Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara Locked In For Postseason
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 11
Weekend Split: Last weekend Cal Poly hosted a “Break The Record” night versus UC Irvine Friday and claimed a 2-0 shutout win in front of more than 2,000 fans. Sunday, the story was a little different for the Mustangs as UC Riverside clinched a 2-0 shutout win over CP to bring the Mustangs to a 2-5-0 mark in league.
Game-Winner: Senior Elise Krieghoff scored the game-winner in Friday’s contest to bring her career total to 14 scores, the fourth-best total in Big West history.
Final Matchup: The Mustangs will close out their 2015 campaign with Cal State Fullerton Sunday. Before Sunday’s action, Cal Poly will honor the nine graduating seniors at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
In The Books: Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti continues to climb in the Big West record book for career stops (375) while senior forward Elise Krieghoff owns the all-time best mark in shots (331). Krieghoff is also second-best in career goals (52) and points (112).
CAL STATE FULLERTON
We’ll See You At Home: With another unbeaten weekend under Cal State Fullerton’s belt, the Titans secured a spot in the Big West Tournament in two weeks. Fullerton managed a 1-0 shutout win over CSUN Sunday in the hunt of the Big West regular season title. Should CSF take the title, the Titans will have claimed back-to-back crowns.
Goal-Total: With 36 goals, CSF has netted the most scores since the 2005 squad put away 50.
Stuart-Total: Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart has 11 Ws on the season, the most for a Fullerton keeper since Karen Bardsley had 12 wins in 2006.
Wilson-Total: Senior forward Rebecca Wilson netted the game winner over CSUN last weekend for a 16-score season total which ranks seventh-best in Big West history. Her 16 goals are fifth-most in the nation and her nine game-winners this season are the best in the country. With a 1.00 goals per game average, the senior tied for third-best across all DI participants.
Quick Turn-Around: CSUN suffered its first losses in league last week when the Matadors hosted Long Beach State and travelled to Cal State Fullerton. Both Ls were 1-0 shutouts. Despite falling twice last week, CSUN remains in the hunt for a Tournament spot and looks to its games versus UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara in the next few days to secure the fourth spot in the Tourney.
Getting To The Tournament: CSUN needs a win against UCR to clinch a spot in the Tournament or a tie to stay alive in the postseason race. A loss would eliminate the Matadors from tournament contention.
Hot Start: With 10 wins in 2015, CSUN is in the midst of its first 10-win season since 2012 and coach West’s fifth double-digit win campaign at the helm since taking over the reigns in 2006.
Sanchez Owns The Record: Earlier this season, sophomore Cynthia Sanchez netter her 10th goal on the year to set a new single season record for the program. The sophomore currently has 11 scores on the year.
LONG BEACH STATE
Weekend Sweep: Long Beach State picked up two key wins in an unbeaten weekend with a 1-0 shutout W over CSUN and a 3-2 thriller versus Hawai‘i at George Allen Field. The back-to-back victories helped the Beach secure a spot in the postseason Tournament.
Senior Night: LBSU will celebrate its senior night at its regulas-season finale on Thursday to honor their five seniors. The Beach will host UC Davis that evening.
Goalkeeper Leads: While junior goalkeeper Ashton McKeown hasn’t played between the posts for the 49ers since Oct. 16, McKeown still leads the Big West with a .60 goals against average. LBSU’s team .686 GAA ranks 32nd in the nation while McKeown’s ranks 22nd.
Tournament: While LBSU has already claimed a spot in the postseason tournament, the 49ers still chase the conference crown. The 49ers look for their first regular season title since 2011. They have made the tournament three of the last five years.
In The Hunt: UC Davis skated to a 4-0 victory over Hawai‘i on senior day last week to improve to 2-3-1 in league and 9-6-2 overall. The Aggies have two games remaining in the regular season and look to claim the final spot in the Big West Tournament.
#BWCWords: Head Coach Twila Kaufman on last week’s win - “In this program, we talk a lot about playing for something bigger than yourself. We have so many freshmen and underclassmen who are learning and growing; they wanted to send the seniors out with a win and play a strong game for them.”
2015 Squad Sets Win-Streak Mark: 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.
Tournament Talk: With a single spot up for grabs in the postseason tournament, the Aggies look to clinch just their second berth to the Tourney in program history (2011).
Two-Game Skid: UC Irvine fell to Cal Poly on the road in a 2-0 shutout before dropping a 1-0 contest to UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium, Sunday. With two contests remaining in the regular season, the Anteaters will travel to Hawai‘i Thursday and will return to Irvine Sunday to host UC Davis on senior day.
Standings: UCI owns six points in league for seventh place in the standings.
Tobin Towers: Irvine goalkeeper, Corey Tobin, has 70 stops on the year, the second-most in the Big West. The senior has almost trippled her season save totals from the previous three years (freshman - 19, sophomore - 24, junior - 4). With 1562:55 minutes in goal, the senior has played the fourth-most minutes between the posts in the conference.
Three Scores: Three Anteaters have scored two goals this season in Tatyana Garrett, Alex Karlowitsch and Kiana Palacios. Eight total ’Eaters have found the back of the net at least once this season for a team total 11 goals scored in 2015.
Split Again: UC Riverside split its games for the second week in a row after dropping a close 3-2 battle to UC Santa Barbara and a 2-0 shutout win over Cal Poly. The 1-1 record last weekend was enough to keep the Highlanders in the race for the Big West postseason.
Big Matchup: With just a final game remaining in the regular season, Riverside’s postseason hangs on its match versus CSUN at home, Thursday.
Measuring Up: The Highlanders will take on the Matadors Thursday as they look to claim the final remaining spot in the Tournament. Riverside has the advantage in goals against average as UCR boasts a 0.98 GAA to CSUN’s 1.14 GAA. Though CSUN has scored 29 goals to UCR’s 27 over the course of the season. The Highlanders also best the Matadors in shot percentage (UCR - .123, CSUN - .116) but CSUN owns a 13.9 shots per game average to UCR’s 12.2 SHPG.
Tournament: UCR looks to make the Tournament for the first time since 2013 after narrowly missing the Tourney in 2014.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Locked In: UC Santa Barbara has now won three consecutive games after picking up two win last weekend. The Gauchos defeated UC Riverside 3-2 in double overtime Friday and UC Irvine in a 1-0 shutout W Sunday.
Hromatko Comes Up Clutch: Freshman Mallory Hromatko broke a scoreless tie versus Irvine Sunday in the 87th minute to not only help the Gauchos claim the win but also a spot in the Big West postseason tounament. The freshman received Player of the Week honors for her efforts as she upped her season goal-total to nine to pace the Gauchos. Her nine scores are third best in league just behind Rebecca Wilson of CSF (16) and Cynthia Sanchez of CSUN (11).
Talking The Tournament: UCSB has won seven of the last eight matches heading into its final regular season showing Sunday at CSUN. UCSB is 3-3-3 overall in Big West Tournament history and is 3-1-1 in the semis and 0-2-2 in the finals. Both matches that ended in ties (2008, 2009) resulted in Santa Barbara advancing on penalty kicks. 2009 was the last year in which the Gauchos appeared in the Tournament title game.
Closing Out The Season: After a 4-0 loss to UC Davis and a 3-2 loss to Long Beach State, Hawai‘i will play its final match of the season on Thursday with UC Irvine. Hawai‘i will honor its seniors that evening on senior night.
Senior Night: UH will recognize Lidia Battaglia, Tiana Fujimoto, Amanda Bates and Erica Young this weekend. Battaglia and Fujimoto both have two scores on the year. Battaglia has four points heading into the final matchup while Fujimoto has five.
Leading The Pack: Sophomore Dani Crawford leads the Rainbow Wahine with three goals and six points. Midfielder Storm Kenui paces the ’Bows with three assists.
Final Hurrah: UH will entertain the Anteaters looking to improve upon its all-time record versus UCI at 1-4-1. Although, the ’Bws claimed the most recent meeting between the two teams in a 1-0 victory on the road. Hawai‘i has its sights set on its first conference victory in 2015 as the ’Eaters come into town.