March 26, 2014
FINAL NONCONFERENCE MATCH
Long Beach State will host Hartwick this Friday for its final non-Big West match of the season. Hartwick currently holds an identical 15-8 record on the season but will play top-ranked USC the day before its matchup with Long Beach State. Friday’s match is also the lone match of the week at the Beach as it gets its final tuneup before heading into the bulk the Big West schedule.
PARKS CLOSING IN ON SECOND 50 GOAL SEASON
Senior attacker Chelsea Parks scored another three goals last week to bring her season total to 40 goals. With five regular season matches left, along with the Big West Tournament, Parks is on pace to break the 50-goal mark again this season. She finished with 60 goals last year and currently ranks in the top-5 all-time at Long Beach State for scoring. Her 160 career goals are fifth all-time and only five away from the No. 4 spot on the scoring list.
MORGAN HAVING A CAREER YEAR
With the two top scorers on this year’s squad being seniors, junior Justine Morgan has proved to be an asset on the attack this year and for a year to come. She entered the season with 41 career goals but has found the net 36 times already this year to nearly double her career total. Morgan scored once last week against USC to stay with the top group of scorers on this year’s squad. Chelsea Parks, Coriann Snyder and Morgan are all within four goals of each other and have combined to score 113 times, which is nearly 48 percent of Long Beach State’s goal total this year.
BACK TO BACK WINNING SEASONS IN REACH
Long Beach State needs just one more win to clinch its second winning season in a row. Back to back winning seasons would be a first time accomplishment for head coach Gavin Arroyo, who led the 49ers to a 25-7 record in 2012. In fact, LBSU has not posted above .500 records in back to back seasons since the 2005 and 2006 seasons when it went 21-9 and 15-14, respectively.
A CLUSTER IN THE WEST
The Big West schedule will be one of the most challenging stretches of the year for Long Beach State over the month of April. All six Big West schools are ranked in the top-20 nationally. As of last week’s poll, all six teams are ranked between Nos. 6-16. The Beach already has some familiarity with the new-look conference, playing UC Davis, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine in nonconference action. The 49ers went 1-2 in those games with the win coming over UC Davis and one of the losses coming in overtime against CSUN.
POSTSEASON AT THE BEACH
The Big West Tournament will take its turn in Long Beach this year with Long Beach State hosting the conference-wide tournament. The tournament to decide the Big West’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament runs Apr. 25-27 in the Campus Pool.
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