LBSU women’s soccer travels to UC Irvine for Big West Conference match

Fresh off winning the Big West Conference home opener against Hawai’i, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team will hit the road to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Anteater Stadium. Leading up to the game, head coach Mauricio Ingrassia noted the positive progression his team has shown throughout the season. “Our team is feeling good,” Ingrassia said. “They’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout the preseason, and now they’re putting them to use on the field.” The 49ers (7-3-1) and the Anteaters (7-3-3) met twice last season, resulting in a 0-0 double-overtime draw at George Allen Field. In the second meeting, LBSU won in a commanding 3-0 victory in the Big West Conference title game. This time around, both teams are bringing a three-game winning streak to Thursday night’s match, and positive starts in their respective Big West Conference campaigns. The 49ers won the aforementioned Big West Conference home opener against Hawai’i, 3-0, while the Anteaters have won two conference matches in a row — a 2-1 double overtime victory against Cal Poly and a 4-1 win against UC Santa Barbara. UCI has many offensive options at its disposal that can swing the momentum in favor

Long Beach State women’s volleyball heads to UC Irvine in rivalry match

The Long Beach State women’s volleyball team hits the road to take on UC Irvine on Thursday, and will follow up with another away game against UC Davis on Saturday at 7 p.m. LBSU (5-12, 2-2 Big West) is tied with UC Irvine (13-2, 1-1 Big West) for fourth in the Big West, and looks for its first conference win outside the Walter Pyramid. Last year, both matches against the Anteaters ended in controversy, but resulted in a five set loss for the 49ers. In the first meeting, LBSU originally won in five sets, but the NCAA ruled that the game be replayed due to a mistake made by the officiating crew that favored  the 49ers. On Oct. 28, the Black and Blue rivalry matchup ended when former head coach Brian Gimmillaro received a red card that carried a one point penalty against Long Beach State, which gave UC Irvine match point and the win. LBSU protested and the match was declared a no contest. Senior middle blocker Ashley Murray continues to stay sidelined with injury and has no timetable return, but freshman middle blocker Radi Marinova will return next week. In the wake of these injuries, redshirt freshman and

LBSU loses heartbreaker to UC Irvine

A last second game-winning layup by UC Irvine’s Jaron Martin sealed the Long Beach State men’s basketball team’s first home loss of the season in the Walter Pyramid Saturday night, 56-55. A ferocious crowd wasn't enough to carry the 49ers (13-12, 7-2) past the Anteaters (14-9, 7-2) as sophomore guard Martin took advantage of LBSU’s disorganized defense. “[Martin] made a hell of a shot,” Irvine head coach Russell Turner said. With 10 seconds left, senior guard McKay LaSalle hit a three-pointer to give the 49ers a 55-54 lead. After an Irvine timeout, Martin caught the ball at midcourt, drove all the way to the rim and scored the game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds remaining. “We were soft on the last play,” head coach Dan Monson said. “We didn’t look organized. We seemed confused over who we had [on the court]. They made the play and deserved to win.” The 49ers got off to a dismal start in the first half, which reminded fans of their start against Hawaii on Jan. 31. Irvine came out more focused and prepared, and showed off its impressive frontcourt depth. “[Irvine] came in here missing two of their best players,” head coach Dan Monson said.