Long Beach State Faces Two Ranked Opponents In Busy Week
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Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 2
The women's soccer schedule is highlighted by a three match swing for Long Beach State, including a trip to the Aggieland Invitational where No. 18 Washington State and No. 15 Virginia Tech await in College Station, Tex.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Courtney Goodson, UC Irvine
A transfer from the University of Texas, Goodson made her UC Irvine debut in the final minute of Friday’s season-opening 2-1 win against Idaho. The junior made her first impact for the Anteaters when she started and played the entire match at No. 14 California Sunday. With UCI trailing 2-1 and just over a minute remaining in regulation, Goodson knotted the match when her free kick bent around the Golden Bear wall and into the net, sending the match into overtime. The Anteaters claimed the 2-2 tie. Goodson was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team at Texas in 2008 and recorded two goals and two assists as a sophomore in 2009.
Coaches Project UC Santa Barbara To Win 2010 Title
The nine head coaches selected UC Santa Barbara to win the 2010 Big West women’s soccer title in their annual preseason poll released on August 12. The Gauchos collected four first-place votes and 75 points to earn the nod over defending regular season champion Cal Poly (61 points - 2 first-place votes) and UC Irvine (60 points - 2 first-place votes). Pacific was picked to finish fourth with 59 points and the remaining first-place vote. Cal State Northridge (45 points), Long Beach State (44), Cal State Fullerton (34), UC Riverside (15) and UC Davis (13) rounded out the poll. The favorite Gauchos return eight starters and 21 letterwinners from the 2009 squad that finished 9-10-3 overall and in third place in Big West action at 5-2-1.
Crozier Aims For Another Championship
In 2009, head coach Alex Crozier guided Cal Poly to a record sixth Big West regular season championship as the Mustangs finished 7-1-0 in league play. All six titles - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2009 - have been won outright. Crozier also has three (1996, 2003, 2004) Big West Tournament titles to his credit. Entering his 19th season at Cal Poly, Crozier is the Big West career leader in overall victories (162), conference victories (73) and conference winning percentage (.719).
MOST BIG WEST REGULAR SEASON TITLES
Cal Poly 6
Cal State Fullerton 5
Long Beach State 3
UC Santa Barbara 2
Cal State Northridge unveiled newly installed lights at Matador Stadium on Sunday in front of a record crowd of 1,496. The Matadors entertained No. 3 Portland, battling the Pilots but eventually falling 2-1. Senior Sonia Espitia scored on an unassisted goal in the 58th minute to cut the Pilot lead in half, but the Matadors could not equalize despite several good chances later in the match, including Farryn Townley’s header off the crossbar in the 89th minute as she got free from a scrum.
Light was also the theme of Friday’s season opener for Cal State Fullerton at Cal State Bakersfield’s Main Soccer Field. Unfortunately, the two teams never finished the match as a power failure knocked out the lights just over 12 minutes to play in the first half. The game was scoreless when the outage occurred. No make-up date has been scheduled yet. The Titans hope to play a full 90 minutes when they host No. 14 BYU on Monday.
Kelly Makes First Goal A Memorable One
Sophomore Allison Kelly scored her first career goal in a UC Davis uniform, and it stood up as the game-winner in a 1-0 victory at Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State Friday. Kelly redirected a pass from teammate Lisa Kemp five yards out from the goal to put the Aggies on the board in the fifth minute. It was a reversal of fortune for the Aggies, which went 0-5 in 1-0 games in 2009.
Three Tigers Earn All-Tournament Honors
Pacific placed three players on the all-tournament team after going 1-1 at the OHANA Hotels and Resorts Tournament hosted by Hawaii last weekend. Senior Kylee Ah Choy joined juniors Angelica Figueroa and Alex Topp on the 11-player contingent. The trio helped the defeat the host Rainbow Wahine 1-0, followed by a tough 1-0 loss to Wagner. Ah Choy was part of a solid Tiger defense that helped forge the shutout victory and limit the Seahawks to just two shots in the loss. Figueroa collected an assist on Laura Hernandez’s goal in the win over Hawaii, allowing the Tigers to win their season opener for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
White Puts Up Record Book Performance
Junior Jessica White did her best to keep UC Riverside in the game, making 11 saves in Friday’s 1-0 loss in the season opener to UNLV. The 11 saves were the fourth-highest single-game total in Highlander history.
Long Beach State Continues Rough Stretch
Long Beach State opens the season with a nationally ranked opponent in three of its first four matches. Of the three contests on tap for the 49ers this week, two take place against top 25 foes at the Aggieland Invitational in College Station, Tex. The 49ers begin the week at Fresno State on Monday, then face No. 18 Washington State and No. 15 Virginia Tech in the loaded tourney field hosted by Texas A&M. LBSU fell 2-0 to No. 22 BYU in the home and season opener Friday.
Mustangs To Journey To The Islands
The second Big West team in as many weeks to visit the islands of Hawaii is Cal Poly, which participates in the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi this weekend. The Mustangs battle the host Rainbow Wahine and Long Island and look to erase the sour taste of Sunday’s season-opening 7-0 loss at No. 3 UCLA.
McDonald Two Assists Away From Big West Top 10
After posting eight assists in 2008 and seven more in 2009, UC Santa Barbara senior Kylie McDonald tallied her first assist on the season, the game-winner, in the Gauchos’ 2-0 victory against Cal State Northridge Friday. It was also the 16th career assist for McDonald, who now sits just two assists shy of moving into the Big West top 10. She needs just four more assists to become only the seventh player in Big West history with at least 20 in a career.
The Madness Begins In Anaheim
The 2011 Big West Basketball Tournament is moving to Honda Center. All-session tickets are available now at $64, which includes first round women’s games on campus sites. There are also limited premium seating tickets available (first four rows along the court) for $144. To purchase tickets, visit and visit the basketball tournament championship page to download a ticket application. The tournament begins March 8 with women’s quarterfinal games and then continues on March 10 with the men’s quarterfinal games. Semifinals and championship games will be played on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12.
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