Long Beach State women’s soccer signs 10 incoming recruits
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Long Beach State women’s soccer team is set to welcome 10 new recruits for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
“I’m excited to welcome the 2021 class to The Beach,” said head coach Mauricio Ingrassia. “Our biggest asset is our culture, and each of these young women will be an amazing and positive addition to the locker room.”
In total, the class features two forwards, three midfielders, four defenders, and a goalkeeper.
“We have strengthened all positions and added depth and competition to our environment,” Ingrassia continued. “There is no doubt that this class will help advance the program in every way. I look forward to their immediate and long term impact to our program.”
Long Beach State will be back in action for their fall 2021 season after an unbeaten spring season in their return to the field after the COVID-19 shutdown.
See below for the program’s full recruiting class:
5’10” Defender | Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS)
Carothers comes to The Beach after years of playing in the U.S. Development Academy with Beach FC. She helped her team to the playoffs every year including a league title. Her squad was also a top 10 team in the country for a period of time.
Coach Ingrassia: “Sophia is a smart and athletic defender that can play centrally or out wide. She went under the radar due to some untimely injuries, but when healthy she has the potential to play a big role for us. She will add depth and will be a welcome addition to our team both on and off the field.”
Gabriella “Gabby” Guzman
5’6″ Forward | Anaheim, Calif. (Oxford Academy)
Guzman joins the Beach after a record-setting career at Oxford Academy. The center-forward recorded the most goals for a career with 54, despite only playing two years. Her 36 goals as a freshman is also the most in a single-season. The Anaheim native was the only freshman on the All-CIF list in 2017-18 while also earning All-League honors in both years she played. She was the team offensive player of the year in 2017-18 and the All-League Offensive MVP in 2018-19.
Coach Ingrassia: “Gabby is a physical and hard-working forward that knows how to score goals. She will be ready to play next spring as she is recovering from injury. Gabby is a positive life force, and she will find ways to add to our program from day one.”
5’0″ Midfielder | Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS)
Irvine comes to Long Beach State after four varsity years at Palos Verdes High School. She played in the U.S. Development Academy for the LA Galaxy and Beach FC.
Coach Ingrassia: “Morgan is an industrious midfield player that has a knack for scoring goals and has a big impact in games. She will be ready to play next spring as she is recovering from injury. We are looking for big things out of Morgan, she reminds me of former Big West Player of the Year Dana Fujikuni.”
5’7″ Defender | Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado HS)
Kain joins Long Beach State after a tremendous career as a Hawk. In all four years, she was named First Team All-League helping her team to four league championships. The Placentia native also received an MVP, defensive MVP, and numerous Orange County Honorable Mentions in her El Dorado career. In her club career, she was a four-time national champion, five-time southern section league champion, regional champion, and totaled 13 other league/cup championships as a member of the SoCal Blues.
5’6″ Defender | Santa Cruz, Calif. (Santa Cruz HS)
Cruz joins Long Beach State after three successful years of varsity (senior year cancelled) at Santa Cruz High School. A two-time all-league selection, she led her team in scoring en route to becoming CCS Champions as a junior. She also played with the MVLA Soccer Club and qualified for the ECNL National Championships.
Coach Ingrassia: “Summer comes from a great soccer environment, and has the soccer potential and fitness level to play right away in the front row. She has really grown since we first started watching her, and is going to be impacting the game at our level in no time.”
5’3″ Forward | Long Beach, Calif. (Millikan HS)
Reyes joins the Beach after three years of varsity soccer at Millikan High School, and club soccer with the LAFC Slammers. The local product was a First Team All-League selection and an Offensive Player of the Year. She led her Rams team in scoring as a junior, in assists as a senior, and helped the team to three Moore League Championships.
Coach Ingrassia: “Alyssa is a local product out of Millikan High School, adding to our list of great local athletes to wear the black and gold. The Moore League offensive MVP is creative, quick, and incisive. She brings freshness and flair, and will add depth to our attack.”
5’6″ Defender | Truckee, Calif. (Tahoe Truckee HS)
Sinoff joins the Long Beach State soccer team after playing multiple sports at Tahoe Truckee High School. A track star for the Wolverines, she also played club soccer with the Placer United Soccer Club.
Coach Ingrassia: “Alia is a speedy center-back from Placer United in Northern California. Her speed and one vs one defending ability could get her on the field right away.”
5’10” Goalkeeper | Carson, Calif. (Narbonne HS)
Standifer comes to Long Beach State after only playing one year of varsity soccer in high school. She was the leading goal scorer as a freshman and helped lead her team to a Division II Championship. In the championship game, she saved three penalty kicks including the final shot that gave her Gauchos the title.
Coach Ingrassia: “Zora is a top level goalkeeping prospect. She has great size and reach, and a natural ability to cover the entire goal and make almost any save. Our goalkeeping crew is greatly improved with Zora joining The Beach.”
Isabella “Bella” Ternero
5’6″ Midfielder | Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
Ternero joins Long Beach State after three varsity years at Granite Bay High School. She was an All-League First Team selection twice and named team MVP twice as well. As the leading goal scorer, her Grizzlies team won the division in her junior year. She played club with San Juan ECNL, where she was awarded an All-Conference award and selected by PDP to play in Sweden at the Gothia Cup.
Coach Ingrassia: “Bella is a leader and can play any of the midfield roles. She is a steady presence and a good ball winner. Her versatility and her ability to play both sides of the ball is a welcome addition to our midfield.”
5’3″ Midfielder | San Gabriel, Calif. (La Salle HS)
Ybarra comes to the Beach after two years of varsity at La Salle High School. She was a First Team All-League selection in 2019 helping lead her team to a Division IV Southern Section Championship. She was also a two-time Offensive Player of the Year for the Lancers.
Coach Ingrassia: “Sara is a super technical attacking midfield player that can score and provide final pass with ease. She will fit in perfectly with our team and our style of play. I look forward to seeing her in action.”