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Hawai'i Returns Home With Pair Of Pac-12 Wins In Tow

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This Week in the Big West - September 9-15, 2013

9/10/2013

Women's Soccer Release No. 4

Hawai‘i, fresh off victories at Oregon and Oregon State, returns to the islands to host the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Classic this week.  The Rainbow Wahine play Idaho State and Portland State.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

CAL POLY

Undefeated: After beating San Jose State 3-0 on Friday, the Mustangs have now matched their perfect 4-0 start  from 2003.  Cal Poly will now face six teams on the road while looking to continue its undefeated streak, starting with Baylor on Friday.

Hat Trick: Sophomore standout Elise Krieghoff recorded her second hat trick of the 2013 season scoring all three goals in the match versus San Jose State on Friday.  Prior to this season, Cal Poly’s last hat trick had been in 1999.

Krieghoff Count Continues: Going into Friday night’s match Krieghoff led the country in goals with seven.  Now four games in, Krieghoff has amassed a total of 10 goals putting her in seventh place in the Mustang record books with 21 career goals.  Krieghoff is also tied for tenth place for goals in a single season.  Last year Krieghoff ranked 35th nationally with  .643 goals per game and was just the second freshman on the list.  At this pace, Krieghoff could lead the nation in goals scored in a single season, as last year’s first place finish was 21 goals scored in 18 games.

CAL STATE FULLERTON

Road Blues: Texas Tech’s lone goal in the 61st minute  was enough to edge out the Titans in a 1-0 final on Friday night.  Fullerton’s loss snapped a three-game undefeated streak after playing three matches at home.  So far the Titans are 2-0-1 at home and are 0-2 on the road.  Fullerton returns for a three game stint on home turf beginning on Friday, September 13 versus Loyola Marymount.  The Big West is currently 2-1 against the Lions in 2013, scoring a total of four goals against senior goalkeeper Brittany Jagger.

Maricic Has Moves: Senior goalie Lindsey Maricic had five saves against the Red Raiders giving her a total of 24 saves this season.  With 165 career saves, Maricic currently ranks fourth all-time in the Fullerton record books.

Game Of Cards: A total of four yellow cards were issued in Friday night’s match as both teams were responsible for two, including a card issued to Texas Tech as a team in the 66th minute.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

In The Nick Of Time: Cal State Northridge delivered in the 97th minute Friday night at Matador Soccer Field to clinch its first win of the season in a 2-1 overtime affair versus Houston.  Senior Brittanie Sakajian scored the game winning goal, her first of 2013.

Double The Heroics: Not only did Sakajian secure the first victory of the season with her goal in overtime, teammate Breanna McCallum kept the Matadors alive after tying the score 1-1 on a goal scored with just a second left in regulation.  IT was McCallum’s second goal of the year.  The freshman leads the Matadors with five points on the year.

Head Of Gold: Despite falling to Texas Tech 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, junior Hannah Wissler recorded her first career goal as a Matador after heading in a free kick in the second half of play.  Goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya totaled six saves in the match.

LONG BEACH STATE

Three’s Company: With back-to-back Long Beach victories coming on Friday  night and on Sunday evening, the 49ers have now won their last three games and have netted a total of eight goals collectively.  Long Beach improved to 2-1 at George Allen Field.  Since 2009, the 49ers are 15-9-4 at home. The 49ers take to the road this week as they head to Georgia on Friday and Auburn on Sunday.

Keep Them Coming: Long Beach State scored four goals on Friday for its largest winning margin this season, beating Cincinnati 4-1 with an 11-5 shot advantage.  Sophomore Elizabeth Lyons paced the 49ers with a goal and three assists in the match.  Her altperformance on Friday earned her a spot in the school record books as she sits in a tie for second with three assists in a single game.

Shutout: Sophomore goalkeeper Kaci McCain recorded a season-best four saves against Loyola Marymount on Sunday.  McCain celebrated her first career shoutout in the outing and improves to 3-0 on the season.

UC DAVIS

Seeking Redemption: The Aggies traveled to the City by the Bay for the San Francisco Tournament last weekend falling in both games to San Francisco and No. 18 Cal.   UC Davis is looking for redemtpion as it travels to Utah for matches against Utah and Utah Valley beginning on Friday.

First Half Promise: Led by Taylor Jern in goal, the Aggies were able to hold off San Francisco through the first 45 minutes, maintaining a shutout in the first half on Friday.  In a similar fashion Sunday, Davis fought to keep a 1-0 deficit in the first half before Cal broke it open scoring three goals in the second half for a 4-0 finish.  Jern picked up three saves Friday and another four on Sunday for a total of seven over the weekend.

Roadies: The Aggies will continue their league high nine-match road trip, seeking their first victory on the road this season.  In the 2012 campaign, Davis finished the season 5-3-1 at home and 2-4-1 away.

UC IRVINE

Catching Fire: While on an Oregon road trip, the Anteaters added two victories to their record improving to .500 on the season.  UC Irvine scored a total of four goals over the weekend and allowed just one  versus Oregon on Sunday after shutting out Oregon State Friday.

Momentum Swing: Oregon State got off to a fast start on Friday, firing off four shots within the first 20 minutes.  But Laura McGrail netted her first goal of the night for the ‘Eaters in the 13th minute, breaking up the Beavers’ momentum and gaining possesion of the ball.  McGrail scored again in the second half, with an insurance goal, securing a 2-0 victory.  The junior’s two goals match Natalia Ledezma’s two scored against UNLV earlier this season, creating a tie for the most goals scored in a single match in 2013.

Early Advantage: Jenna Pellegrino put the Anteaters on the board in the first three minutes against Oregon after scoring on a cross from teammate Zoya Farzaneh for a 1-0 lead.  Farzaneh picked up an assist and a game winner as she scored in the 74th minute for the 2-1 final.

UC RIVERSIDE

Overtime Bliss: After a disappointing 2-0 loss versus UTEP Friday, UC Riverside finished on top in a 2-1 overtime decision versus New Mexico State Sunday.  Senior Andrea Morales ended the game in the 95th minute, nabbing the fifth game winner of her career.

PK Power: To take a 1-0 lead, sophomore Crystal Lopez recorded her first goal of 2013 by punching home a penalty kick in the 32nd minute of play aginst the Aggies.

Overtime Overture: The Highlanders have played in three overtime matches this season posting a 2-0-1 record.  UCR has fared well in matches that go the extra distance, owning a 9-2-6 mark since the 2011 season.

Looking Ahead: With two upcoming games this weekend, the Highlanders face Fresno State at home Friday and travel to Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.

UC SANTA BARBARA

It’s Good To Be Home:  UC Santa Barbara took both of its games at home last weekend with a 1-0 overtime victory against former Big West school Pacific and a 1-0 advantage over Cincinnati to improve to 3-2-1.  The Gauchos will host Cal State Bakersfield at Harder Stadium  Friday before making a trip to San Jose State Sunday.

Ahead Of The Competition: Three minutes into overtime on Friday, junior Miranda Cornejo connected with the ball and scored on a header to win 1-0 over the Tigers.

Tricky Tactics: Angelisa Cortez maneuvered a corner kick for the Gauchos after chasing down a Pacific defender and knocking the ball off of the opponent.  The ensuing service off the corner resilted in Cornejo’s game winner.

Team Effort: Sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter recorded two shutout wins over the weekend and improved to 2-0-1 on the season.  Between both games, Ritter needed just a single save in order to blank her opponents.

HAWAI‘I

Finding Their Groove: No one would know that the Rainbow Wahine started out the season with back-to-back losses after taking both games last weekend in a 1-0 shutout win against Oregon on Friday and a repeat 1-0 shutout victory versus Oregon State Sunday on its first road trip of the 2013 season.

Road Slump No More: Hawai’i has already managed to win more games on the road than it did all of last season.  The Rainbow Wahine were looking to improve on last year’s road slump after going 1-8-1 away from the islands and were able to deliver.  Hawai’i now stands at 2-0 on the road as it returns home for a pair of games this weekend before its next trip to Arizona on September 20th.

On The Board: On Friday against Oregon, freshman Kama Pascua scored her first career goal, a game-winner, which doubled as UH’s first goal of 2013.  Pascua found the net on a corner kick that teammate Storm Kenul redirected in order for Pascua to put it away.