Last weekend was a roaring success for Beach Futbol Club, a local soccer development program run by Long Beach State head women’s soccer coach Mauricio Ingrassia. The rapidly growing program, which has teams for both genders covering ages 8-19 plus a profession women’s team, recently won three national championships in Maryland.
"I'm very proud of the coaches and players who have dedicated themselves for this type of surreal day," said Ingrassia, who rebranded the club in 2008. "Beach FC in on the national map and it's a good feeling."
The Ingrassia-coached Girls Under 18 team scored a 2-0 win over a squad from Cleveland in the final, thanks to two goals from Ashley Gonzalez. The roster features former Wilson High standouts Samantha Moreno, Katie Pratt-Thompson and Sami Reinhard.
At the Girls’ U16 level, Beach FC beat Tampa Bay United in penalty kicks to win the national title over the defending champions. This Beach FC team, coached by LBSU associate head coach Jeff Joyner, features Poly High standouts Tavia Leachman and Imani McDonald, who made a handful of stops in the 3-2 PK win.
In the Women’s Premier Soccer League, the Beach FC team that features former LBSU standouts Shawna Gordon, Nadia Link, Lindsay Bullock and Alex Balcer completed an undefeated 16-0 season and capped off a national title run with a 1-0 victory in the final. In the semis, they earned a crazy 4-0 win with all four goals remarkably coming during the first 20 minutes of overtime.
"I've never seen anything like that," said Ingrassia.
Ingrassia will surely be looking to create similar success during a challenging Long Beach State women’s soccer schedule, which begins August 22 against USC in San Diego. The home opener is August 29 against Georgia at George Allen Field.