In this part of’s Classics video series, we look back at the 2011 Long Beach state women’s soccer team that rose to Elite Eight.

LBSU’s most successful season was just five years after coach Mauricio Ingrassia took over a sub-par program.

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

This Sweet 16 highlight comes from a soaking wet afternoon at UCLA, where the beach was bustling with veterans like Nicole Hubbard, many saves from goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves and a magical moment from substitute Ashely Roese 1-0 against rivals San Diego used.

LBSU lost to Duke a week later and only missed one trip to the Final Four, but that group is considered to be one of the most successful in school history.