No. 6 Long Beach edges No. 11 UC Irvine for fourth straight win

The chattering crowd slowly fell silent as redshirt junior attacker Austin Stewart prepared to take a penalty shot in the third quarter of a tie game. His shot into the right side of the net brought a roar from the bleachers and a 7-6 lead to No. 6 Long Beach (11-11, 3-2 GCC). The 49ers went  on to a 8-7 win against No. 11 UC Irvine. The win Friday came on senior night at the Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center. “We have seven different seniors and this group is pretty special,” head coach Gavin Arroyo said. The 49ers took an early 2-1 lead on a goal by defender Austin Stevenson, but UCI scored on its next possession each time Long Beach took the lead in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, freshman utility Garrett Zaan scored from the attacking left side to tie the game and extend his goal scoring streak to 11 games. “I feel like my teammates have been giving me the ball a lot more and letting me do what I need to do to help this team win,” Zaan said. Both teams played a physical game, but the Anteaters looked especially intent to knock the

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LBSU women’s volleyball comes home winless

The Long Beach State’s women’s volleyball closed the third week of Big West Conference play with losses to UC Irvine and UC Davis. The 49ers (5-14, 2-4 Big West) tried to stage comebacks in both matches, but fell in four sets to each team. “A lot of things weren't working for us which was the problem, we didn't have answers when our passing broke down and only were able to set outsides.” senior setter Alexis Patterson said. “Blocking is a problem, and then there's a breakdown in hitting, we just need to find a way to get all skills firing on all cylinders. During the Black and Blue Rivalry game, LBSU could not lock down on defense, enabling UC Irvine (15-2, 3-1 Big West) to take massive leads, while digging holes it could not get out of. The 49ers did not find a rhythm until the third set, in which they had a hitting percentage of .356, while holding the Anteaters to a .225 hitting percentage. Things fell apart again in the fourth set, where the 49ers only hit .182. The team showed spurts of fire in the final set, going on a 11-3 run to tie it at 22,

LBSU women’s soccer earns draw in UC Irvine

Despite registering 16 shots throughout the match, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team was not able to break the deadlock against UC Irvine and came out with a 0-0 double overtime draw. With the tie, the 49ers (7-3-2, 1-0-1 Big West) remain undefeated in Big West Conference play following their 3-0 victory against Hawai’i on Sunday. As a result, both the 49ers and the Anteaters (7-3-4, 2-0-1 Big West) extend their unbeaten streaks to four games each, with identical records of three wins and a tie during the stretch. During the match, LBSU’s defense played an important role to keep the game scoreless, particularly sophomore goalkeeper Mia Hummel, who saved five shots. Sophomore forward Katie Pingel and senior midfielder Jessica Vincent were both busy on offense for LBSU, tallying up four total shots a piece. For UCI, the offense was persistent throughout the entirety of the match, with a staggering 18 total shots, led by freshman forward Sydney Carr’s seven. Going into the extra period, the 49ers were undefeated in two overtimes this  season, recording a 3-2 victory against UConn and a 2-2 draw versus Cal State Northridge, both in double overtime. Both teams had opportunities to come out

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 forward Tori Bolden scores two goals in Big West home opener

The Long Beach State women’s soccer team opened its Big West Conference play in strong fashion Sunday, beating Hawai’i 2-0. Senior forward Tori Bolden scored twice to lift the 49ers to victory at George Allen Field. LBSU (6-3-1) was looking to carry the momentum from its positive preseason into the game against Hawai’i (5-4-0). “Our goal is always to score two goals in a game and keep the other team from scoring,” LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “We’re looking to knock the other team out.” In the early minutes of the match, however, it was the Rainbow Wahine who set the offensive tempo of the game and match and looked to convert on their opportunities. During this stretch, the Rainbow Wahine found their best chance to score in the game when a foul was committed inside the 49ers’ box, awarding them a penalty. However, LBSU breathed a sigh a relief as Hawai’i's midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto shot the ball high-right and missed the penalty shot. The game remained scoreless. After the penalty, the 49ers’ offense were able to take control of the game and looked poised to score. LBSU was the clear protagonist in the latter moments opening half and

No. 6 men’s water polo can’t overcome the ‘higher ranked’

Coincidentally, the No. 6 Long Beach State men’s water polo team (9-5) came in 6th place at the MPSF Invitational this past weekend in Los Angeles. The 49ers have four opponents they can’t seem to muster a win by; Cal, USC, Stanford and Pacific. While all four of those teams are ranked in the top five while LBSU sits at No. 6, one would think the 49ers could find a way to win one of the five games they’ve dropped this season. The 49ers opened tournament play on Friday against No. 12 Princeton, downing the Tigers by a score of 11-8. Junior goalie Thomas Freeman had 12 saves and prevented a big comeback as Princeton scored six out of eight goals in the second half. Moving on to Saturday, the 49ers were faced with two games against No. 3 Stanford and No. 10 UC Irvine. LBSU started off the game against Stanford on a high note, leading 2-1 after the first quarter. The 49ers could not get past the Stanford defense until the fourth quarter, scoring three goals and eventually losing 9-6. Junior attacker Chandler Kaltenbach led the LBSU offense with 3 goals. In the third game of the weekend,

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