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 lead the 49ers to a three-win week. Her goals against Fresno State and Virginia Tech were both game winners.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Kingsborough also earned recognition as she was awarded Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Kingsborough finished with a 0.67 goals allowed average for the weekend, allowing just two goals while saving 13.
She recorded a shutout in a 1-0 victory over Fresno State and had a .867 save percentage for the week.