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Long Beach State headed to Santa Clara for third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance

Head coach Mauricio Ingrassia and his 49ers will be making their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend.

Nov. 5, 2012

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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's soccer team didn't have to wait long to find out its postseason fate on Monday afternoon. The 49ers were the fourth school to be called during the selection show as they earned one of 34 at-large bids to the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.

LBSU will be making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday, Nov. 10, when it heads to Santa Clara to take on the 18th-ranked Broncos. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

"We felt we had done enough to be considered for the NCAA Tournament, but it was a matter of waiting and seeing how things went," ninth-year head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "I think it's a strong statement from our program and our conference and hopefully now we can make everyone proud."

Long Beach State, which earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2008, has now made the 64-team bracket in four of the last five years. In 2011, the 49ers made history by picking up the program's first postseason wins and advancing all the way to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Despite missing out on the Big West Tournament after placing fifth in the conference standings, LBSU finished the regular season with the league's best overall record at 12-7-0. Senior Nadia Link leads Long Beach State with 25 points (8 goals, 9 assists), while junior Eileen Maes has a team-best nine goals. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marrina Meyers has anchored the defensive effort with a 1.11 goals against average, six shutouts and 74 saves.

Santa Clara (11-3-6) also earned an at-large bid as it finished third in the West Coast Conference. Julie Johnston leads the Broncos with 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists), while Sofia Huerta has also registered six goals and five assists. Andi Tostanoski has seen most of the action between the posts, compiling 68 saves and a 1.10 goals against average.

The winner of the 49ers-Broncos match will play the victor of top-seeded Stanford and Idaho State in the second round on Friday, Nov. 16.



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