Three Big West Teams Start 2-0 Going Into Week 2
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• UC Riverside started the season with two wins last week against Cal State Bakersfield (2-1) and a win in overtime against Southern Utah (2-1). This is the first time since the 2008 season that the Highlanders have managed to have a perfect start to the season. The Highlanders are under new leadership in Nat Gonzalez who came on as the assistant coach before taking over as head coach less than four months after rejoining Riverside.
• Cal Poly followed suit starting the season 2-0-0 for the first time since 2005. Cal Poly started against Loyola Marymount behind 1-0 in the first half, but managed to come back and score three in the second to win 3-1. On Sunday they scored the lone goal for a 1-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield.
• On the flip side UC Irvine has opened the season 0-2-0 for the first time since 2006. In 2006 the Anteaters faced top opponents Arizona State losing 3-0 and USC in a 4-1 loss. Against No. 14 Texas A&M the Anteaters suffered a 2-1 loss, with equal opportunities to score with 11 shots per team on Sunday. Irvine will look to fill the void of Lexi Kopf who scored 11 goals last year with returner Natalia Ledezma who scored 12 for the Anteaters in 2011.
Cal State Northridge seniors Stephanie Galarze and Cynthia Jacobo were named the Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week as they helped the Matadors start out the 2012 campaign 2-0.
The Matadors have not swept the weekly awards since the 2010 season when as a sophomore Jacobo earned defensive player of the week and senior Farryn Townley was named offensive player of the week.
Continue to Climb
The Long Beach State squad is off to a good start with an overtime win over Pac-12 opponent Arizona, 2-1. The already preseason ranked 49ers are making their way up the charts, moving from the NSCAA preseason poll 18th position last week to No. 15 this week. Long Beach has a presence on three national polls this week, Soccer America (23), Soccer CS360 (20) and the NSCAA (15).
Starting forward Nadia Link has received two preseason accolades so far this season. The senior ranked among 25 women soccer Preseason All-American recipients released by Soccer America, as well as being named one of 38 women selected as a contender in the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list, released by the NSCAA.