Cal Poly Hosts Co-Leaders UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge
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Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 8
Cal Poly welcomes a pair of undefeated league clubs in No. 20 UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge to Spanos Stadium this weekend as the women's soccer race heats up.
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Shawna Gordon, Long Beach State
Gordon deposited her third goal of the season in Long Beach State’s 3-1 win versus UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. All three strikes for Gordon this season have resulted in the game-winner, and they have all come in the last five contests. In the last five matches, the junior standout has notched eight points on three goals and two assists. Gordon’s importance cannot be underestimated. The 49ers are 7-0-0 this season when she records at least one point.
UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge Off To 2-0 Starts
The long-awaited start of Big West play happened last week and the early returns favored UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge. Both clubs utilized home field advantage to the fullest in going 2-0. The Anteaters won in dramatic fashion on Friday, ekeing out a 1-0 triumph in double overtime against Pacific. Junior CoCo Goodson scored on a free kick from 28 yards out with just 1:40 remaining. UCI had a much easier time in Sunday’s showdown with UC Davis. The Anteaters breezed to a 6-0 victory as Big West Offensive Player of the Week Tanya Taylor produced two goals and three assists. UCI, which entered the national rankings for the first time in school history last week, rose three spots to No. 20 in the Soccer America poll this week.
Cal State Northridge had an outstanding week with three home wins to its credit. The Matadors began with a 1-0 triumph against San Diego in non-conference action on Monday. Their attention then shifted to league play and northern California foes UC Davis and Pacific. CSUN emerged 2-1 victors against the Aggies on Friday and knocked off the Tigers 1-0 on Sunday. Six of CSUN’s seven wins this season have been by one goal.
Other teams to rack up important points in the Big West included Cal Poly and Long Beach State, which tied each other on Friday. The Mustangs defeated UC Riverside and the 49ers downed preseason Big West favorite UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. The Gauchos collected three points with their win at UC Riverside on Friday.
Cal State Fullerton Midseason Report Online
Cal State Fullerton head coach Demian Brown and midfielders Christina Murillo and Caitlin Mellano provide their assessments on the Titans' season to date in the "Midseason Report." The three also talk about their prospects for the upcoming conference schedule. To view the interview, please click on the following link.
Townley Ties School Record For Goals
Senior Farryn Townley etched her name in the Cal State Northridge record book with her 19th career goal in Friday’s 2-1 win against UC Davis. The goal tied Townley with Erin Broadwell (1998-2001) for most career goals in Matador annals. Townley also rose to fourth on the charts with 41 career points. She now stands just five points shy of becoming the record holder in that category.
UCI Remains No. 3 In West Region
UC Irvine stayed put in the No. 3 slot for the fourth straight week in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com West Regional rankings, which were released Monday. The Anteaters, which have won seven straight games and are unbeaten in their last 10 outings, trail only Portland and Santa Clara in the region. Long Beach State is tied with Loyola Marymount for sixth regionally, while Cal State Northridge entered the list at No. 8 this week.
Fastest Goal In Niner History
Sophomore Nadia Link made her seventh goal of the season an even more memorable one as it registered as the quickest goal in program history. She scored at the 1:30 mark against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday as she got behind the Gaucho backline and converted a feed from teammate Shawna Gordon. Link’s seven goals rank second in the Big West this season.
Murillo Takes On Scoring Load
Cal State Fullerton’s struggles continued when the team lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling 2-1 to San Diego on Sunday. It was the first home game for the Titans in nearly a month and followed a 1-5 roadtrip. The lone goal for CSF came from a familiar face as senior Christina Murillo netted her sixth goal of the season and 17th of her career. The 17 career strikes ties her for sixth all-time in CSF history with current assistant coach Lauryn Welch (2003-06) and Tennli Ulicny (1998-01). Murillo has scored five of the Titans’ last eight goals. Her six goals this season is tied for third in the Big West.
Two Is The Magic Number
UC Santa Barbara is 5-0-0 in 2010 when it scores two or more goals. Conversely, the Gauchos are 0-5-2 when they tally one goal or less. After scoring nine goals in a season-opening three-game winning streak, the Gaucho offense has stalled to the tune of just seven goals in the last nine matches. UCSB hopes to hit its offensive stride with an upcoming five-match homestand, beginning this Friday with Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos defeated the Matadors 2-0 back on August 20 in a designated non-conference match that also served as the season opener for both squads.
Gauvin Settling In As Mustang Netminder
It was an inauspicious start for junior goalkeeper Brooke Gauvin when she allowed six goals in one half in a season-opening 7-0 loss to UCLA on August 22. Since that time, Gauvin has responded extremely well for the Mustangs. In her next eight appearances, all starts, Gauvin has produced a stellar 0.49 goals against average. She has collected four shutouts and the team is 5-2-1 during that stretch. Gauvin is ranked fifth in the Big West with an overall GAA of 1.15.
Highlanders End Goal Drought
UC Riverside was shutout in seven consecutive matches but broke through in the scoring column in the waning minutes of first half action against UC Santa Barbara on Friday. Senior Candis Novis stole the ball from a Gaucho defender and scored a breakaway goal.
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.
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