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Women's Soccer

Long Beach State Enters National Rankings At No. 24

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Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 3

8/30/2010

Fresh off two wins against nationally ranked foes, Long Beach State made its debut in the national rankings at No. 24 in Soccer America.  The 49ers host Utah State and Sacramento State aiming to improve on a 3-1-0 start.

NOTEWORTHY

KEEP AN EYE ON

Erica Seidman, UC Santa Barbara
Seidman, who scored one career goal in her first three seasons as a Gaucho, already has netted three goals in the early part of the 2010 season.  She was the lone UCSB player to score in a 4-1 loss at San Francisco Sunday.  Seidman ranks second in the Big West in goals.

MORE NOTABLES

Coaches Project UC Santa Barbara To Win 2010 Title
The nine head coaches selected UC Santa Barbara to win the 2010 Big West women’s soccer title in their annual preseason poll released on August 12.  The Gauchos collected four first-place votes and 75 points to earn the nod over defending regular season champion Cal Poly (61 points - 2 first-place votes) and UC Irvine (60 points - 2 first-place votes).  Pacific was picked to finish fourth with 59 points and the remaining first-place vote.  Cal State Northridge (45 points), Long Beach State (44), Cal State Fullerton (34), UC Riverside (15) and UC Davis (13) rounded out the poll.  The favorite Gauchos return eight starters and 21 letterwinners from the 2009 squad that finished 9-10-3 overall and in third place in Big West action at 5-2-1.

Long Beach State Takes Huge Step
After a disappointing 5-11-3 finish in 2009, Long Beach State head coach Mauricio Ingrassia had to regroup and position his troops to experience much of the same success that occurred from 2005-08.  The 49ers went 53-22-8 (.687) during that four-year span and captured three straight Big West regular season championships, including an outright title in 2008.  Through four games of the 2010 campaign, it appears the 49ers have righted the ship.  LBSU took on a pair of top 25 opponents last weekend at the Aggieland Invitational Tournament in College Station, Tex., defeating No. 21 Washington State and No. 16 Texas A&M by identical 2-1 scores.  The wins lifted the 49er record to 3-1-0 and gives the team momentum heading into this weekend’s home games against Utah State and Sacramento State.

Pollsters Take Notice Of 49ers
Soccer America released its most recent poll on Monday afternoon and Long Beach State was listed No. 24 in the rankings.  It marked the first time the 49ers were ranked in the top 25 in a poll since appearing at No. 25 in the NSCAA rankings on Nov. 4, 2008.  LBSU also is ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA West Regional rankings behind just Portland, San Diego and Santa Clara.

Mmmm, Offense
The “M” clan from Cal State Fullerton wreaked some serious havoc on an unsuspecting bench of Eastern Washington Eagles Sunday in a 4-0 rout.  Nikki McCants, Christina Murillo, Geminesse Martinez and Lauren Mellano all scored goals to give the Titans their biggest offensive output since defeating UC Irvine, 4-0, on Oct. 29, 2006.  The four goals almost accounted for a third of the team’s total scoring from 2009 as the Titans scored just 13 goals.

Bad Taste Erased
Cal Poly boarded a plane to Hawai’i still smarting from a 7-0 season-opening loss to UCLA on Aug. 22, looking to reduce the memory to a blip on the radar screen.  What better place to do that than the land of paradise as the Mustangs won consecutive games against host Hawai’i and Long Island by 2-1 scores in the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament.  Senior forward Whitney Sisler came off the bench against Long Island to score both Mustang goals, a performance which earned her MVP tournament honors.

Townley Vaults Up Matador Career Lists
Cal State Northridge exploded for four second half goals to turn a scoreless tie into a 4-0 blowout victory against Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.  One of the four scorers was senior forward Farryn Townley, who recorded her 16th career goal to move to fourth all-time in Matador history.  She also increased her career points total to 35, good for sixth in the CSUN record book.
   
Simon, McDonald Vying For Big West Top 10
Two Gauchos are sitting on the doorstep of entering the Big West career top 10 in assists.  Seniors Jacqui Simon and Kylie McDonald have accumulated 17 and 16 assists, respectively.  Simon is one assist and McDonald two assists shy of the top 10.  The latest player to join that list was none other than former Gaucho teammate Genelle Ives, who recorded her 18th career assist last year to move into a tie for ninth.  Simon leapfrogged McDonald after notching an assist in each of UCSB’s two games last week against Saint Joseph’s and San Francisco.

Pacific Continues Dominance Of Rival
Pacific remained unbeaten in its last 13 matches against northern California nemesis Sacramento State, defeating the Hornets 1-0 Sunday on Laura Hogan’s goal in the 49th minute.  The Tigers are now 10-0-3 against the Hornets in their last 13 meetings and have not lost since 1994.

Turn The Tide
UC Riverside dropped a 1-0 decision to Seattle on Friday to start out the season 0-2-0 after a second consecutive one-goal defeat.  Dating back to the 2009 season, the Highlanders have lost eight consecutive games by one goal.  The last time UCR won a game by that margin occurred on Sept. 20, 2009 - 1-0 against Utah Valley.

Two Ranked Teams On Tap This Week

The Big West’s challenging non-conference schedule continues this week with two more games against top 25 opponents.  Cal State Northridge travels to No. 15 UCLA and No. 18 UNC Greensboro visits Cal State Fullerton in the Under Armour Tournament to highlight a full slate of games across the conference.  In addition, tough regional matchups are also beckoning as UC Davis and Pacific both participate in the University of Oregon Nike Tournament, facing the host Ducks and Oregon State.

Eaters Continue To Battle State Of Washington
UC Irvine is coming off a 2-1 loss at home to Seattle on Sunday, looking for better outcomes this week against two more opponents from the state of Washington.  The Anteaters visit both Gonzaga and Eastern Washington.

Goal Watch
The Big West’s top two active career goal scoring leaders - UC Santa Barbara’s Kailyn Kugler (22 goals) and Long Beach State’s Lindsay Bullock (19 goals) - have been held without a goal so far this season.

The Madness Begins In Anaheim
The 2011 Big West Basketball Tournament is moving to Honda Center.  Action at Honda Center begins on March 10 with the men’s quarterfinal games, and continues with the men's and women's semifinal and championship games on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12.  

To purchase tickets, visit and the basketball tournament championship page to download a ticket application.   All-session tickets are available now at $64, which includes first round women’s games on campus sites.  There are also limited premium seating tickets available (first four rows along the court) for $144.

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