UC Irvine Moves Up To No. 3 In NSCAA West Region
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Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 5
After a victory over then No. 17 San Diego on Sunday, UC Irvine learned it is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA West Region poll. The Anteaters take their 4-1-2 record on the road to Fresno State and San Francisco this week.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Makenna Henry, UC Santa Barbara
Henry, the reigning Big West Women’s Soccer Defender of the Week, is excelling in her first season in a Gaucho uniform. The freshman leads the Big West with a 0.79 goals against average and has notched two shutouts in her six starts. Henry’s first half save on a penalty kick attempt helped preserve a scoreless tie at the time, and eventually helped UCSB forge a 1-1 draw at No. 13 UCLA Sunday. The tie ended UCLA’s 65-match home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
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.
Sizzling Sisler Continues Goal Scoring Trend
Cal Poly’s Whitney Sisler notched her fifth and sixth goals of the season in a 3-2 overtime loss at Utah State Sunday. The six goals tops the Big West. Sisler has accounted for 60 percent of the team’s scoring. The senior, who ranks No. 22 nationally in goals per game (0.857), totalled three goals combined in her first three seasons with the program. Sisler’s production has helped offset the slow starts by Cal Poly’s top two scorers from 2009 - Morgan Miller and Tiffany Gummow. Miller and Gummow collected five goals apiece, but have been held without a goal seven games into the 2010 campaign.
UC Irvine Vaults To No. 3 In NSCAA West Region
A strong start to the season has enabled UC Irvine to be recognized as one of the top programs in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com West Regional rankings. The Anteaters are up to No. 3 on that list after going 1-0-1 last week, with the victory coming against then-No. 17 San Diego. UCI owns a 4-1-2 record entering this weekend’s road contests against Fresno State and San Francisco.
Townley Moves Into Top 10 In Game-Winning Goals
In addition to being one of the most potent goal scorers in the Big West, senior Farryn Townley of Cal State Northridge is also one of the most clutch. Townley converted her third goal of the season, a game-winner, to give the Matadors a 1-0 double overtime win against Kansas on Friday. The goal was also her ninth career game-winning strike, which moved her into a tie for 10th in the Big West career record book. In fact, half of Townley’s 18 career goals have been the deciding goal during her career.
Aggies Mount Outstanding Comeback
UC Davis rallied to forge a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory at Fresno State Sunday. The Aggies fell behind early, trailing 2-0 in the first half. However, they responded with goals from Allison Kelly and Annacy Wilson to knot the score. In overtime, Samantha Faber scored three minutes into the extra period to provide the golden goal. UC Davis managed the victory despite being outshot 23-11.
The Big West is 24-28-6 in non-conference games so far this season. Eighteen of the 58 total games played were against opponents that were ranked or are still currently ranked. This week’s schedule includes two games against top 25 opposition as Pacific travels to No. 18 California and Cal State Northridge visits No. 6 Texas A&M. Long Beach State and UC Davis are competing in the same tournament hosted by UNLV, the UNLV Rebel Classic, and face the host Rebels and Akron in reverse order. Additional matchups against teams from the Big 12 Conference include Cal State Fullerton journeying to Nebraska and UC Santa Barbara hosting Oklahoma. The Big West is having its most success against fellow western region conferences, including the Western Athletic (7-2-0) and Big Sky (4-1-1). The Big West is 1-1 against the Big 12 so far this season.
Kugler Ends Goal Drought
It took seven games, but the first goal of the season for UC Santa Barbara senior Kailyn Kugler was a vital one. The 2009 Big West Offensive Player of the Year put the Gauchos up 1-0 on No. 13 UCLA with a goal in the 23rd minute of Sunday’s eventual 1-1 double-overtime tie. For Kugler, who is the Big West’s active career leader with 23 goals and 58 points, it is hoped she finds her offensive rhythm from this point forward.
Highlanders Mired In Goal Drought
The net must look as small as a basketball hoop right now for the UC Riverside women’s soccer team. The Highlanders were shutout for the fourth and fifth time and fell to 1-5-0 on the season after an unsuccessful trip to the Bay Area last weekend. UCR dropped 1-0 and 3-0 games to San Francisco and San Jose State, respectively. The lone goal of the 2010 campaign came on Sept. 3 in a 1-0 win at Texas State. The tough offensive start has overshadowed an impressive effort by junior goalkeeper Jessica White, who has allowed just seven goals in 540 minutes for a 1.17 goals against average.
Tigers Looking For Big Victory
Pacific takes on its fourth top 25 opponent in the last five matches when it travels to No. 17 California on Sunday. The Tigers have lost to No. 22 Oregon State (2-0), No. 9 Santa Clara (2-1) and No. 2 Stanford (4-0) in recent outings. Pacific was tied with Santa Clara, 1-1, for much of the second half before yielding a goal to the Broncos in the 77th minute. The California contest finishes off a stretch of seven of eight on the road to start the season.
Three Titans Named To All-Tournament Team
Three Cal State Fullerton players were selected to the Trojan Invitational All-Tournament Team as juniors Casey Volk and Jordan-Michelle Santos joined freshman Nikki McCants on the list. The Titans lost 3-2 to Northern Arizona and 2-0 to No. 21 Auburn. CSF, which has scored nine goals on the season, is close to surpassing its entire goal total (13) from 2009.
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