Cal State Northridge Joins National Rankings For First Time Since 2009
Men's Soccer Weekly Release No. 8
Cal State Northridge, winners of seven of its last eight games and perched atop the Big West South Division, hosts UC Riverside this week with an opportunity to open up a commanding lead midway through the conference ledger.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
•The North Division posted an impressive 11-4-1 record against the South Division as Big West interdivisional play ended last week. Sacramento State emerged 4-0 to remain atop the North Division. Cal State Northridge, coming off a 1-0 triumph against No. 4 UC Santa Barbara, is the South Division leader at 3-1. Intradivisional action begins this week as each team is slated to play six more conference contests.
• Sacramento State’s 4-0 start is its best in league play since a five-game win streak to open MPSF competition in 2009. That year the Hornets won MPSF regular season (6-0-1) and tournament titles. The Hornets have won five straight games overall, tying their longest winning streak since 2010.
• Thanks to wins in seven of its last eight games, Cal State Northridge entered the national rankings this week for the first time since Sept. 21, 2009 when the Matadors were ranked No. 21 by Soccer Times, and No. 24 by College Soccer News and the NSCAA. The Matadors (9-4-0), which have outscored opponents 18-2 during that eight-game stretch, are currently ranked No. 21 in Soccer America. They are receiving votes in the Soccer Times, College Soccer News and NSCAA/Continental Tire polls.
• UC Santa Barbara fell from the ranks of the unbeaten following a 1-0 loss to Cal State Northridge Sunday. The win was the first for CSUN at Santa Barbara since 1999. UCSB is an incredible 33-6-3 on its home turf since the 2009 season.
• The Gauchos dropped in the polls for the second straight week but still remain a top 10 program. UCSB ranks No. 8 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire and College Soccer News polls, followed by a No. 10 designation in Soccer Times and No. 11 in Soccer America.
• Twelve of the 16 Big West contests have either been decided by one goal or resulted in a tie.
• Cal Poly junior Mackenzie Pridham scored twice against UC Irvine to lift his season total to seven goals. He is the first Mustang to reach seven goals in a season since four-time All-Big West selection David Zamora in 2009.
• UC Riverside (8-4-0) remains on the cusp of tying the school’s Division I era record of nine for most wins in a season.
• For the fifth year, institutions will air select matches on BigWest.TV, including all Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara contests. For the 2012 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. Head to thisweek for weekly event schedules.
BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s ten member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Conference Championships.