After defeating the top team in the Big West, Long Beach State has two more games left to bump UC Irvine out of the number one spot. Thursday’s 4 p.m. road matchup at UC Davis and Sunday’s 2 p.m. home game against Northridge can help Long Beach (9-5-2, 4-1-1 Big West) get the points they need to become conference champions. The 49ers hold second place and trail one point behind UC Irvine. “I think our team is in a very good spot,” head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “We are taking one game at a time … they are all championship games.” The 49ers have shown consistency throughout conference play, outshooting their opponents in passionate attempts to put the ball in the back of the net. Senior forward Ashley Gonzales leads the team with 5 goals scored, with only one occurring during conference. Although she has only found the net once during Big West play, the goal secured a win the team needed to have a chance to take the first place title. Another key player in the 49ers conference play is senior defender Sarah Maher, who contributed a goal in the 3-2 win against Hawaii and scored the winning goal
Sports has the ability to completely change your day. The smell of the field, the crisp air of a rink or the crunch of the cleats on the ground. Whatever your sport is you know the feeling when you watch your team play and everything else melts away. The fixation on fantasy sports is threatening that experience. I despise fantasy sports. I know I’m the odd man out, but fantasy kills the spirit of sports which brings people together to play. In contrast, fantasy sports creates an environment in which individual statistics are glorified and outshines team play. It may be a fun and different way to get people involved in sports, but it kills my major sports fan soul. I began watching hockey with my uncle before I could crawl. Being a hockey fan was something I was born into and it quickly became a fascination of mine. I have crazy team loyalty and my love for the Ducks is deeper than just being a fan. You know that movie “Fever Pitch” where Jimmy Fallon is all obsessed with the Red Sox? That’s basically me with the Ducks. I have a different jersey for every day of the week,
Long Beach State hosted the Mizuno Invitational this weekend at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers dropped their first match against No. 16 UCLA, but followed it up with two wins against Lamar University and Fresno State. Long Beach ended its preseason on a high note and begin conference play at 7 p.m. Tuesday against UC Riverside.