Big West Women's Soccer Tournament Takes Center Stage
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Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 12
Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Pacific vie for the Big West Women's Soccer Tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament field of 64 to highlight this week's action. Top-seeded UCI hosts No. 4 seed Pacific while No. 2 LBSU welcomes No. 3 CSUN in the semifinal matchups.
PREVIEW VIDEOS ON BIGWEST.TV
UCI coach Scott Juniper on his team's unblemished conference record and their accomplishments thus far
LBSU coach Mauricio Ingrassia talks about hosting a Big West semi-final match on Thursday
CSUN coach Keith West on tying a school mark for wins, his senior class & the Big West Tournament
Pacific coach Keith Coleman on his seniors getting a victory on Senior Day
KEEP AN EYE ON
Tanya Taylor, UC Irvine
Taylor enters the Big West Tournament as the conference leader in goals (10), assists (9) and points (29). Her 57 shots also tops the league. Taylor scored her 10th goal of the year in the 60th minute, which accounted for the game-winner in UC Irvine’s 3-2 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Halloween. The goal placed Taylor into a tie for 10th in the Anteater single-season record books. The Big West’s most potent offensive player this season also ranks fifth in UCI history with 23 career goals.
UC Irvine Unblemished In League Slate
UC Irvine achieved a first in Big West women’s soccer history in becoming the first team to complete the conference ledger unbeaten and untied. The regular season champions moved to 8-0-0 (24 points) after overcoming an early deficit to win 3-2 against Cal State Fullerton.
Four teams previously got close to accomplishing the same feat, but fell just short of the mark.
UNBEATEN TEAMS IN BIG WEST PLAY
Year School __ Record Pct.
*2010 UC Irvine 8-0-0 1.000
2008 Long Beach State 7-0-1 .938
1996 Cal State Fullerton 5-0-1 .917
2003 Cal Poly 7-0-2 .889
1998 Pacific 7-0-2 .889
* Only team in Big West history to go unbeaten and untied in league play
Big West Tournament Preview
The matchups are set for the 10th edition of the Big West Women’s Soccer Tournament, which begins with semifinal action on Thursday, November 4.
No. 2 seed Long Beach State hosts No. 3 seed Cal State Northridge at 3:00 p.m. Once the sun sets, action continues at 7:00 p.m. when No. 1 UC Irvine welcomes No. 4 Pacific. The championship game will be held at the site of the highest advancing team on Sunday, November 7 at either 12:00 or 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Long Beach State vs. No. 3 Cal State Northridge
Long Beach State won a close 2-1 game against Cal State Northridge in a regular season meeting on October 24 at George Allen Field. All the scoring took place in the first half, culminating in a goal at 31:20 by 49er senior Lindsay Bullock. The 49ers are 8-2-1 in their last 11 matches, but fell 1-0 to UC Davis in their regular season finale on Sunday. Sophomore Nadia Link leads the 49ers with eight goals while Bullock is second on the team with seven. Shawna Gordon is the top assist producer on the club with seven. At 12-5-2 overall, the 49ers have captured double-digit wins in five of the last six seasons.
This is Long Beach State’s fifth Big West Tournament appearance. The 49ers made four straight tournament trips from 2005-08, posting a 1-2-2 record. They have fallen in penalty kicks two occasions, the last time occurring in the 2008 championship against UC Santa Barbara.
Cal State Northridge tied the school record for wins after defeating both Cal State Fullerton and Seattle last week. The Matadors are 12-8-0 overall and have won four of their last five games. Senior Farryn Townley is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals. Freshman Brittanie Sakajian and senior Desiree Cardenas are tied for second with four goals apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo has seven shutouts on the year and sports a 1.03 goals against average. The Matadors are 11-0 this year when scoring the first goal of the match.
CSUN is searching for its first tournament win in its third appearance overall. The Matadors fell by a 4-2 count to UC Santa Barbara in 2004 and the Gauchos struck again last year in a 2-1 decision. The program has recorded double-digit victories in five of the last seven seasons.
No. 1 UC Irvine vs. No. 4 Pacific
UC Irvine is ranked nationally in all three major polls - No. 13 in Soccer America (Nov. 1), No. 12 in NSCAA/HendrickCars.com (Oct. 26) and No. 16 in Soccer Times (Oct. 25). The Anteaters are 16-1-2 overall, winners of 13 straight games and unbeaten in their last 16. The last five UCI victories have been by one goal. The 16 wins is a school record and the third-most in Big West history. Only the 2005 Cal State Fullerton (19) and 2003 Cal Poly (18) squads have recorded more wins in a season.
The Anteaters lead the Big West with 43 goals and rank nationally in scoring offense, tying for 18th with 2.26 goals per game. In addition to the exploits of Tanya Taylor, junior transfer CoCo Goodson has provided seven goals from her defender position, including a league-leading five game-winners. Sophomore Mar Rodriguez and junior Lexi Kopf balance out the high-powered attack with six goals each. Senior goalkeeper Danielle deSeriere is tied fourth all-time in Big West history with 10 shutouts this season. Her 30 career shutouts are No. 2 in the conference record books.
UCI is 3-4 all-time in Big West Tournament history. The Anteaters have lost in the semifinals (2003, 2007, 2009) in their last three appearances. They dropped a 2-0 decision at Cal Poly last season. UCI captured the 1997 tournament title and appeared in the 1996 championship game.
Pacific is playing its best soccer of the season, winning five of its last six games. The Tigers have rediscovered their offense. After scoring only six goals through their first 12 games, the Tigers have netted nine goals in their last six. They lost a heartbreaking 1-0 game to UC Irvine in the league opener for both teams on October 1. UCI scored in the 109th minute of the second overtime to claim victory. Ten different Tigers have scored goals this season, with no one scoring more than three. Junior Kristina Wavomba and senior Kim Hargrave are the leaders with three goals apiece. Senior Jill Medigovich is having a stellar season between the pipes, boasting a 0.78 goals against average.
The Tigers are looking to win their first game in the Big West Tournament. They are 0-4 all-time, losing in the 1996, 1997, 2005 and 2008 semifinals.
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The Big West will be providing live tournament updates, photos and commentary during Thursday’s semifinal matches as well as Sunday’s championship. Follow all the action on @BigWestLive as teams attempt to secure the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
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