LBSU Soccer Adds Eight for 2016-17

March 31, 2016

Long Beach State women's soccer head coach Mauricio Ingrassia has announced the addition of Taylor Bistline, Nayeli Cruz, Kaitlin Fregulia, Chloe Froment, Malin Lindholm, Megan McComas, Mackenzie Magaoay and Kailee Prescott for the 2016-17 season.

The group will join an LBSU program that is coming off its fourth Big West regular-season title and fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in eight years.

"This class adds to the depth and quality of our squad," Ingrassia said. "We are bringing in some outstanding young people with the potential to succeed immediately within our style of play. The class has some international flavor as well for the first time in our history. We are excited to integrate the ladies to our culture and way of doing things and I'm looking forward to working with them to continue to add to the proud tradition of our program."

Taylor Bistline, Forward, Fr., Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacifica HS)
Bistline is a four-year varsity letterwinner at Pacifica High School. She led the Mariners to four-straight CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff appearances, including a run to the quarterfinals in 2015. Bistline is a three-time first-team All-Empire League selection and garnered All-CIF honors as a senior. She is also a member of Beach Futbol Club, helping her squad claim the California Regional League and National League Red Division U17 titles last year. In 2014, Bistline and her Beach FC teammates were the U.S. Youth Soccer National champions, Far West Regional champions and National Cup champions.

"Taylor is a homegrown product, a player who plays up front and is comfortable with her back to goal," Ingrassia said. "She is a fierce competitor and an opportunistic goal scorer, part of a club team that played in two National Championship matches. Her work ethic will serve her well as she fights for playing time in our deep and talented front line."

Nayeli Cruz, Midfielder/Forward, Fr., Oakland, Calif. (Lighthouse Community Charter HS)
Cruz played two years of soccer and three years of basketball at Lighthouse Community Charter High School. She helped the Lobos' girls' soccer team to a league title and garnered MVP honors in 2013. Cruz also received all-league recognition as a freshman and sophomore. In addition, she was a three-time all-league selection in basketball. Cruz has played three seasons with Lamorinda Soccer 97, helping her squad to a first-place regional finish.

"Nayeli is one of two players from Lamorinda, a club in Northern California that also produced former 49er and NSCAA All-West Region player Val Margerum," Ingrassia said. "She is a very technical positional play forward with great off the ball movement and a great feel for the game in the offensive third. She combines well with others, is a great leader, and has proven to be able to score and assist with ease at the club level. She is coming off an injury but her mentality will have her back in the mix by fall."

Kaitlin Fregulia, Forward/Defender, Fr., Torrance, Calif. (West Torrance HS)
Fregulia led West Torrance High School back to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals after claiming the title last year. She was a two-time All-Pioneer League and Daily Breeze All-Area selection, while she also garnered All-CIF recognition and was tabbed her league's offensive MVP as a junior. Fregulia plays club soccer for Beach FC and helped her squad to a national title in 2014. They were also the Region IV champions in 2012 and 2014. In addition, Fregulia is a four-year member of the Olympic Development Program (2012-15).

"Kaitlin could be our most athletic player this coming fall," Ingrassia said. "She was the leading scorer in the USYSA National League in 2015, but can also be a top notch lock down defender. She comes in, along with teammate Taylor Bistline, as part of a National Championship club team. We are looking forward to bringing Kaitlyn to the Beach, as she will have an immediate impact on our team."

Chloe Froment, Defender, Fr., Lyon, France (Lycee Frderique Fays)
Froment is one of LBSU's two international recruits as she comes to the Beach from Lyon, France. Froment was a member of the French Youth National Team where she helped her squad win the U16 Nordic Cup in Finland. She was also a member of the U17 Youth National Team that took second at the European Championships. Froment played on the Olympique Lyonnais club team, winning the French U19 championship in 2014.

"Chloe is an outstanding young talent from world renowned Olympique de Lyon," Ingrassia said. "She played every minute of a European Championship match for France against Germany, and that type of experience is invaluable for a young player. She can play in the back row or in the midfield. Her vision, her feel for the game, and her technical ability have truly shown during this past semester of residency requirement. She will immediately impact the soccer IQ of our team from wherever she plays. She is available to us this spring so she will be well adjusted come fall."

Malin Lindholm, Defender/Midfielder, Fr., Lerberget, Skane, Sweden (Kullagymnasiet)
Lindholm competed at Kullagymnasiet in Hoganas, Sweden. She was also a member of the U15, U16 and U17 National Teams. Lindholm helped her squad win the Swedish championship for Girls -- 97. Her brother, Hampus Lindholm, is a professional hockey player in the NHL for the Anaheim Ducks.

"Malin has all the tools to be a great central defensive player for our program, either in midfield or in the back," Ingrassia said. "She is a good passer of the ball and reads the game very well. She comes with youth national team experience from her native Sweden. She is outstanding in the air, and if she adjusts well, could compete for playing time right away."

Mackenzie Magaoay, Forward, Fr., Vacaville, Calif. (Will C. Wood HS)
Magaoay is a four-year letterwinner at Will C. Wood High School. She earned All-Monticello Empire League honors three times and led the league in scoring every season. Magaoay finished with 13 goals as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore and 29 as a junior. She plays club for Davis Legacy and was the NPL leading scorer twice.

"Mackenzie is what people call a luxury player - the type of player that pulls all the strings in midfield to link up to the front row," Ingrassia said. "She impacts the game consistently on the score sheet, either assisting, scoring, or setting up the play. She is two-footed and good with her head in both areas. She comes highly recommended by former 49er assistant coach Sara Yudin, not only as a talented player but as a player of great character and strong work ethic. I'm excited to see how Mackenzie adapts to the college environment."

Megan McComas, Midfielder, Fr., Torrance, Calif. (West Torrance HS)
McComas, along with teammate Kaitlin Fregulia, led West Torrance High School to four-straight Pioneer League titles and the 2015 CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship. She finished with 10 goals and nine assists as a junior. As a senior, McComas was named to the Daily Breeze All-Area Second Team. McComas is also a member of Beach Futbol Club.

"Megan will be one of the most technical players in our program," Ingrassia said. "Her best attribute is that she hardly ever loses the ball in possession. She is a two-sided player who can read the game and distribute very well. She is familiar with our style of play and will be able to contribute as she steps up to the physical demands of the college game."

Kailee Prescott, Forward, Fr., Rancho Mirage, Calif. (La Quinta HS)
Prescott is a senior at La Quinta High School where she led the Blackhawks to four-straight Desert Valley League titles. A three-time all-league selection, Prescott helped her team advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs each year where they reached the semifinals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. As a senior, she earned All-CIF honors after leading her squad in goals and assists. Prescott is a four-year member of Arsenal ECNL.

"Kailee is a special player, one with an endless amount of energy," Ingrassia said. "She is a flank player with great pace and the ability to get behind opponents. Kailee is a leader and will be able to compete for playing time right away at either forward or wing-back. We will not be out-worked with Kailee on the field, and I look forward to integrating her to our style of play."

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