Sunday, November 7 - Championship
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The 2010 Big West Women's Soccer Tournament will again feature the top four teams in the final regular season standings, with the champion earning the Big West's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The semifinals take place on Thursday, November 4 with No. 1 seed UC Irvine hosting No. 4 seed Pacific, while No. 2 Long Beach State entertains No. 3 Cal State Northridge. The highest seeded team advancing from the semifinals hosts the championship game on Sunday, November 7.
UC Santa Barbara has captured the Big West Tournament championship on penalty kicks for two straight seasons. The Gauchos won the penalty kick shootout, 5-4, against Cal Poly in the 2009 championship game after the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtimes. UCSB defeated CP in the semifinals and Long Beach State in the championship to win the 2008 event - both via penalty kicks. It is the third time in the last four tournament games that UCSB has won in PK's.
The Big West initially held a postseason tournament in 1996 and 1997, but did not conduct one from 1998-2002. The tournament eventually returned in 2003 and the 2010 edition will be the 10th overall in the conference's history.
The matchups are set for the 10th edition of the Big West Women’s Soccer Tournament, which begins with semifinal action on Thursday, November 4.
No. 2 seed Long Beach State hosts No. 3 seed Cal State Northridge at 3:00 p.m. Once the sun sets, action continues at 7:00 p.m. when No. 1 UC Irvine welcomes No. 4 Pacific. The championship game will be held at the site of the highest advancing team on Sunday, November 7 at either 12:00 or 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Long Beach State vs. No. 3 Cal State Northridge
Long Beach State won a close 2-1 game against Cal State Northridge in a regular season meeting on October 24 at George Allen Field. All the scoring took place in the first half, culminating in a goal at 31:20 by 49er senior Lindsay Bullock. The 49ers are 8-2-1 in their last 11 matches, but fell 1-0 to UC Davis in their regular season finale on Sunday. Sophomore Nadia Link leads the 49ers with eight goals while Bullock is second on the team with seven. Shawna Gordon is the top assist producer on the club with seven. At 12-5-2 overall, the 49ers have captured double-digit wins in five of the last six seasons.
This is Long Beach State’s fifth Big West Tournament appearance. The 49ers made four straight tournament trips from 2005-08, posting a 1-2-2 record. They have fallen in penalty kicks two occasions, the last time occurring in the 2008 championship against UC Santa Barbara.
Cal State Northridge tied the school record for wins after defeating both Cal State Fullerton and Seattle last week. The Matadors are 12-8-0 overall and have won four of their last five games. Senior Farryn Townley is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals. Freshman Brittanie Sakajian and senior Desiree Cardenas are tied for second with four goals apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo has seven shutouts on the year and sports a 1.03 goals against average. The Matadors are 11-0 this year when scoring the first goal of the match.
CSUN is searching for its first tournament win in its third appearance overall. The Matadors fell by a 4-2 count to UC Santa Barbara in 2004 and the Gauchos struck again last year in a 2-1 decision. The program has recorded double-digit victories in five of the last seven seasons.
UC Irvine is ranked nationally in all three major polls - No. 13 in Soccer America (Nov. 1), No. 12 in NSCAA/HendrickCars.com (Oct. 26) and No. 16 in Soccer Times (Oct. 25). The Anteaters are 16-1-2 overall, winners of 13 straight games and unbeaten in their last 16. The last five UCI victories have been by one goal. The 16 wins is a school record and the third-most in Big West history. Only the 2005 Cal State Fullerton (19) and 2003 Cal Poly (18) squads have recorded more wins in a season.
The Anteaters lead the Big West with 43 goals and rank nationally in scoring offense, tying for 18th with 2.26 goals per game. In addition to the exploits of Tanya Taylor, junior transfer CoCo Goodson has provided seven goals from her defender position, including a league-leading five game-winners. Sophomore Mar Rodriguez and junior Lexi Kopf balance out the high-powered attack with six goals each. Senior goalkeeper Danielle deSeriere is tied fourth all-time in Big West history with 10 shutouts this season. Her 30 career shutouts are No. 2 in the conference record books.
UCI is 3-4 all-time in Big West Tournament history. The Anteaters have lost in the semifinals (2003, 2007, 2009) in their last three appearances. They dropped a 2-0 decision at Cal Poly last season. UCI captured the 1997 tournament title and appeared in the 1996 championship game.
Pacific is playing its best soccer of the season, winning five of its last six games. The Tigers have rediscovered their offense. After scoring only six goals through their first 12 games, the Tigers have netted nine goals in their last six. They lost a heartbreaking 1-0 game to UC Irvine in the league opener for both teams on October 1. UCI scored in the 109th minute of the second overtime to claim victory. Ten different Tigers have scored goals this season, with no one scoring more than three. Junior Kristina Wavomba and senior Kim Hargrave are the leaders with three goals apiece. Senior Jill Medigovich is having a stellar season between the pipes, boasting a 0.78 goals against average.
The Tigers are looking to win their first game in the Big West Tournament. They are 0-4 all-time, losing in the 1996, 1997, 2005 and 2008 semifinals.
Thursday, November 6 - Semifinals
at Long Beach, Calif.
Semifinal #1: (#1) Long Beach State 3, (#4) Pacific 0
at Santa Barbara, Calif.
Semifinal #2: (#2) UC Santa Barbara 1, (#3) Cal Poly 1 (2OT)
UCSB wins on penalty kicks, 5-4
Sunday, November 9 - Championship
at Long Beach, Calif.
(#2) UC Santa Barbara 1, (#1) Long Beach State 1 (2OT)
UCSB wins on penalty kicks, 6-5
Previous Tournament Champions
2010 - Long Beach State
2009 - UC Santa Barbara
2008 - UC Santa Barbara
2007 - Cal State Fullerton
2006 - Cal State Fullerton
2005 - Cal State Fullerton
2004 - Cal Poly
2003 - Cal Poly
1997 - UC Irvine
1996 - Cal Poly