players combining for assists on those goals. In total, 16 different players have combined to play a part in Long Beach State’s 21 goals on the year.
Senior forward Tori Bolden has been a key component to Long Beach State’s success. In the Beach’s first win of the year against then-No. 22 Northwestern, Bolden collected her first assist of the season, and followed that up with the game-winning goal at San Diego State. Adding two more assists, Bolden then scored twice against Hawai’i, and most recently versus UC Riverside. The product out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., leads the team with 11 points thus far.
KATE THE GREAT
Sophomore transfer Katie Pingel has made the most of her first year at Long Beach State. She leads the Beach in shots taken with 47 as well as shots on target with 21, and has added a pair of goals and assists on the year. She set a new career-high with six shots taken in the team’s road game at Cal Poly, and has proven to be a danger up front.
Defender/forward Kaitlin Fregulia has started her sophomore campaign on a tear. The Torrance, Calif., native has started 14 games for the Beach and has recorded six points with two goals and two assists, 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 six shutout victories over nationally-ranked Northwestern, at San Diego State, against Dartmouth, versus San Diego, and two straight against St. John’s and Hawai’i. Her efforts in the back line helped lead a third straight shutout against UC Irvine before she missed the Fullerton game due to injury.
IN THE RANKINGS
Long Beach State has been ranked as high as No. 24 during the 2017 campaign, but are currently unranked. 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 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.
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.
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 85-30-20 record (.704) 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 moved up to ninth in the career record books after recording her fourth shutout on the season, bringing her career mark to 6.2.
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 Ayana Robles, is just two game-winning goals away from breaking into the top 10 in that category. Meanwhile, teammates Kaitlin Fregulia and Tori Bolden are just one game-winning goal from cracking into the top 10.
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.
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.
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