Men's Soccer Prepares For Week Two Battle
Men's Soccer Release No. 2
Men's Soccer Stats
Cal Poly continues an east coast roadtrip that features stops at Georgetown and No. 6 Maryland, while CSUN faces its first ranked opponent in No. 18 Utah Valley as the Big West men's soccer season hits week two.
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In The Win Column
Four schools have entered the win column after the first week of the 2017 season.
Cal State Fullerton and CSUN won their first games in dramatic fashion with golden goals in overtime. The Titans received a first career goal from Samuel Goni at the 1:06.50 mark for a 1-0 victory at Wofford. The Matadors knocked off Siena, 2-1, thanks to an overtime strike from Emmanuel Usen, Jr.
UC Irvine enjoyed a 5-2 victory at Northern Kentucky, the five goals the most for the program since defeating UC Riverside in October of 2015. The outburst was all the more impressive considering that the rest of the league totaled just seven goals over the 11 other games. The Anteaters also handed first-year head coach Yossi Raz his first career Division I victory.
After a deflating 3-2 loss in its season opener at SMU, which featured a 22-5 discrepancy in fouls, UC Davis recovered nicely to throttle visiting San Francisco, 3-1, at home amidst sweltering conditions on Monday.
A Look At The Schedule
Big West schools have 67 games on the non-conference schedule prior to the conference opener on Sept. 28. Forty-two of the 67 games take place against rival conferences in the West Coast (24), Western Athletic (14) and Pac-12 (4).
The Big West already has played five contests against ranked opponents – Cal Poly against No. 7 Indiana and No. 10 Notre Dame, Cal State Fullerton at No. 5 Clemson, Sacramento State versus No. 19 Pacific and UC Irvine at No. 9 Louisville. CSUN takes on No. 18 Utah Valley on the road this week.
In The Polls
UC Santa Barbara received 11 points in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll, which puts the Gauchos at No. 34 in the nation entering a Friday contest at San Diego. The Gauchos battled to a pair of scoreless draws at home against Saint Mary’s and Siena last week. The back-to-back ties mark the first time since 2008 that UCSB has been held without a goal in two consecutive matches.
Accept That Quest
In addition to UCSB, three other Big West schools head into action this week aiming for their first victory. Sacramento State hosts CSU Bakersfield and travels to San Jose State. Cal Poly continues a four-match roadtrip with stops at Georgetown and No. 6 Maryland. UC Riverside partakes in the Gonzaga Tournament with contests against the host Bulldogs as well as Oregon State.
Junior Simon Boehme earned most valuable goalkeeper honors at last week’s Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame. The Cal Poly netminder stopped 12 shots against the Irish to mark the second-highest single-game total in program history, and the highest total in 21 seasons. The 12 saves also tied for No. 6 in Big West single-game history, and represented just the 12th time in conference annals that a goalie had 12 or more saves in a game.
NCAA Tournament Opponents On Tap
Big West squads are taking on a challenging 2017 men’s soccer non-conference schedule, playing a total of 12 contests versus nine different opponents ranked in the top 25 of the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll.
The non-conference slate looks even more impressive when considering the total number of opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament last year. Big West squads are playing a total of 22 contests against 14 different opponents who participated in the 48-team NCAA Tournament bracket.
Cal Poly has five NCAA Tourney foes on that list, including traditional powerhouses Indiana, Notre Dame and Maryland. UC Santa Barbara plays four of those teams, with heavyweight Akron among the battles. Cal State Fullerton faces a quartet of postseason participants – highly ranked Clemson the most prominent of them. CSUN and UC Irvine have three NCAA foes on their slates, including common opponents in New Mexico and Denver. The Anteaters also have a date with top-10 foe Louisville, while the Matadors are the lone Big West team to take on UCLA this year. All eight Big West squads play at least one opponent that appeared in the NCAA Tournament field last year.
Here is a list of opponents which played in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
San Diego State
CAL STATE FULLERTON
UC SANTA BARBARA
San Diego State