ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!
1. Trio Notches Top 25 Wins
- Trailing 2-0 against No. 23 Wichita State in its final Nike Classic match, Cal Poly women’s volleyball came roaring back to down the Shockers 3-2 for its first Top 25 win of the season. Full Story
- UC Irvine men’s soccer got its first signature win under new head coach Yossi Raz pitching a shutout against No. 8 Denver, 1-0, to kick off the Grange and Ashwill Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Full Story
- Emmanuel Usen, Jr. scored both goals as CSUN defeated No. 9 Denver 2-0 Sunday afternoon. The victory marked the second week in a row that the Matadors have defeated a nationally ranked opponent. Full Story
2. Coaching Milestones
- The Long Beach State women’s soccer team came out on fire as the Beach dominated San Diego State in a 3-0 victory which gave head coach Mauricio Ingrassia his 150th career victory. Full Story
- Junior Matt Baringer finished with a goal an assist as part of a three-goal first half, and host UC Davis held off a late charge from visiting Loyola Marymount, giving Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer his 200th Division I coaching victory with a, 3-2, win on Friday evening at the Aggie Soccer Field. Full Story
- UC Irvine corralled another Pac-12 opponent with a 1-0 victory over Oregon to give the program its 19th win all-time against a Pac-12 foe and fourth against the Ducks. The most significant win of the afternoon belong to head coach Scott Juniper who won game No. 114 of his career surpassing Marine Cano for the all-time program mark for UC Irvine women's soccer coaches. Full Story
3. Jose Luiz Barbosa named UC Davis head cross country coach
Jose Luiz Barbosa, a Brazilian native and former Olympic 800-meter distance runner, joined the UC Davis cross country team last week as head coach for the 2017 season. Before becoming a coach following his retirement from World Class competition in 2000, Barbosa unquestionably made a name for himself as a high-level track athlete, participating in four consecutive Olympic Games: 1984 in Los Angeles, USA, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, and in 1996 in Atlanta, USA. Full Story
4. Sacramento State Participates In TEAM IMPACT
The Sacramento State men's soccer team welcomed its newest member of the program, 13-year old Talon Bonanno, who received his jersey (#7) before the Hornets' 2-1 victory over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 10, 2017. Bonanno was named the honorary team captain for the game and took part in the ceremonial kickoff. Bonanno came to Sacramento State from Team IMPACT, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
5. LBSU Men’s Basketball Alum Earns Emmy
Long Beach State former men’s basketball player Travon Free earned his second Emmy last week for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.