CP Honors Nine: Cal Poly closed out its 2015 campaign with Cal State Fullerton Sunday where the Mustangs honored its nine seniors prior to the Titans taking the game in a 2-1 decision. Altogether, the nine seniors combined to close out their collegiate careers with a 20-11-2 record in Big West action. The senior class also helped the Mustangs to a conference crown in 2013.
Senior Salute: The nine seniors saw 124 goals and 19 shutouts in four years. In those four years the Mustangs broke 10 program records and three Big West records. The seniors combined for 404 games and 27,795 minutes and played in front of five of the biggest crowds in program history.
In The Books: Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti continues to climb in the Big West record book for career stops (380) while senior forward Elise Krieghoff owns the all-time best mark in shots (339). Krieghoff is also second-best in career goals (52) and points (112). Krieghoff’s 52 goals and Giannetti’s 7,030 minutes and 380 saves all rank in the top seven in the NCAA career categories.
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Back-To-Back: Cal State Fullerton earned its second consecutive Big West regular season title after closing out its regular season campaign with a 2-1 win at Cal Poly, Sunday. The Titans earned 18 points in league and were named tri-champions along with Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara who also earned 18 points.
Tournament Talk: CSF enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed after posting a 14-3-1 overall mark and a 6-2 record in league. The Titans will take on No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos dealt the Titans their most recent loss coming on Oct. 29, though Fullerton recorded Ws in six of its last seven contests.
Titan Totals: Headed into the postseason, CSF leads the league in points (117), goals (38) and assists (41). Wilson paces the Big West with 41 points, 18 goals, 10 game-winners and 75 shots. Teammate Christina Burkenroad leads the league with 10 assists. The Titans look to earn an NCAA Tournament berth for the third year in a row.
Senior Celebration: CSUN battled to an exhillerating 3-2 overtime victory Sunday on senior day to end its 2015 campaign with a win. The Matadors honored five before the final home match.
Sunday Result: With the win over UC Santa Barbara, the Matadors snapped a three-game losing streak in OT dating back to 2014.
#BWCWords: Head coach Keith West on season - “You can go back to all the tough teams we’ve played and all the tough environments we’ve played in, we’ve never given up. That’s one thing I have to give this team so much credit for. They’ve had a never say die attitude all year.”
Season Success: With 11 wins in 2015, CSUN recorded its most wins in a single campaign since the 2012 season.
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 closed out the year with 11 on the year.
Crown The Beach: Long Beach State recorded a 2-0 shutout win over UC Davis in its final outing of the regular season to finish the year with 18 points, enough to earn the Big West regular season title for the first time since 2008. LBSU shares the title with Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.
Tournament Talk: LBSU faced the Titans in the title game of the tournament a year ago and looks to avenge that 2-1 loss. The Beach dealt CSF its first conference loss in over a year earlier this season and will play #4 seed UC Riverside in the semifinal round Thursday evening.
Stepping Up: Freshman goalkeeper Imani McDonald has recorded 303:59 minutes between the posts while owning a 0.89 goals-against average. The freshman has started three matches for the 49ers and has recorded a total of 17 saves for an .850 save percentage.
NCAA Recap: The 49ers last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and fell to Santa Clara 2-1 in the first round. The year before that in 2011, the Beach advanced to the Elite 8, eventually falling to Duke 2-0.
Victory At The Finish Line: UC Davis sent off its six seniors with a 2-1 win at UC Irvine to cap off its season that saw a 10-7-2 overall record and a 3-4-1 mark in league. The Aggies upped its win total from a season ago, improving on a 5-11-3 overall mark and a 2-4-2 record in league.
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.
#BWCWords: Head Coach Twila Kaufman on Aggie mentality - “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.”
Promising Between The Posts: Freshman goalkeeper Alexis Smith led the Big West with 10 shutouts in 19 starts. Her 757:30 minutes in conference paced the Big West.
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.
#BWCWords: Clarissa Robles on Senior Day: “I wish that we had a different outcome, but being out there with the girls for a last time, I’m never going to forget it. Playing out here for the last time and being with these group of girls and representing UCI is something I’m never going to forget.”
Tobin Towers: Irvine goalkeeper, Corey Tobin, finished her senior campaign with 77 stops, the second-most in the Big West. The senior has almost trippled her season save totals from the previous three years and completed her four years with 124 saves in her career.
Round Up: Irvine recorded seven shutouts in 2015, the fourth-most in league while its three in conference ranked fifth-best.
Tournament Time: With a 1-0 shutout win versus CSUN Thursday, UC Riverside claimed the fourth and final spot in the Big West Tournament and will face #1 seed Long Beach State Thursday evening.
Postseason: For the second time in three years, UCR will appear in the Big West Tournament after most recently playing Cal State Fullerton in the title game in 2013. That year the Highlanders earned the #3 seed and upended UC Irvine in the semis in a 2-1 overtime thriller.
Seson Recap: Riverside’s 11 wins are the second most in program history behind the 2004 squad that posted 13. UCR’s five wins in league tie the mark set by the 2003 team.
Versus Tournament Opponents: While UCR first faces Long Beach State, the Highlanders recorded a 2-1 win in their meeting in the regular season on Oct. 16 at LBSU. On the other side of the semis, UCR dropped a close 1-0 decision to Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 18 at home and lost a heartbreaker to UC Santa Barbara on the road in a 3-2 overtime decision.
Gauchos Claim Title: UC Santa Barbara earned an impressive 18 points in league to tie reigning champion, Cal State Fullerton, and Long Beach State. With 18 points the Gauchos clinched a share of the regular season title, earning just its third all-time and first since 2006.
Tournament Trivia: #2 seed UCSB will make its first Big West Tournament appearance since 2009 when it takes on #3 seed Cal State Fullerton. Though it’s been a few years, the last two times the Gauchos appeared in the Tournament they advanced to the big dance in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 UCSB advanced on penalty kicks versus Long Beach State and did the same to Cal Poly a year later.
Hromatko Handles Business: Freshman Mallory Hromatko paces the Gauchos with nine goals, six assists and 24 points. All three totals are also third-best in the Big West, respectively. Not only did Hromatko lead all freshman in the Big West but is the highest scoring first year since Gaucho Jennifer Borcich in 2001.
Senior Send Off: Hawai‘i recognized Lidia Battaglia, Tiana Fujimoto, Amanda Bates and Erica Young before their final contest on the year, Thursday. The Rainbow Wahine dropped a 2-0 decision to UC Irvine at home and moved to 3-14-1 overall and finished out the conference portion of their schedule at 0-8-0.
Leading The Pack: Sophomore Dani Crawford led the Rainbow Wahine with three goals and six points while midfielder Storm Kenui paced the ’Bows with three assists. Over the course of the season, 12 ’Bows scored at least a single goal while four found the back of the net two or more times.
Berger Leads The Backline: Goalkeeper, Mong Berher, capped off her junior campaign with 46 saves and 29 goals against in 13 starts for a 2.29 goals-against average. Berger played 1140:56 minutes in goal while Erica Young logged 422:55 minutes between the posts. All three Ws belonged to Berger.