49ers Women’s Soccer Team on a 3-Game Winning Streak

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The 49ers are set to play host to Utah State and Sacramento State this weekend.

The Long Beach State women’s soccer team (3-1-0) is looking to extend its three-game winning streak this weekend as it plays host to Utah State and Sacramento State. The 49ers are set to take on the Aggies at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, before returning to George Allen Field for a 1 p.m. showdown against the Hornets on Sunday (Sept. 5).

Link Earns National Honors
Sophomore Nadia Link was named the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week the website announced Tuesday. Link earned the national honor after playing a key role in the 49ers’ three wins from Aug. 23-29. She delivered the game-winner in the 89th minute of a 1-0 victory at Fresno State and then scored the first goal in an eventual 2-1 triumph over No. 21 Washington State. Link saved her best performance for last, finding the back of the net twice as The Beach knocked off 16th-ranked Virginia Tech, 2-1. Link was also selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s College Team of the Week.

49ers in the Rankings
Long Beach State was ranked 21st in the CollegeSoccer360.com poll and 24th in the Soccer America poll after defeating then No. 21 Washington State and No. 16 Virginia Tech last weekend. LBSU was also receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll and was ranked fourth in the West Region. The 49ers made their way back into the top 25 for the first time since November, 2008.

A Glance at Utah State
Utah State brings a 2-0-1 record into the weekend as it opened the season with wins over Weber State and Utah Valley before battling Idaho State to a scoreless tie on Sunday, Aug. 29. Natalie Norris and Shantel Flanary lead the Aggies with two goals apiece, while Molli Merrill boasts a 0.31 goals against average and an .875 save percentage.

Scouting the Hornets
Sacramento State sits at 1-3-0 as it split a pair of road games last weekend. The Hornets defeated San Jose State, 2-1, before falling to Pacific, 1-0. Laura Bahno, Elece McBride and Leah Larot have all tallied one goal, while Savannah Abercrombie has racked up 13 saves.

The Series
LBSU leads in its series with Utah State, 7-2-0. The 49ers have won the last two meetings, including a 3-0 victory in the most recent outing on Sept. 21, 2008.

The Beach is tied in its all-time series with Sacramento State, 1-1-0. The Hornets took the first game, 2-1, in 1998, before Long Beach State evened the playing field with a 2-1 victory in 2004.

Beach Sweeps Big West Conference
Long Beach State swept the Big West Conference Women’s Soccer weekly honors as Nadia Link was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Emily Kingsborough was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week.

Link scored four goals in the 49ers’ three victories last week. She netted the game-winner in the 89th minute of a 1-0 victory at Fresno State. The Rowland Heights, Calif., native then went on a scoring rampage at the Aggieland Invitational Tournament, compiling three goals against No. 21 Washington State and 16th-ranked Virginia Tech.

Kingsborough, meanwhile, anchored the defense in all three wins, picking up her first shutout of the season at Fresno State. On the week, the Santa Rosa, Calif., native compiled 13 saves, a 0.67 goals against average and an .867 save percentage.

Tough Schedule
Long Beach State began the season with a bang as it faced three nationally ranked teams in its first four games. The 49ers opened the 2010 campaign against No. 14 BYU and took on No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 21 Washington State at the Aggieland Invitational Tournament in College Station, Texas, last week. LBSU is 2-1 against ranked teams.

Up Next
Long Beach State is back on the road next week as it heads north for games at Saint Mary’s (Sept. 10) and No. 21 California (Sept. 12).

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