UC Santa Barbara Takes Five-Game Unbeaten Streak Into Week Five
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 5
One And Done: With a 2-1 win over San Jose State last weekend, Cal Poly has now won three of its last four contests, its only losses coming in games versus top 5 opponents in No. 2 Virginia and No. 2 Stanford. The Mustangs continue their four-game homestand in week five of action and host Dayton and No. 13 California next.
Krieghoff Comes In Clutch: On an asist from Big West Offensive Player of the Week Emily Hansen, senior Elise Krieghoff netted her first goal on the year for the game winner in Sunday’s match. Krieghoff is now 9 scores away from tying the Big West’s all-time career goals mark and now tied for fourth-best with 101 career points.
Giannetti Also In The Hunt: With 47 saves so far in the seaosn, senior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti’s 332 career stops tie for fourth-best in league history. The goalie is 56 saves away from tying the Big West best. The senior is also close to breaking the CP record for starts. Her 65 consecutive starts is eight away from setting a new mark.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titan Tough: While Cal State Fullerton jumped out to its best start in program history at 6-0-0, the Titans suffered their first loss of the season in a 2-1 defeat versus Washington State. CSF will take the week off before returning home to host Loyola Marymount and San Diego.
Unfamiliar Defeat: The dropped contest to Washington State marks the first loss for Fullerton since Nov. 14, 2014 to Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sunday marked the first regular season loss for the Titans since Sept. 28, 2014 at San Diego. Sunday was the first time the Titans trailed in 769 minutes of play.
Bertsch Steps Up: Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch appeared in seven matches and made five starts in her inaugural campaign and has three starts under her belt in 2015. The sophomore boasts a 1.01 goals against average in 355:06 minutes of play while recording a shutout for a 2-1-1 overall record. Junior Jennifer Stuart last appeared on Sept. 4 in the Titans’ 4-3 win over FGCU. Stuart is 4-0-0 on the year.
Weekend Split: After mounting its longest winning-streak since 2005 with five consecutive Ws, the Matadors dropped a contest to N. 20 Washington before defeating Portland in a 1-0 shutout victory. CSUN continues its five-game roadtrip with stops at Santa Clara and San Jose State scheduled next.
#BWCWords: While Portland owned a 16-4 shot advantage Sunday, the Matadors managed a 1-0 win. Coach West on team’s 1-0 victory - “Anytime you can withstand so many shots and still come away with the victory, it makes you stronger,” added West. “Today we bent but we didn’t break.”
Matadors Get Goals: CSUN has recorded a total of 17 goals in eight contests for the second-best score-total in the Big West, just second to Cal State Fullerton’s 19.
Tafoya Records Shutout: Senior goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya started her fourth-straight contest in goal for the Matadors and recorded her 7th career shutout against the Pilots and 11th career W. Her seven shutouts place her in fifth all-time in program history.
LONG BEACH STATE
Beach Tested By SoCal Opponents: After going 0-1-1 last weekend, Long Beach State dropped out of the top 25, but was stil receiving votes in this weekn’s NSCAA National Poll. LBSU who pulled in a No. 23 rank earlier this season, has been featured in the national rankings in four of the last five seasons. The Beach was also third in the NSCAA West Region rankings.
Defense Tried And True: LBSU currently leads the Big West with a 0.34 goals against average, a mark that is ninth-best in the country. Junior goalkeeper Ashton McKeown boasts a 0.36 GAA in 750:36 minutes of play, allowing just three goals against. The junior has contributed to four shutouts and owns a 4-2-2 record. With 24 saves in 2015, McKeown registers a .889 saves percentage.
So Long California: Long Beach embarks on its only out-of-state roadtrip of 2015 and heads to Cincinnati and No. 20 DePaul. The 49ers own a 1-0 edge over Cincinnati in the two team’s only head-to-head contest and will meet DePaul for the first time in program history.
Overtime Overtures: UC Davis’ two matches both went into overtime last weekend resuling in a 2-1 OT loss to Nevada and a 0-0 overtime draw against Pacific. Last weekend marked the first time in 2015 the Aggies played passed the regulation 90 minutes. Last season UCD played seven overtime games.
Sharp Shooters: The Agies controlled posession for the majority of Sunday’s contest, boasting a 25-9 shot advantage over the Tigers. Davis also placed twice as many shots on frame as Pacific with a 10-5 margin of shots on goal.
Up Next: Davis continues its local road swing Thursday with a visit to Palo Alto to face No. 6 Stanford. This will be the first ranked opponent faces in 2015 for the Aggies.
2015 Squad Sets Program Record: Earlier this season the Aggies won five consecutive contests to set a new program record. Five back-to-back Ws is the longest streak of clean sheets recorded by any UC Davis women’s soccer team since its transition to Division I play in 2007.
Tested In Washington: UC Irvine returns from its trip to the Nike Portland Invitational where it suffered a 3-1 loss to Portland and a 2-0 loss to No. 20 Washington. The ’Eaters continue its cross-country road swing as it heads out to Florida for matches versus Florida Atlantic and Florida International. Irvine set the mark for the longest road trip of any Big West program in 2015.
Versus Ranked Opponents: Sunday’s contest versus No. 20 Washington marked Irvine’s second ranked opponent of the season after having faced No. 4 Texas A&M earlier this season. The Anteaters will face four 2014 NCAA College Cup participants in 2015, including league foe, Cal State Fullerton in addition to Auburn, Washington and Texas.
Home On The Range: With the longest road-trip in 2015, conversely, the ’Eaters have the fewest game at home.
Spread Success: While Tatyana Garrett leads the ’Eaters with two scores on the year, four additional Anteaters have found the back of the net in 2015: Lili Andino, Alex Karlowitsch, Jenny Konishi and Nayeli Requejo.
Close Calls: UC Riverside will return home this weekend for a Pac-12 square-off with Arizona at UC Riverside Soccer Stadium. The Highlanders dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions this weekend falling at No. 16 Cal and Loyola Marymount.
Sharp Shooters: Riverside boasts a .523 shots on goal percentage which currently leads the league. Their 12 scores this season rankes third-best in the Big West.
Barrio Is Lesgue-Best: Junior midfielder, Blanca Barrio has posted a conference-best four assists, tied for the most with Dakota Griggs of UC Santa Barbara. The junior’s four points are third-best for the Highlanders behind Alexa Bustamante (8) and Cunningham (7).
No Goals Allowed Here: Goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas and the Highlanders have lowered their goals against average to 0.99 and for the first time since 2009, have recorded three shutouts in a row. The most goals allowed in a single contest this year is two while Riverside has only allowed a total of eight goals all season, the fourth-lowest in the Big West.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Unbeaten Through Five: UC Santa Barbara has extended its unbeaten streak to five contests, including four wins in succession, after a 2-1 overtime win at Duquesne and a 3-2 victory at St. Francis. UCSB is the only Big West team to go 2-0 in week four.
Win-Streaking: The four-game win-streak and five-game unbeaten streak equals the team’s longest since mid-Sept. of 2014. The last time UCSB had a longer winning streak was in September of 2013 when it won five games in a row and the last time it had a longer unbeaten stretch was in 2006 when it went 5-0-2 over a seven-game stretch.
Points For Days: Freshman Mallory Hromatko has notched points in five straight contests including three goals and three assists in five matches. Hromatko most recently recorded the game-winner in overtime at Duquesne, the first game-winner of her career.
Gauchos Return Home: The Gauchos return to Santa Barbara for a two-game homestand where they will host Montana and Dayton.
Rainbow Wahine Record W At CSU Bakersfield: Hawai‘i took its lone match last weekend in a 2-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield on the island. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 2-4-1 on the year thanks to goals from Kelsie Gleason on a header and Dani Crawford on an assist from Tiana Fujimoto.
Important Road Swing: Hawai‘i will head to the mainland hot on the heels of their W over the roadrunners in search of its first road win as it playes its final non-conference road matches on the 2015 season. UH will face two Mountain Wests opponents as it travels to Nevada for matches at UNLV and at Nevada. The Rainbow Wahine own a narrow 2-1 advantage over the the rebels while the wolf pack has earned an 8-7 record versus UH.
Offensive Standouts: Six different Rainbow Wahine have out goals on the board and have accounted for UH’s six scores on the year including Kama Pascua, Tiana Fujimoto, Dani Crawford, Sonest Furtado, Kellsie Gleason and Paige Okazki. Fujimoto and Pascua lead the Rainbow Wahine with three points apiece.