49ers drop regular-season finale in Davis

The Long Beach State women's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 1-0 loss Sunday against UC Davis at Aggie Soccer Field. Aggies forward Lisa Kemp delivered the game-winning goal in the 70th minute. Keile Argente sent a cross to the right side of the field to Kemp, who then drilled a shot that found the upper left corner of the net. The 49ers (12-5-2, 5-2-1 Big West Conference) controlled the tempo of the game from the early going as they fired off five unanswered shots within the first 15 minutes of the first half. However, The Beach was unable to find the net as it recorded a season-high 23 shots, eight of which were on goal. Meanwhile, the Aggies (7-9-2, 2-5-1 Big West) were held to 10 attempts, two of which were on frame. LBSU also held the advantage in corner kicks, 8-2. Senior midfielder Lindsay Bullock paced the 'Niners with 6 shots, while midfielder Karina Camacho added three. Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves earned the start in goal and finished with one save in the 49ers' loss. Maria Magana tallied eight for the Aggies. LBSU returns to action Thursday as it plays host to third-seeded Cal State

By | 2010-10-31T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 31, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

Link, Bullock help 49ers secure No. 2 seed

The Long Beach State women's soccer team had reason to celebrate Friday as it clinched the second seed for the Big West Conference tournament.  The 49ers (12-4-2, 5-1-1 Big West Conference), who will host the first round of the Big West tournament against Cal State Northridge (11-8-0, 5-3-0 Big West) on Thursday, have appeared in the tournament five of the last six years. Nadia Link scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season, while Lindsay Bullock tallied a second score to lead The Beach to a 2-0 victory over Pacific (7-7-3, 4-3-0 Big West) at Stagg Stadium. In a match that produced 35 fouls, Link struck first in the 57th minute as she recovered the ball after a scramble in front of the goal. The sophomore then turned around and fired a shot that dropped into the net. With the goal, Link ended the Tigers' season-long shutout streak at home. Bullock added an insurance goal in the 81st minute when she collected the ball from the left side of the field. She then delivered a strike across the box that caught the inside of the post to seal the victory for the 'Niners. Despite being outshot, 6-5, The Beach collected

By | 2010-10-30T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 30, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

LBSU women picked 7th in preseason media poll

The Long Beach State women's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the nine-team Big West Conference by 25 media members in a preseason poll released Thursday. The 49ers, who finished fourth in the Big West last season, received 84 points and finished ahead of just Pacific (51) and Cal State Northridge (42). UC Davis received 16 first-place votes (210 points) and was picked to repeat as regular-season Big West champions. The Aggies are followed by: Cal Poly (183), UC Riverside (182), UC Santa Barbara (164), Cal State Fullerton (113), UC Irvine (96), LBSU, Pacific and CSUN. The Big West also released the media's preseason all-conference team: Kristina Santiago (Cal Poly), Mikah Maly-Karros (UCI), Paige Mintun (UCD), Alyssa Morris (UCR), Megan Richardson (CSUF), Mekia Valentine (UCSB). Santiago will return as the reigning Big West Player of the Year. LBSU will return just two starters from a team that compiled a 13-17 overall record, but a 9-7 mark in Big West play. Head coach Jody Wynn will have eight newcomers, including seven freshmen, on this year's squad. The ‘Niners will host Cal Poly Pomona in a 4 p.m. exhibition Nov. 6 at the Walter Pyramid. The Beach will open the

By | 2010-10-28T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 28, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

Tournament positions at stake this weekend

If the Long Beach State women's soccer team plans on earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, then it needs to be prepared to rewrite its own history. As strange as it sounds, the 49ers (11-4-2, 4-1-1 Big West Conference), who captured three of the last four regular season conference crowns, have never won the Big West tournament. But LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said the circumstances are different now. "Those past teams had nothing before them," Ingrassia said. "They were building the tradition. They weren't living up to anything. ... We're able to bounce back as a team because of what we've had in the past and we know, now, that's what we expect from our program." Playoff scenarios for LBSU If The Beach wins Friday's match against Pacific (7-6-3, 4-2-0 Big West), then it clinches the second seed for the four-team Big West tournament with 16 points. A win also wraps up home-field advantage for the first round. However, if the ‘Niners and Tigers play to a draw, then LBSU would still control its destiny with a one-point lead and just a game left to play. Since they've already locked up a spot in the conference tournament,

By | 2010-10-27T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 27, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

VAFAMANESH: Golden opportunity awaits LBSU in Northern California

As the regular season narrows down to just two games, the Long Beach State women's soccer team will have its sights set on maintaining second place in the Big West Conference. The 49ers (11-4-2, 4-1-1 Big West Conference), who currently have 13 points in the Big West standings, will need to defeat Pacific (7-6-3, 4-2-0 Big West) on the road Friday to guarantee themselves home-field advantage in the first round of the conference tournament. UC Irvine (15-1-2, 7-0-0 Big West), which currently has 21 points, clinched the top seed in the four-team tournament on Sunday. The good news for The Beach is that it controls its destiny. The bad news is that the ‘Niners have a slim one-point lead for second in the conference standings over Pacific and Cal State Northridge (10-8-0, 4-3-0 Big West). Looking Ahead The toughest obstacle LBSU will have to overcome in Friday's match will be scoring against Pacific goalkeeper Jill Medigovich, who received Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors last week. But the Tigers' recent success on defense isn't something new. Their backline has shut teams down all season, allowing one goal or less in 13 of their 16 games. However,

By | 2010-10-26T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 26, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

Beach soccer moves past CSUN into 2nd place

Box score The Long Beach State women's soccer team shook up the Big West Conference standings Sunday as it edged Cal State Northridge, 2-1, on Senior Day at George Allen Field. The 49ers' (11-4-2, 4-1-1 Big West) victory moved them up to second place in the conference with 13 points, while the Matadors (10-8-0, 4-3-0 Big West), who have 12 points, dropped into a tie for third with Pacific. "If we win out, we're going to host the [Big West tournament] semifinals," LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "And I think that any one of the four teams that make the tournament can win." Senior midfielder Lindsay Bullock delivered the game-winning goal in the 32nd minute. Midfielder Marysol Rosas fired a cross into the box that found an unmarked Bullock, who then headed it into the far right side of the net. Bullock's goal marked her sixth of the season, one behind team-leader Nadia Link. The Beach needed just five minutes to break the scoreless game open as defender Bo Rael's header from inside of the six-yard box found the back of net. Forward Nicole Sweetman was credited with the assist when her corner kick met Rael for the score.

By | 2010-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 24, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

49ers dropped by No. 15 UCI in emotional showdown

The Long Beach State women's soccer team saw its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped as it ran into its most physical conference match of the season Thursday against 15th-ranked UC Irvine. UCI defender CoCo Goodson scored the game-winning goal in the 43rd minute to lift the Anteaters (14-1-2, 6-0-0 Big West Conference) to a 1-0 victory over the 49ers at George Allen Field. Forward Tanya Taylor delivered a one-touch pass inside the box to Goodson, who then fired a rocket that soared past the reach of ‘Niners goalkeeper Emily Kingsborough. "It was more of just luck on their side," LBSU defender Nicole Hubbard said of the goal. "It was one lucky shot and it went in." 49ers forward Nadia Link landed on the back of her head in the 72nd minute when she took a hard fall to the grass after getting tangled up with a UCI player. She appeared to be shaken up after the play, but returned to the field after three minutes on the bench. The Beach (10-4-2, 3-1-1 Big West) suffered another scare in the final minute of the game when officials momentarily stopped the match after midfielder Lindsay Bullock took an inadvertent shot to the jaw

By | 2010-10-21T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 21, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

One school’s decision becomes LBSU’s missing Link

The Long Beach State women's soccer match Thursday against No. 15 UC Irvine, which kicks off at George Allen Field at 3 p.m., might mean a little more to sophomore Nadia Link. Whether anyone knows it or not, Link is no ordinary student-athlete. Aside from waking up every morning at 6 a.m. to make the 90-minute commute to Long Beach from her hometown of Walnut, she attends soccer practices daily while carrying 16 units. But those are not the only elements that make the elusive striker so special. It all began in the summer of 2008 when her life took an unexpected turn. Link discovered that she was pregnant with her 21-month-old daughter, Adrianna. The news sent shockwaves through her family and infuriated her parents to the extent that she was eventually kicked out of her home. "When I had initially told my mom I was pregnant, it was heartbreaking," Link said. "My mom [said], 'I can't do this right now' … it was tough." With no place to stay, Link and her then-boyfriend, Agustine Lopez, fled to several venues before living in her car for three weeks while she was 7 months pregnant. But then one evening, Link tearfully

By | 2010-10-20T00:00:00+00:00 Oct 20, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|
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