Big West Prepares For Final Non-Conference Action
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 6
Stalemate Versus Ranked Cal: Cal Poly hosted No. 13 California and held the Bears scoreless through two overtime periods. Sunday marled the Mustangs’ third match with a top 25 club and moved to 0-2-1 versus those opponents. CP also picked up a 4-1 win over Dayton earlier last weekend in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Final Non-Conference Swing: The Mustangs host Brigham Young Thursday before traveling south to face the Pepperdine waves. The Mustangs look to pick up their first win against a West Coast Conference opponent this season as they are 0-0-2 so far against programs in that league.
Giannetti Approaches Record: With 58 saves so far in the seaosn, senior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti’s 343 career stops is 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 67 consecutive starts is six away from setting a new mark.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titan Tough: Cal State Fullerton returns to the pitch this weekend with two games at Titan Stadium after a week -long hiatus. CSF will host Loyola Marymount and San Diego in its final outings before conference play.
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: Coming off of a 3-1 loss to No. 20 Washington Friday, CSUN bounced back to record a come-from-behind 4-3 victory at San Jose State on Sunday.
Don’t Write Them Off: With CSUN’s win at SJSU, the Matadors recorded their first come-from-behind win on the year since defeating league foe, Cal Poly, 2-1 in OT last Oct..
#BWCWords: Coach Keith West on the comeback W - “The team showed a lot of character to comeback from two goals and also from two different deficits. Most teams would wilt after falling behind a second time after tying a match, but we didn’t break today. We were able to score that first goal and we kept coming after that.”
Four Scores: The four goals scored Sunday in the second half of action is the most in a half since Oct. of 2012 against then Big West member, Pacific. CSUN’s 22 scores on the year are the most in league. The Matadors’ collective 18 assists also set a conference-mark in the category while 70 shots top all Big West opponents in 2015.
LONG BEACH STATE
Receiving Votes: After going 1-0-1 last week, Long Beach State continues to receive votes in the week’s NSCAA National Poll. The Beach, who pulled in a No. 23 ranking earlier this season, has been featured in the national rankings in four of the last five seasons.
Top Drawer Soccer Recognizes McKeown: Junior goalkeeper Ashton McKeown was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the week as announced Tuesday. The junior helped LBSU to an unbeaten road trip and has not allowed a goal in 310 minutes of action.
Tackling The Top 25: LBSU recorded its second victory over a top 25 team in a 1-0 win at No. 20 DePaul. The Beach previous beat No. 4 UCLA to open the 2015 campaign at George Allen Field.
Saturday Night Lights: The 49ers will host No. 5 Brigham Young at home Saturday in the last weekend before the Big West kicks off conference play. BYU is the third ranked opponent that appeared on the 49ers’ schedule this season. So far the Beach is 1-0-1 versus ranked teams.
Weekend Warriors: UC Davis picked up a key win over San Diego State Sunday after putting up a fight with No. 6 Stanford earlier in the week. The Aggies held the Cardinal scoreless through regulation before Stanford found the back of the net in the 94th minute.
#BWCWords: Coach Twila Kaufman on Davis’ win over SDSU - “This is a huge win, but I think the way we played at Stanford two days ago helped us today. We played a great match, on their field; the program took a step up that night and that became a new starting point for this team.”
Up Next: The Aggies will host Saint Mary’s in its final non-conference showdown, Saturday. The Aggies and Gaels have not met since 2009 when the Gaels recorded a 2-1 overtime win at Aggie Soccer Stadium.
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.
Weekend Split in Florida: UC Irvine capped off its eight-match road swing with a weekend split after falling 2-0 at Florida International and earning a 1-0 shutout win at Florida Atlantic thanks to a goal from Kiana Palacios in the 84th minute.
Youth Make Presence Known: Of Irvine’s 33 on the roster, 23 of those student-athletes are less than two years into their careers with the ’Eaters. Seven freshman have appeared in at least seven matches while five sophomores have appeared in all 10 games.
Home On The Range: With the longest road-trip in 2015, conversely, the ’Eaters have the fewest game at home.
Anteater Stadium: The ’Eaters will return home for one of its six home contests of the 2015 season this weekend as it hosts Santa Clara. The seven games played at Anteater Stadium (including two exhibition games to kick off the year) tie the 2007 stretch for fewest games at home under Coach Juniper.
Highlanders Drop Contest To Wildcats: UC Riverside fell to Arizona in a 2-1 final at home Friday to make it three contests since the Highlanders last finished on top. Although while Riverside was unable to walk away with the W, they found the back of the net for the first time since playing at Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 6 when Riverside recorded a 3-0 shutout victory.
So Close: Four of UCR’s five losses have been by just a single score. The only team to win by a margin greater than one goal was No. 17 USC who recorded a 2-0 win in Riverside.
Fired On Frame: The Highlanders own the best shots on goal percentage in the Big West while boasting a .530 mark in the category.
Offensive Numbers: Junior midfielder, Blanca Barrio has posted a conference-best four assists, tied for the most with Dakota Griggs of UC Santa Barbara. Alexa Bustamante and Tyler Cunningham lead UCR with 8 points a piece. Both Highlanders have three goals on the year.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Dayton Snaps Gaucho Unbeaten Streak: UC Santa Barbara kicked off the weekend with a 1-0 shutout victory over Montana to stretch its win-streak to five matches. UCSB then fell to Dayton in a 2-1 finish Sunday.
Win-Streaking: The five-game unbeaten streak equals the team’s longest since 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. UCSB is the fourth program to mount at least a five-game win streak after CSUN, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton.
Corner Game: The Gauchos have forced a league-high 73 corner kicks, nine games into the 2015 season. UCSB finished its most recent campaign in 2014 with 104 corners on the year with 34 coming in Big West play.
Up Next: The Gauchos will head to Cal State Bakersfield to face the Roadrunners, Wednesday before returning home to host Pacific.
Hawai‘i Looks To Get Back On Track: Hawai‘i traveled to the mainland last weekend and dropped its pair of games in a 3-1 loss at UNLV and a 3-2 defeat at Nevada. The Rainbow Wahine are back on the island and will host BYU-Hawai‘i in its final non-conference matchup. The Rainbow Wahine own a narrow 1-0 all-time record with the Seasiders.
Key Components Return: UH was without forward Kama Pascua last weekend in addition to goalkeeper Monk Berger. Hawai‘i felt the two absences and look ahead to bringing back the key components. Pascua has a goal and an assist on the year for three points while Berger has logged 664:26 minutes between the posts and owns a 2-4-1 record so far this season. Berger has been in net for the Rainbow Wahine for their two victories. The junior has 27 saves to her name in 2025 and boasts a 1.76 goals against average.
Island Excursion: While UH returns to its home pitch in the final week of non-conference play, the Rainbow Warriors look to continue its recent success at home. UH has won its last two matches in Waipo Peninsula Soccer Stadium.