VIDEO: The Long Beach State women’s soccer team’s classic 2011 trip to the Elite Eight

In this installment of’s Classics video series, we look back at the 2011 Long Beach State women’s soccer team advancing to the Elite Eight.

LBSU had its most successful season in history just five years after coach Mauricio Ingrassia took over a subpar program.

Players like future LBSU Hall Of Famer Nadia Link set records all season long while winning the Big West Conference and reaching the Elite Eight.

This Sweet 16 highlight is from a soaking wet afternoon at UCLA where the Beach used a lot of hustle from veterans like Nicole Hubbard, a lot of saves from goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves and one magic moment from substitute Ashely Roese to edge rival San Diego 1-0.

LBSU lost to Duke a week later, just missing out on a trip to the Final Four, but this group will go down as one of the most accomplished in school history.

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