Long Beach State Looks For Second Win Against Ranked Opponent
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This Week in the Big West - August 22-28, 2011
Long Beach State, a 2-1 winner against No. 25 USC in the season opener, faces the Big West's highest-ranked non-conference opponent this week in No. 12 Marquette at the Milwaukee Cup.
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Kristina Wavomba, Pacific
Wavomba, who entered the 2011 season as the Big West active career leader in goals and points, showed her offensive prowess during the opening weekend of play. The senior forward posted two goals and two assists as the Tigers split a pair of games, defeating Nevada (3-0) and falling to No. 1 Stanford (5-2). Wavomba had a goal and an assist in both games, and scored economically on just three shots. Wavomba, an All-Big West Second Team recipient in each of her three seasons as a Tiger, owns career totals of 17 goals and 45 points.
Coaches Tab UC Irvine As Favorite To Win 2011 Title
The nine head coaches selected UC Irvine to win the 2011 Big West women’s soccer title in their annual preseason poll. The Anteaters collected seven of the nine first-place votes with Pacific and Cal Poly receiving one first-place vote apiece. UC Irvine garnered 78 total points followed by Long Beach State with 70. The coaches predicted a logjam in the middle of the pack as only eight points separated third through sixth place. Cal State Northridge was picked to finish third with 52 points, while Pacific was fourth with 51 points. UC Santa Barbara finished with 48 points for fifth place and Cal Poly was sixth with 44 points. Cal State Fullerton (34 points), UC Davis (18) and UC Riverside (10) rounded out the poll, respectively. UC Irvine returns seven starters from the 2010 squad that finished 19-3-2 overall and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Returning All-League Talent Dots Big West Rosters
A total of seven players who earned All-Big West First Team acclaim in 2010 are slated to return to the pitch for at least another season. UC Irvine leads all Big West teams with three returning first-teamers while Long Beach State welcomes back two. In addition to the aforementioned Goodson, senior Judy Christopher and junior Mar Rodriguez return for the blue and gold. Christopher captured her second straight All-Big West First Team citation in 2010. Rodriguez posted six goals and three assists for the high-octane UCI offense to garner her initial first team nod. The 49ers welcome back junior Nadia Link (8g, 1a, 17 pts), who tied for third in the Big West in goals, and senior Shawna Gordon (4g, 7a, 15 pts), a two-time first team all-league choice who tied for second in assists. A pair of first team all-league defenders are also reappearing in seniors Brielle Slepicoff of Cal State Northridge and Aisha Lott of UC Davis.
UC Irvine Perseveres In Aggie Heat
UC Irvine continued its upward climb into the upper echelon of the nation’s top programs, taking out No. 11 Texas A&M on Sunday. The 1-0 final, which occurred in 100 degree heat, marked the highest-ranked road victory in program annals. It also was the second-highest ranked opponent that UCI defeated in school history. In 1995, the Anteaters dealt No. 10 Hartford a 1-0 defeat. UCI finished No. 14 in the final 2010 NSCAA poll and entered the 2011 campaign rated as high as No. 17 in the preseason polls.
Long Beach State Dispatches Another Ranked Foe
Long Beach State picked up another key win for the Big West against a non-conference ranked opponent, knocking off No. 25 USC in its season opener on Friday. The 2-1 win against the Trojans secured LBSU’s fifth season-opening triumph in the last six years and marked the program’s sixth win over a ranked opponent since 2009. The 49ers toppled No. 21 Washington State, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 11 UC Irvine last season.
Pacific Dents Stanford Defense
In 2010, Pacific scored just 16 goals in 19 contests, so it was no surprise that the focus for this year’s Tigers was about putting the ball in the back of the net. Consider week one a success. The Tigers amassed nearly one-third of last season’s offensive output in a mere two games, netting five goals against Nevada and Stanford. In fact, the Tigers became just the second team to score multiple goals on Stanford in its last 42 matches. Pacific got goals from seniors Kristina Wavomba and Alex Topp in a 5-2 loss to the top-ranked Cardinal.
Goodson Receives Multiple Preseason Honors
UC Irvine senior defender CoCo Goodson added to her résumé of accomplishments with her inclusion on a couple of prestigious lists. Goodson was one of 42 female athletes named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Voting for the award is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, when the winner will be announced.
In addition, Goodson was one of 25 players selected as a Soccer America Preseason All-American. The native of Ramona, Calif. had a stellar 2010 season, earning NSCAA First Team All-American plaudits after scoring nine goals, including five-game winners. She became the first player in UCI and Big West history to be selected a first team All-American. Goodson enters the 2011 campaign as the conference’s top returner in goals and points (18).
Cal State Fullerton forward Nikki McCants helped her team snap a four-match winless streak (0-3-1) dating back to last season, doing so with a pair of goals in a 3-1 win against Long Island on Sunday. The pair of strikes matched her entire total from her 2010 freshman season.
Freshmen Make Mark For Cal Poly
Freshmen accounted for two of the three Cal Poly goals during the opening week of action. Sara Lancaster netted her first career goal as a Mustang with an 87th minute strike to hand her team a 2-1 road win against Cincinnati on Friday. Fellow frosh teammate Allie Begin amassed Cal Poly’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss at Dayton on Sunday.
More Ranked Foes On Tap
The Big West faces another formidable week of ranked opponents after posting a 2-2 record last week against top 25 competition. Six more matches against the top 25 loom ahead this week. After securing a win against No. 25 USC, Long Beach State looks to dispatch another ranked foe in No. 12 Marquette as part of the Milwaukee Cup. UC Santa Barbara hosts a pair of ranked programs in No. 15 Santa Clara and No. 22 Minnesota. Santa Clara also travels to Cal Poly to complete a jaunt to the Central Coast. Cal State Northridge, which fell to No. 9 UCLA on Friday, gets another crack at a top 25 opponent when it kicks off versus No. 18 Texas on Sunday. Pacific hopes to follow Long Beach State’s lead in becomng the second Big West school to take down USC. The Tigers get their shot on a neutral field when they battle the Trojans at the USD Tournament on Sunday.
Anderson’s Presence Felt In Gaucho Debut
After losing its top three scorers to graduation, UC Santa Barbara needed a new scoring threat and may have found one. Dyanne Anderson, a junior transfer from Rancho Santiago College, had nine shots, including six on goal in UCSB’s season-opening tie against Idaho. She then scored her first career goal in a 1-0 win versus UNLV.