UC Irvine Looks To Build Off Upset of No. 6 BYU
Women's Soccer Release No. 5
UC Irvine defeated No. 6 BYU in a 1-0 upset on Saturday for its biggest win against a ranked opponent in school history. The Anteaters improve to 4-3 on the season and travel to Loyola Marymount Friday before returning home to host Washington State Sunday.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Speedbump: After facing two ranked opponents this weekend on the road, No. 10 Baylor and No. 20 Texas A&M dealt Cal Poly its first losses of 2013 after a 4-0 undefeated streak at the start of the season. The Mustangs continue their six-game road trip as they travel to Oregon State (1-6-1) and Seattle (2-2-2) at the end of this week.
Battle At Baylor: Cal Poly is now 1-1 against Baylor all-time after its first meeting in 2003 when the Mustangs clinched a 1-0 victory at home. Baylor stands as the highest ranked opponent on Cal Poly’s current schedule and the Mustangs will not face another ranked opponent until Santa Clara on Sept. 29.
Record Review: Cal Poly’s 4-2 record is the best for the program since 2005 when the Mustangs went 5-0-1 in their first six matches. The 2005 squad had only faced one ranked opponent at that time, No. 28 Arizona, in a home match that resulted in a 0-0 (2OT) draw. Arizona ended the 2005 season with a No. 17 national ranking.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Tough Titans: Cal State Fullerton bounced back from a loss last week at Texas Tech to shutout Loyola Marymount 1-0 at home Friday evening for its fourth shutout of the season. Two days later Fullerton faced Utah State at Titan Stadium for its second match in 2013 that ended in a double overtime 0-0 draw.
Shutout Show: After playing a total of seven matches thus far, the Titans have five shutouts on the season. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic totals four while redshirt freshman Jennifer Stuart has recorded one of her own. The five shutouts in seven games played stand as the most shutouts Fullerton has ever rocorded at this point in any season. The Titans are looking to continue their streak as they face Washington State on Friday and USC on Sunday.
Maricic Magic: With a total of six saves over the weekend, three in each match, Maricic has totalled 171 saves in her career, which ranks second among Big West active leaders behind UC Santa Barbara senior goalkeeper, Makenna Henry, whose career total stands at 224.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Matadors Sparkle in Second Half: Cal State Northridge clinched its two matches last week with game winners scored in the second half of play. The Matadors took Oregon State at home 3-1 Thursday and beat Fresno State on the road 2-1 Sunday. Northridge has secured all of its 2013 victories late in the game, as its first 2-1 win came in an overtime affair versus Houston on Sept. 6.
Double Trouble: Last week’s victories mark the first time this season that the Matadors have won back-to-back games. The last time Northridge went on a win streak was at the close of October 2012 when it won three in a row in league play versus Long Beach State, Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. The Matadors will have a chance to match those three victories as they host Tulsa on Friday before welcoming San Diego on Sunday.
LONG BEACH STATE
Split Decision: Before Long Beach State headed home for its upcoming game this week, the 49ers split two games on the road with a 1-0 loss at Georgia Friday and a 2-1 overtime win at Auburn Sunday.
Bonus: After a 1-1 stalemate at the end of regulation versus Auburn on Sunday, Long Beach headed into overtime for the first time this season and came up clutch as freshman Ashley Webb scored the golden goal in the 92nd minute to lift the 49ers over the home team. Long Beach looks to improve in overtime as it struggled last season going 1-4 in extra periods.
Wonder Webb: Webb’s golden goal on Sunday marks her first goal scored as a 49er. The freshman is now tied with teammates Mimi Rangel, Hannah Sanders, and Elizabeth Lyons for the most game winners in 2013 with one.
In The Ranks: Long Beach hosts No. 11 Brigham Young Saturday as it faces its third ranked opponent this season. So far the 49ers are 1-1 against top 25 teams and are looking to follow UC Irvine’s footsteps by defeating the Cougars.
Tough Competition: Having made a trip to Utah last week, UC Davis picked up a tie and a loss after facing Utah and Utah Valley, respectively. For the first time this season, Davis exceeded the regulation 90 minutes in its 2-2 double overtime affair at Utah Friday. Utah Valley dealt the Aggies their fourth loss this season in a 2-1 finish Sunday.
Buying Time: In the last five plus seasons dating back to 2008, the Aggies are 4-6-10 in overtime matches. Davis has lost just one in overtime since 2009.
Aggie Affair To Remember: In a 1-1 standstill at Utah, redshirt freshman Ashley Kawasaki regained the lead for Davis as she put away her first-ever goal scored as an Aggie. Kawasaki is the second Aggie to score her first career goal this season following forward Andrea Damian, who scored an unassisted goal against Drake on Sept. 1 in Davis’ 3-2 victory.
Next Up: Davis faces Texas Tech for its first-ever match on Friday before traveling to New Mexico Sunday. Davis is 0-1 versus New Mexico after their inaugural meeting in 2012.
Slaying No. 6: In its lone match last week UC Irvine upset No. 6 Brigham Young, the highest-ranked opponent the ’Eaters have ever taken down in program history in a 1-0 finish in Provo, Utah. UCI’s previous highest-ranked victim was No. 11 Texas A&M in 2011.
Beating the “Best”: The ’Eaters have now tied Cal State Fullerton’s record for a victory over the highest ranked opponent in Big West history. Fullerton beat No. 6 Texas A&M on September 15, 2006 in a 2-1 victory. Before joining the Big West, UC Santa Barbara defeated No. 5 Cincinnati on Nov. 9, 1986 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as an independent university.
Thirty and Thriving: With just 31 seconds left in regulation at South Stadium Saturday, senior Natalia Ledezma brought the victory home to Irvine as she fired a shot to the left of BYU’s goalkeeper to deal the Cougars their first loss since falling to the 2012 NCAA Champion, North Carolina, in November of last year. The Cougars finished their 2012 campaign 20-2-2 and are now 4-1-1 overall in 2013.
Right Down The Middle: UC Riverside split its matches last week after a 1-0 overtime loss to Fresno State Friday and a 2-0 victory versus Cal State Bakersfield Sunday. The Highlanders repeat last week’s travel schedule as they face Southern Utah on the road Friday and Tulsa at home on Sunday.
Over Achievers: Friday’s loss marks Riverside’s fourth game decided in overtime in the 2013 campaign thus far. This season the Highlanders are 2-1-1 in overtime affairs and have played the greatest number of overtime games in the conference. Last season Riverside went into extra periods a total of seven times and went 3-1-3 in those games.
First Timer: Sophomore Alexa Bustamante scored both of Riverside’s goals on Sunday in the 2-0 shutout as she recorded her first two goals of her collegiate career -- the first in the 14th minute of play and the second in the 54th minute of play.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Win Streaking: UC Santa Barbara added two victories last weekend for a four-game win streak after defeating Cal State Bakersfield 3-0 Friday and San Jose State 2-0 Sunday. All of the Gauchos’ victories this season are shutout wins.
Defense Dominates: Between sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter’s four shutout victories and senior goalkeeper Makenna Henry’s one shutout victory, the duo has completed a feat that has not occurred in Santa Barbara program history since 1990: five shutout wins in the first eight games. The 1990 squad recorded six shutout victories within the first eight games played and went on to total 12 wins in which it blanked its opponents and finished the season with a 16-2-1 overall record.
Shared Schedule: The Gauchos will face the same two opponents as fellow conference member UC Davis this week as they travel to New Mexico for the Jack in the Box Classic. Both schools face the host Lobos and Texas Tech. Santa Barbara is looking to maintain its best start since the 2008 season.
Tournament Treasure: The University of Hawai‘i returned home last week after its historic road-sweep of the Oregon Schools to host the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic at the Waipi‘o Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The Rainbow Wahine recorded a 4-1 win over Idaho State Friday and a 5-1 loss versus Portland State Sunday.
Offensive Explosion: Hawai‘i scored its most goals in a single match this season against Idaho State in an offensive onslaught led by junior Tiana Fujimoto, who recorded a hat trick in the 4-1 victory. Fujimoto is the first member of the Rainbow Wahine to record three goals in a single match since 2009 and is only the sixth player in program history to accomplish the feat. Fujimoto now totals four goals on the season to pace Hawai‘i.
String Them Together: The Rainbow Wahine takes to the road as it faces Arizona and Northern Arizona later this week. Hawai‘i looks to record another win after Portland State snapped its three-game win streak. UH also seeks its third straight win over Pac-12 for with the Arizona matchup.