Long Beach State Treks To Top Two Pursuers This Week
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This Week in the Big West - October 10-16, 2011
Unbeaten in league play, Long Beach State (3-0-0) faces a formidable pair of foes in Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, which are currently tied for second place. The 49ers bring a six-match win streak into Friday's road contest at Matador Field.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Lisa Kemp, UC Davis
Kemp dished out the first two goal game of her career to lead UC Davis in a 4-1 road victory against UC Riverside on Thursday. The senior added an assist in the match to increase her season total to 14 points, which equals her output from last year. Kemp also halted a five-match scoreless streak with her effort against the Highlanders. Kemp’s importance to the Aggie offense cannot be understated as the team is 5-0 this season when she has at least one point.
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.
Epic Comeback Keeps Long Beach State Undefeated
Never quit. That was the mantra for Long Beach State as time was winding down during Sunday’s showdown with rival Cal State Fullerton at George Allen Field. The 49ers trailed, 1-0, and looked to be headed for their first league loss. But with 12 seconds remaining, senior Nicole Hubbard booted in the equalizing goal and the 49ers posted the game-winner four minutes into overtime, improving to 3-0-0 in league play and extending their overall winning streak to six games.
Head coach Mauricio Ingrassia has established a consistent level of success with his Long Beach State program. The mentor compiled his sixth 10-win season in the last seven years with Sunday’s 2-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton. The eighth-year coach is 88-51-17 (.619) at Long Beach State. The 49ers are on pace to match program records for single-season victories – 14 – set in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Link On Doorstep Of Big West Season Top 10’s
Junior forward Nadia Link is having an amazing season for Long Beach State. In addition to being invited to train with the United States U-23 Women’s National Team in Carson last week, Link has been one of the main linchpins behind the 49er success this season. She leads the Big West in goals (12) and points (32), and ranks second with eight assists. Link has recorded at least one point in six straight and in 11 of 14 contests this season. Moreover, Link needs just two more goals and two more points to move into the Big West single season top 10.
Titans Set Record For Overtime Games
Cal State Fullerton established a new program record with its ninth overtime match of the season in a 2-1 defeat to Long Beach State on Sunday. It was the fourth straight contest that went into extra periods for the Titans, which have developed somewhat of a tradition, playing 26 OT matches in 93 games overall over the last four-plus seasons.
Big Week In The Big West
The midpoint of Big West play either has arrived or will arrive this week for the nine teams, meaning the race for the regular season title is heating up. The timing couldn’t be any better for this week’s matchups, which feature the top three teams in the standings pitted against one another. Big West leader Long Beach State (3-0-0) owns nine points and is followed closely by UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge – both 2-1-1 and sporting seven points apiece. The 49ers travel to both CSUN and UCI this week and successful outcomes would put them in prime position to capture the fourth Big West regular season crown in the history of the program. The defending regular season champion Anteaters will have something to say about that endeavor after pinning a pair of 1-0 shutouts on UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly last week. Their meeting with LBSU is also a rematch of last year’s Big West Tournament championship game. Both the Anteaters and Matadors need successful weeks to stay in legitimate contention for the league title.
Gordon Continues Assault On Assists Record
Long Beach State senior Shawna Gordon recorded an assist for the fifth time in six games, setting up the game-winner in an overtime win against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. It was her league-leading ninth helper of the season. Gordon has tallied eight of her assists in the last six games. She is only one assist away from becoming the first Big West player since UC Irvine’s Caty Cope in 2007 to record double-digit assists in a season. The next assist would also tie Gordon for seventh all-time in a Big West single-season.
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
23 Shawna Gordon, Long Beach State 2008-11
22 Angelica Figueroa, Pacific 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
Highlanders Part Ways With League Winless Streak
UC Riverside halted a nine-game winless streak against conference opponents with a 1-0 triumph against Pacific on Sunday. The Highlanders held the Tigers scoreless in a match for the first time in 11 tries and wiped out a five-match winless streak against their foe from up north. UCR’s six victories and 15 goals this season are huge improvements over the one win and three goals it had in 2010.
UC Davis Eyes Uncharted Territory
With a 7-4-1 record, UC Davis has tied the program mark for most overall wins since joining the Big West in 2007. The Aggies host Pacific and travel to Cal Poly this week looking for the new watershed mark for wins.
Cal Poly Aims For Double-Digit Wins
Cal Poly needs two victories this week against UC Riverside and UC Davis to secure a 10-win season for the 12th time in 16 years. The Mustangs also could use the victories to help with positioning for the postseason conference tournament. Cal Poly is looking to make a return trip to the event after missing the field in 2010, only the second time in the tournament’s 10-year history that the Mustangs were not involved.
UC Santa Barbara Looking For Offense
UC Santa Barbara has played nine straight matches without scoring multiple goals. The Gauchos are 2-6-1 in those games and last scored two goals in a 2-1 win against Oakland on Sept. 9.