Cal Poly Seeks To Continue Hot Start
Women's Soccer Release No. 2
Cal Poly, which outscored its opponents 8-2 in a pair of wins last week, hopes to forge its first 3-0 start since the 2005 season. The Mustangs host Sacramento State on Friday.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Off To Strong Start: Cal Poly outscored Loyola Marymount and Cal State Bakersfield, 8-2, in two dominating offensive performances that netted the Mustangs a couple of victories last weekend. The Mustangs are now off to a 2-0 start for the second straight year. CP seeks a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005, and gets its shot at home on Friday against Sacramento State.
Krieghoff Keeps Coming: The encore might be better than the initial performance. At least that’s what happening at Cal Poly with sophomore forward Elise Krieghoff. The 2012 Big West Freshman of the Year and league leader in goals with 11, nearly reached half that total in one weekend. Krieghoff’s five goals in the two wins, including four against Cal State Bakersfield, gives her 16 goals in 17 career games. She is already tied for No. 12 in the Cal Poly career record book.
Held’s Contributions: Senior Kacey Held assisted on a pair of goals and added a strike of her own as she contributed to the Mustang goal parade last weekend. The four points equalled her total output from the 2012 season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Split Decision: Cal State Fullerton had mixed results on the opening weekend of the 2013 season, falling 3-1 to No. 6 BYU on the road before rebounding with a 1-0 win against Fresno State at Titan Stadium. The home opener against the Bulldogs began a stretch where the Titans play six of seven on their own pitch.
Maricic Makes Career-High In Saves: Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic notched a career-high 11 saves against No. 6 BYU to keep the Titans close in an eventual 3-1 loss. Maricic added three more saves in CSF’s win against Fresno State.
Burkenroad More Traveled: Sophomore Christina Burkenroad finished third on the team in goals last season with five, and she struck again with her first of the 2013 season 44 seconds before the halftime buzzer Sunday versus the Bulldogs.
Shots Advantage: Cal State Fullerton enjoyed a 19-9 advantage in shots in the Fresno State contest.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Tough Going: The Matadors are in the midst of a formidable start to the season with three straight contests against Pac-12 opponents. CSUN fell 2-0 to Arizona State and 3-0 to No. 5 UCLA last weekend. The Matadors take on USC and San Diego this week in hopes of breaking into the win column.
Frosh Get Minutes In Net: Cal State Northridge ushered out a pair of freshmen goalkeepers during last weekend’s action and they were tested right away. Rebecca Harper and Jovani McCaskill each played a half against UCLA with McCaskill keeping the Bruins off the scoreboard. Harper started the entire 90 minute in the opener versus the Sun Devils and made two saves.
McDaniel Nominated For Award: Senior defender Chloe McDaniel is among prestigious company for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. She is one of 30 candidates vying for an honor that recognizes student-athlete excellence in four key areas – community, classroom, character and competition.
LONG BEACH STATE
Not Used To It: Long Beach State has been accustomed to get its season started in a winning fashion, but that wasn’t the case on Friday when Northern Arizona came to town. The Lumberjacks handed the 49ers just their second season-opening defeat in eight years. LBSU outshot NAU, 13-4, but lost 1-0.
Learning Curve: The 49ers are a youthful bunch with 12 true freshmen on the roster, and head coach Mauricio Ingrassia trusts that incoming talent as five frosh started in the Northern Arizona match. One of those was goalkeeper Ashton McKeown, who logged the entire 90 minutes and didn’t have to make a save.
What’s Next: Accustomed to playing tough, challenging non-conference schedules, the 49ers get their first taste of ranked opponents this week with a pair of road contests. LBSU travels to No. 16 Santa Clara on Thursday before visiting No. 24 Texas Tech on Sunday.
Key Stat: In the previous nine years under Ingrassia, the 49ers have never started out a season 0-2.
Ags Top Rivals: The Aggies knocked off their Causeway Cup rival, Sacramento State, by a close 1-0 score on Friday thanks to a 32nd minute header by Haley Hughes. The win meant that UC Davis has not lost a Causeway Cup matchup in the last seven years. The Aggies also won their season opener for the fourth straight year.
Robinson One Step Closer To 200: Maryclaire Robinson moved to within five wins of reaching 200 for her career. The 22nd-year head coach now owns an all-time mark of 195-160-31. Her Aggies take on Iowa in a neutral site matchup on Friday, then host Drake on Sunday.
Jern Wins Honor: Junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern notched her second career shutout, making a point blank save on a Hornet attacker to preserve the UC Davis 1-0 victory. Jern earned the Big West Defensive Player of the Week award for her efforts, the first Aggie to win the defensive honor since former goalie Maria Magana did so on Nov. 1, 2010.
Ledezma Strikes: Senior forward Natalia Ledezma scored a pair of goals to lead UC Irvine to a 2-0 victory over UNLV, evening its record at 1-1. The Anteaters fell 2-0 in their season opener to No. 20 California. Ledezma scored twice in a span of one minute and 12 seconds in the first half to give UCI all the scoring it would need against UNLV.
Efficiency: In the UNLV match, the Anteaters won a defensive struggle and held a 6-5 shot advantage on the final tally sheet. Ledezma had four of UCI’s six shots and all four were on frame.
All-Conference Goalies Platoon: Junior Jennifer Randazzo and sophomore Corey Tobin appear to be back in the platoon system that defined the UCI goalie situation in 2012. Randazzo, who was named honorable mention all-conference in 2011, started the Cal match. Tobin posted her fourth career shutout in the UNLV contest to begin her sophomore campaign after being an All-Big West Second Team performer last year.
Highlanders Go 1-1: UC Riverside dropped its season opener at home to UNLV, 3-2, but rebounded with a 2-1 overtime victory against San Jose State in a match that was played in San Diego last weekend. The defeat to UNLV marked the third time in the last four seasons that the Highlanders lost their season opener to the Rebels.
Frosh Makes Impact: Freshman Tatum Lockett made her first two collegiate goals extra special as they both contributed to UC Riverside’s first win of the season. Lockett’s second goal came just 56 seconds into overtime as the Highlanders celebrated the 2-1 win. She became the first Highlander player to score two goals in a match since Tessa Lennala netted a pair at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 26, 2008. In addition, she became the 10th freshman in program history – and first since 2004 – to score two goals in one match.
Valencia Hits Back Of Net: Junior Celina Valencia, who ranked third on the team with three goals last season, found her groove in the season opener as her 34th minute goal was UCR’s first.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Unbeaten: UC Santa Barbara remained unbeaten through its first two matches. After defeating Fresno State in the opener, the Gauchos forged a 1-1 tie on the road against Weber State Monday. UCSB continues its foray into the Beehive State with a Wednesday contest at Southern Utah.
Ariniello Sniffing Out The Goal: Allie Ariniello did not have a goal to her credit through the first three seasons at UCSB, but her senior campaign is a different story. The forward scored for the second time in as many matches, with her 59th minute strike leveling the score and resulting in a 1-1 tie at Weber State.
Griggs Setting The Table: Freshman Dakota Griggs has been involved in two of the three Gaucho scores, posting a pair of assists in her first two collegiate matches. She is tied for the Big West lead.
Tough Luck: Hawai‘i entered the season opener with just one loss in its last 15 home matches dating back to the 2011 campaign. However, the Rainbow Wahine dropped a pair to UNC Greensboro and No. 21 Central Florida at the OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi last weekend. Despite a 21-3 advantage in shots, UH lost a 1-0 double overtime heartbreaker to UNC Greensboro thanks to a goal in the 104th minute.
Hanging In There: Even if UH lost 2-0 to Central Florida, there were some encouraging signs in its play against the nationally ranked opponent. For starters, the Rainbow Wahine outshot the Knights, 10-9. Except for a five-minute stretch between the end of the first and start of the second half in which UCF scored both of its goals, UH played evenly.
Off The Islands: UH takes a break from competition this week, but embarks on the first of two non-conference roadtrips in two weeks with Pac-12 encounters against Oregon and Oregon State. The Rainbow Wahine also makes a journey to Arizona and Northern Arizona later in the month of September.
Advantage, Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara has outshot its first two opponents by a combined 25-16 margin.