First Place Long Beach State Rejoins National Rankings
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This Week in the Big West - October 3-9, 2011
Long Beach State, which occupies first place (2-0) in the Big West, moved back into the national rankings this week. The 49ers have been an offensive juggernaut with 18 goals in their previous four games.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Tiffany Gummow, Cal Poly
Gummow is tied for second in the Big West with seven goals thanks to a recent offensive explosion. The senior has scored six of those goals in the last six games, including the game-winner in Cal Poly’s 2-1 triumph against Cal State Fullerton on Friday. Gummow has accounted for nearly one-third of Cal Poly’s total goal output – 21 goals – and now is tied for third among active Big West players with 17 career goals.
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.
Long Beach State Bursts Out To 2-0 Start
Long Beach State enjoyed a brilliant start to Big West play with a pair of important road victories against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly last week. The 49ers eked out a 2-1 win in overtime against the Gauchos and then blanked the Mustangs by a 6-0 margin to secure their fifth straight victory. LBSU is 7-1-1 in its last nine games and the recent torrid play has vaulted the program back into the top 25. The 49ers find themselves at No. 23 in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. They are bombarding opponents to the tune of 18 goals in their last four games and now have scored a league-best 34 goals. LBSU is right on the heels of the 2008 squad which established a single-season record of 44 goals.
Link Earns National Team Training Camp Invite
Junior forward Nadia Link will participate with the United States U-23 Women’s National Team at its training camp Oct. 2-7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The Long Beach State standout will be evaluated among a pool of 24 players by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage, which could lead to possible call-ups to U.S. Women’s National Team camps heading into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada, in January. Ultimately, successful stints at the camps could feed into the 2012 Olympics in London. Link is having an amazing 2011 season, leading the Big West in goals (11) and points (29). She is tied for ninth nationally in goals.
UC Irvine Win Streak Halted
Another unbeaten and untied conference ledger is not in the cards for UC Irvine. The Anteaters, which became the first team in Big West history to complete the conference ledger untied and unbeaten, winning the regular season title with an 8-0-0 record in 2010, posted a tie and a loss during the start of Big West play last week. UC Davis forged a 2-2 tie and Pacific pinned a 3-2 defeat on the Anteaters, marking the first time since 2009 UCI lost a regular season conference game. After giving up just 17 goals in all of 2010, UCI has already yielded 16 this season, including seven in the last three games.
Titans Tie School Record For Overtime Contests
Cal State Fullerton played in its third consecutive and eighth overtime match overall when it secured a 2-1 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. The Titans also lost 2-1 in overtime to Cal Poly on Friday. The two overtime matches gave them eight in 13 matches overall this season, tying the school record set in 2007. The Titans have gone to double overtime five times to tie for the third-most in school history – just short of the school record of seven – and the most since playing in five 2OTs in 2009.
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Playing overtime games at Cal State Fullerton is nothing new for the program and head coach Demian Brown. In the four-plus seasons under Brown, the Titans have headed into overtime 25 times in 92 matches (27.2%). They have notched a 7-8-10 (.480) mark in those contests.
Gordon Now Tied For Fifth In Big West Career Assists
Long Beach State senior Shawna Gordon recorded at least one assist for the fourth time in the last five games as she had a helper in the 6-0 victory at Cal Poly. It raised her Big West leading total to eight assists on the year and moved her into a tie for fifth in the Big West record book with Pacific’s Angelica Figueroa with 22 career assists. Gordon has been a force for the 49er offense recently, tallying 15 points on four goals and seven assists in the last five games. Both Gordon and Figueroa are three assists shy of the fourth spot in conference history.
BIG WEST CAREER TOP 10 - ASSISTS
29 Kim Silos, Long Beach State 2005-08
29 Wendy Woolgar, Pacific 1996-98
26 Jennifer Borcich, UC Santa Barbara 2001-04
25 Krista Davey, North Texas 1996-99
22 Angelica Figueroa, Pacific 2008-11
22 Shawna Gordon, Long Beach State 2008-11
21 Tanya Taylor, UC Irvine 2007-10
21 Natalie Dorr, Pacific 1996-98
20 Jacqui Simon, UC Santa Barbara 2007-10
20 Chandi Bickford, UC Santa Barbara 2003-06
Pacific Knocks Off First Ranked Foe In Five Years
Pacific’s 3-2 overtime victory against No. 18 UC Irvine on Sunday marked the first time in over five years that the Tigers toppled a ranked foe. The previous win versus a ranked opponent occurred on Sept. 19, 2006 when the Tigers toppled No. 22 Fresno State, 2-1. Pacific is also unbeaten at home this season with a record of 5-0-1.
Matador Offense Getting In Gear
After struggling on offense through the opening weeks of the season, Cal State Northridge has ramped up production. The Matadors managed just one goal through their first four games. Over the last seven games, CSUN has scored three goals on three different occasions, including a 3-1 win at UC Davis on Sunday. The team’s leading scorer, Heidi Farran, has been a big part of the turnaround as she has notched all five of her goals during that span.
Stalwarts In Goal
The Big West features four goaltenders who are ranked among the nation’s leaders in minutes played. UC Santa Barbara sophomore Makenna Henry is ranked No. 4 in the country with 1,304 minutes played. Long Beach State’s Kaitlyn Gustaves is right behind with 1,281 minutes logged, the No. 7 total in the nation. Cal State Fullerton’s Lindsey Maricic is also ranked in the top 10 with 1,271 total minutes played (No. 9). Cal Poly senior Brooke Gauvin rounds out the list of “ironwoman” netminders as her 1,228 minutes played is good for No. 16 nationally. All four have played every minute of every game this season.