Not only did Long Beach State women’s soccer win its second Big West Conference Tournament in the last three years, the Beach is also returning to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time since 2008. That puts LBSU amongst the best programs in the west region:
“It’s tradition and culture,” LBSU coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “The standard has been set by teams and players in the past, and our players know what’s expected of them.”
Ingrassia turned the LBSU program around 15 years ago after coaching at local junior colleges, and he’s sustained relevance by preaching a definitive style of play from his club Beach FC teams to his college squad.
“Long Beach State is a special place,” Ingrassia said. “It has character, and the people really care. It’s an amazing community and I’ve been fortunate to coach here for 25 years.”
LBSU visits USC for the first round at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.