Long Beach State looks to regain power in the Big West

A friendly exhibition between the Long Beach State women’s soccer team and UC Irvine Saturday manifested into an emotional battle that set the tone for the upcoming season. Long Beach came out in its new black and white “grit” uniforms with the new BE/\CH logo plastered on the front. The 49ers couldn’t capitalize on their new found grit however, as the Anteaters took the exhibition 1-0. “I think we played well, we had few mistakes that we can easily fix,” said senior forward Ashley Gonzales who played her first game returning from last year’s season-ending injury. Gonzales had a relatively quiet night, failing her only attempt to score a goal however, she was active on both ends of the field. “I was a little nervous at first, but once the whistle blew I knew it was just game time so it felt good,” Gonzales said. Just two days before the exhibition, Irvine and Long Beach ranked first and second in the Big West preseason coaches poll, respectively. “The biggest improvement is that Ashley [Gonzales] is going to start,” head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “There is a lot of athleticism this year with the addition of many new freshmen.” After back-to-back

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