MCDANNALD: Long Beach State women bringing the fight early

RELATED VIDEO: LBSU women's soccer vs. Sacramento State Watching a team win doesn't always reveal its identity and fortitude. Both the Long Beach State women's soccer and volleyball teams displayed a sense of pride and toughness this past weekend. Head coaches Mauricio Ingrassia and Brian Gimmillaro may not have received the ultimate reward — victories — but the results could have been ugly. Ingrassia's women's soccer team played Sacramento State to a scoreless, double-overtime draw at George Allen Field on Sunday, but very easily could have lost its composure and the match. "Frustrating for sure," Ingrassia said. "I thought we lost our heads for about seven or eight minutes, and then I thought we regained our composure." The battle featured 30 combined fouls, three yellow card warnings — including two on The Beach — and a red card ejection. Jazz Strozier and Lindsay Bullock steamrolled any Hornets who dared to step in their path. Chantel Hubbard and Bo Rael joined the role of enforcers, and were in the middle of most confrontations in the second half. Rael was handed one of the yellow cards, while Hubbard picked up a pair — automatically signaling a red card — to warrant the

By | 2010-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Sep 7, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Volleyball, Sports, Women's Soccer|

Tensions run high in scoreless draw

Box score The 24th-ranked Long Beach State women's soccer team played to a scoreless, double-overtime draw against the Sacramento State Hornets on Sunday in a highly controversial and physical matchup at George Allen Field. Already short-handed, the 49ers (4-1-1) had a potential game-winning goal waived off in the 84th minute as referees assessed an offside penalty inside the 6-yard box on sophomore striker Nadia Link. "I have a feeling I'm going to be sending that in for review," 49ers head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "I don't think she was [offside] for a second." Officials ejected senior defender Chantel Hubbard in the 71st minute after she picked up a red card for an alleged hair-pulling incident that occurred while battling for position with Hornets midfielder Megan Burg. Hubbard also picked up a yellow card earlier in the contest. For the remaining 40 minutes, the 49ers played with a man down, 11-on-10. Senior defender Bo Rael immediately approached officials after the incident, seeking an explanation for the call. "As a captain, I have every right to go and talk to the ref and see what the call was," Rael said. "I mean that's not the type of player she is." Both teams

By | 2010-09-05T00:00:00+00:00 Sep 5, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

No. 24 49ers notch come-from-behind victory

Box score A second-half surge led the No. 24 Long Beach State women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Utah State on Friday afternoon at George Allen Field. In the 76th minute, LBSU senior midfielder Karina Camacho gave a beautiful lead pass to sophomore forward Jenny Soza, who scored with a finesse tap to put the ball out of reach and over the head of Utah State goalkeeper Molli Merrill. "Jenny has always been fit, but she's starting to get more confident," 49ers head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "When [Jenny] starts getting confident, look out." The 49ers (4-1-0) struggled in the first half, allowing the Aggies (2-1-1) to score in the first 4 minutes, 6 seconds of the game, but returned from the half in attack mode. LBSU out-shot Utah State, 9-2, in the second half. "We gave up a goal in the first four minutes which was very disheartening," said Ingrassia, who was happy with his team's response to the adversity. "We challenged them as a coaching staff and let them know that's not acceptable." The LBSU victory is the fourth straight after losing the season opener to BYU. Two of the four wins have come against teams

By | 2010-09-03T00:00:00+00:00 Sep 3, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

‘Niners look to keep the ball rolling at home

The Long Beach State women's soccer team looks to continue its winning streak this Friday at George Allen Field. The 49ers are set to hit the field against the Utah State Aggies at 5 p.m. The 49ers face the Aggies with a 3-1-0 overall record in the standings. The three wins propelled LBSU into the top 25 of the Soccer America poll. It's the first time LBSU has entered the national rankings since 2008. "It's going to be a tough game, good opponent," Head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "Another game we have to solve." LBSU has an average of one goal per game and is 16-for-34 in shots on goal attempts. Sophomore Nadia Link put four goals into the net in the last three games, but she doesn't take all the credit for her performance during that span. "It's a team effort. We have a fun mentality, which is helping us be as strong as we can," said Link, who was named Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Led by Heather Cairns, the winningest coach in the school's history, the Aggies are 2-0-1 this season with a two goals per game average. Twenty-two of Utah State's 50 shot

By | 2010-09-01T00:00:00+00:00 Sep 1, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

Award-filled week continues for Link

The honors keep rolling in for the Long Beach State women's soccer team. Sophomore forward Nadia Link, who already picked up a Big West Conference Player of the Week honor on Monday, was recognized by two more organizations on Tuesday. CollegeSoccer360.com named the Rowland Heights native its primetime player of the week, an award handed out to the week's top player in Division I women's soccer. The award is part of a larger pool of 16 players named to the website's primetime performers of the week list. Link scored four goals in the 49ers' three wins this season, which all came on the road between Aug. 23-29. The website has a list of criteria that it uses when determining the primetime player of the week, which takes aspects such as "clutch performances" and opponent's ranking into consideration when making its decision. TopDrawerSoccer.com also recognized Link on Tuesday when she was named to its team of the week. Link is the only Big West player to make the 11-player squad. 49ers goalkeeper Emily Kingsborough was selected as the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The Beach will host Utah State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before taking on

By | 2010-08-31T00:00:00+00:00 Aug 31, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

Women’s soccer breaks into national poll

Long Beach State women's soccer snuck into the top 25 on Monday, coming in at No. 24 in Soccer America's national poll after winning three straight matches last week. While unranked, The Beach (3-1-0) knocked off No. 24 Washington State and No. 16 Virginia Tech in back-to-back games over an impressive weekend. The 49ers also defeated Fresno State last Monday. "It was a fantastic performance by the team," head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. "They overcame obstacles on the road in challenging weather. They just need to carry it on through the rest of the season." The team earned its first national ranking since late 2008, a season which ended in a loss in the NCAA Tournament. "Its great to be recognized," Ingrassia said. "I think this group, more than any other, understands that they need to live in the moment and control the next training session. Just get better everyday." Big West honors Sophomore forward Nadia Link was named Big West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, and leads the Big West in both shots (10), points (8) and goals (4) in the young season. Link scored four goals on nine shots in three games to

By | 2010-08-30T00:00:00+00:00 Aug 30, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

Women’s soccer hangs on against No. 16 VA Tech

For the second consecutive match, the Long Beach State women's soccer team took down a top-25 program in College Station, Texas. Sophomore forward Nadia Link scored two goals Sunday morning to lead the 49ers to a 2-1 upset over No. 16 Virginia Tech in the Aggieland Invitational Tournament. LBSU (3-1-0) also defeated No. 24 Washington State on Friday. Link, who now has four goals this season, scored the first goal in the 33rd minute after a free kick outside the penalty box from Karina Camacho, who was credited with the assist. Shawna Gordon assisted on Link's second goal, which came off a cross from inside the six-yard box at the 59:31 mark. To put Link's early hot start into perspective, last season's leading scorer Gordon had five goals all season. Hokies midfielder Jennifer Harvey scored her team's lone goal in the 71st minute. The ‘Niners held on despite being outshot, 15-8. LBSU goalkeeper Emily Kingsborough made four saves. The Beach will return home Friday to face Utah State at George Allen Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Disclaimer: The Daily 49er is not responsible for Postings made on www.daily49er.com. Persons commenting are solely responsible for Postings made on this

By | 2010-08-29T00:00:00+00:00 Aug 29, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|

Strozier gives LBSU win No. 2

At this rate, the 49ers might not want to ever come home. The Long Beach State women's soccer team picked up its second consecutive road victory on Friday against No. 24 Washington State in College Station, Texas. Junior Jazz Strozier helped The Beach (2-1-0) earn the 2-1 victory with a goal from the left side of the six-yard box at the 83:44 mark. Nadia Link, who scored the game-winning goal on Monday, added her second goal of the season at the 21:30 mark from straight away. The sophomore finished the match with three shots. WSU tied the game in the second half when Brandi Vega connected on one of her three shots. Goalkeeper Emily Kingsborough tallied five saves and just one goal against in 90 minutes of action for LBSU. The Beach finished with just nine shots to the Cougars' 11. LBSU also picked up 13 fouls. Lindsay Bullock finished with a team-high four shots, with two attempts on goal. The ‘Niners will play No. 16 Virginia Tech on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in their final game at the Aggieland Invitational Tournament. Disclaimer: The Daily 49er is not responsible for Postings made on www.daily49er.com. Persons commenting are solely responsible for

By | 2010-08-27T00:00:00+00:00 Aug 27, 2010 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Soccer|
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