UC Davis Heads To Northwest With Four-Match Winning Streak
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This Week in the Big West - September 12-18, 2011
The Big West's longest current win streak belongs to UC Davis, winners of four straight and 5-1 overall. The Aggies take part in the OSU Nike Invitational this weekend with matchups against Oregon and host Oregon State on tap.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Dyanne Anderson, UC Santa Barbara
The junior college transfer scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in UC Santa Barbara’s 2-0 win at Oakland University on Friday. Anderson has scored four of the team’s nine goals, with the remaining scores spread out among five players. UCSB is 3-0 when Anderson finds the back of the net and 0-4-1 in the rest of its contests.
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.
Figueroa Enters Big West Top 10 In Career Assists
Pacific senior Angelica Figueroa tallied a pair of assists to help her team defeat UNLV, 2-0, on Friday. In doing so, Figueroa amassed her 18th and 19th career assists, which entered her into the Big West top 10. She joined UC Santa Barbara’s Kylie McDonald (2008-10), Christy Johnson of North Texas (1997-99) and UC Irvine’s Simone Ferrara (1996-98) for ninth place on the list. Figueroa now stands just one assist shy from tying for seventh and two from tying for fifth.
Stout Defense Spurs Pacific Run
Three consecutive shutouts over Sacramento State (3-0), UNLV (2-0) and Cal State Bakersfield (4-0) have resulted in a three-game winning streak for Pacific and the Tigers have climbed above .500 (4-3-0) for the first time this season as a result. The squad also improved to 3-0 at home, outscoring the opposition by a 9-0 count. Pacific aims to keep the momentum rolling this weekend at the Lowe’s Ventana Resort Cats Classic against a pair of Pac-12 teams in host Arizona and Arizona State.
Titans Overcome Overtime Blues
Kishi Smith notched her first career goal in dramatic fashion, as the Cal State Fullerton sophomore scored with 44 seconds remaining in double overtime to deal Columbia a 1-0 defeat on Sunday. It was the first overtime win for the Titans in 12 tries. The Titans were 0-4-7 in overtime games since toppling No. 15 California, 3-2, on Aug. 29, 2008. In 2011, CSF has gone to extra time in four of its seven matches.
More On Kishi
In addition to scoring her first career goal, Kishi Smith ended up in the Cal State Fullerton record book for her performance on Sunday. Smith unloaded a school-record 12 shots over the course of the match, including five on frame. That total topped the previous record of 10 shots taken by Kellie Cox against Wyoming on Sept. 28, 2001. Smith’s output helped the Titans outshoot Columbia 30-7, which tied for the eighth-most shots in a single match in school history. And by the way, Smith’s goal ended the team’s 397 minute scoreless drought.
UC Irvine dropped five spots to No. 18 in the latest Soccer America poll after battling No. 15 Santa Clara to a 1-1 tie and falling 2-0 to No. 2 Stanford last weekend. The Anteaters saw their season-opening five-game winning streak come to a halt against the Broncos. The Cardinal handed the Anteaters their first shutout in seven contests this season. UCI was ranked as high as No. 11 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire and Soccer Times polls last week.
Aggies On A Roll
UC Davis achieved its first four-match winning streak since 2009 when it topped Creighton and UNLV by identical 2-0 scores this past weekend. The Aggies moved to 5-1 overall on the season. They now own the Big West’s best winning percentage at .833. UC Davis hopes for continued success at the OSU Nike Invitational Tournament this weekend, with Oregon and host Oregon State awaiting. During UCD’s four-game win streak, the Aggies have forged three shutouts and outscored the opposition 10-2.
Balance Is The Recipe For Success
The 5-1 start for UC Davis is a result of exceptional balanced scoring. Eight different players have netted goals for the Aggies, with no player owning more than three. Senior Lisa Kemp is the team’s overall points leader with nine (3G, 3A). UCD is also getting superb defense from its backline and goaltending from senior Maria Magana, who owns a Big West low 0.34 goals against averaged and is tied for the league lead with four shutouts.
Cal Poly Wins Tourney Title
Wins against Seattle and Boise State propelled Cal Poly to the championship of the Viking Soccer Classic, hosted by Portland State. The Mustangs won for the third time in four matches as they prepare for an upcoming five-match homestand. Tiffany Gummow and Leslie Barkmann were named the offensive and defensive Most Valuable Players of the tournament. Gummow had a pair of goals in the win over the Broncos, lifting her season total to three and career total to 13. The 13 goals is tied for third among active Big West players.
Fit To Be Tied
A 2-2 tie against Purdue will go down in the Cal State Northridge record books as just that – a tie. But Friday’s result in the opening game of the Boilermaker Challenge was more notable in the sense that the Matadors hadn’t experienced such an outcome in quite some time. The draw was CSUN’s first since a scoreless decision against UC Irvine on Oct. 23, 2008, a span of 49 matches.
Long Beach State Trio Held In Check
The Long Beach State triumvirate of Nadia Link, Shawna Gordon and Jazz Strozier have accounted for 11 of the team’s 15 goals. Link leads the Big West in goals (6) and points (15). However, all three were kept off the scoreboard in a 49er loss to California and tie against San Diego State last week. The LBSU offense scored just one goal combined in the two matches. The team aims to revitalize its offense against a pair of West Coast Conference foes in San Diego and Saint Mary’s this week.
More Ranked Opponents On Tap
Non-conference play continues this week with all 15 games taking place in the west. Highlighted matches include Central Coast schools UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly taking on hosting duties against No. 13 Pepperdine. Both schools are searching for their first win against a ranked foe this season. In addition, UC Davis takes on Oregon State, a team ranked No. 17 by Soccer Times and No. 21 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll as of last week.