Long Beach State Looks For Strong Finish To Non-Conference Play
Long Beach State looks to improve on its three game win streak at home after defeating No. 11 BYU 1-0 Saturday in a victory that led to a Big West Player Of The Week sweep for the 49ers. Long Beach will face San Francisco (5-2-2) Thursday and San Diego Monday in its final two non-conference games of the season.
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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Road Blues: Cal Poly continued its six-game road trip with a 3-0 loss to Oregon State Friday and a 4-0 loss at Seattle Sunday. The Mustangs are now 4-4 on the season. Cal Poly will play its final two games on the road at Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara before opening conference play the following week against Long Beach State and UC Irvine.
Déjà Vu?: The Mustangs are off to an almost identical start to 2012 where they went 3-4-1 in their first eight matches. Last season Cal Poly went unbeaten in its first four games for a 3-0-1 record before losing four in a row, mirroring the team’s current situation. Last year the Mustangs went on to win another six games to finish the season 9-7-3.
Hung Up: Cal Poly will face its final non-conference ranked opponent of the season on Sunday at No. 22 Santa Clara. Santa Clara took the previous matchup between the two teams on Aug. 28, 2011 beating Cal Poly 3-0. The last time the Mustangs defeated a ranked opponent was on Sept. 25, 2009 in a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 7 California.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
One Up, One Down: Cal State Fullerton split its matches last weekend after falling to Washington State 1-0 Friday and defeating USC in a 2-1 double overtime expedition Sunday. The Titans travel to Pepperdine next for an afternoon match before hosting Gonzaga for their final non-conference showdown.
Lucky 2013: At 4-3-2 nine matches into 2013, the Titans own their best record at this point in a season since 2007. The ‘07 squad went 5-3-1 and finished out the year with a 12-8-2 overall record and went 6-2 in conference to tie Long Beach State for a first place finish in league.
Pac-12 Pace: The Titans defeated the Trojans in a memorable 2-1 win on USC territory in front of over 1,000 fans. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak to Pac-12 schools dating back to 2008. Sophomore Morgan Batcheller netted her first career goal and game-winner in the second overtime period to give Fullerton the win with just over two minutes left to play. Erica Mazeau scored the first goal for the Titans in the first half. She leafs the Titans with two goals on the year.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Split Decisions: Cal State Northridge built a three-game win streak for the first time since Nov. 4, 2012 after defeating Tulsa 1-0 Friday. However CSUN, fell to San Diego in a 2-0 finish Sunday. The Matadors have a lone match this weekend to close out non-conference play as they host Loyola Marymount Friday.
Inauguration: Sophomore Tabatha Dickson scored her first career goal as a Matador to help her team to a victory over Tulsa. Dickson is the third Matador to score her first goal in the red and black this season.
Homers: Northridge enjoys the opportunity to play LMU at Matador Soccer Field this week as the Matadors are 3-1 at home, as opposed to a 1-5 road record. In the last four seasons Northridge owns a 21-11-3 (.643) overall record on the home pitch.
Tafoya Takes Over: Sophomore Cynthia Tafoya took over starting goalkeeper in the fourth match and has not relinquished those duties. She owns a 1.55 goals against average with four wins.
LONG BEACH STATE
Cougar Calamity: At George Allen Field Saturday, Long Beach State defeated No. 11 Brigham Young, a 2012 NCAA Elite Eight participant, in a 1-0 upset for its second victory over a top 25 team this season. The 49ers were the second Big West team to defeat BYU as UC Irvine beat the Cougars the week prior in a similar 1-0 finish. Long Beach dealt BYU just its fourth loss in the Cougars’ last 32 outings.
Team Effort: The 49ers saw stellar performances from freshman Mimi Rangel and sophomore Kaci McCain, the two honorees for this week’s Big West Player Of The Week. Rangel notched the lone goal of the match in the 87th minute of the upset of BYU. Despite BYU leading the 49ers in shots fired for a 9-6 advantage, Long Beach would be the ones to put one away just 13 minutes into play on Rangel’s free kick. McCain posted several key saves to keep Long Beach alive including a stop in minute 87 that secured the victory and her second shutout of the season.
Jet Lag: UC Davis posted a loss and a tie last weekend as it fell 3-0 to No. 19 Texas Tech Friday and battled for 110 minutes to a 0-0 standstill versus New Mexico Sunday.
Road Runner: More than halfway through its nine-game road trip, UC Davis is 0-4-2 away from Aggie Soccer Field, however, remain undefeated at home. Overall, the Aggies are 2-0 at home and are 0-5-2 on foreign fields. Davis faces Pacific in its only game this week before opening league play with Long Beach State Oct. 10 and UC Irvine Oct. 13. The Aggies return home on Oct. 17 to host Hawai‘i in three weeks.
Saving Grace: Junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern posted a season and career-high 12 saves against No. 19 Texas Tech for a total of 46 saves in 2013 to lead the Big West. With 46 saves, Jern registers 47th on the national level and only needs 54 in the next nine matches to crack the top three in the Davis record book for saves in a single season. The junior ended the 2012 campaign with 84 saves in total.
Road Domination: UC Irvine logged its fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over Loyola Marymount to end its four-game road trip with a perfect 4-0 record Friday. The Anteaters strung together victories over Oregon State, Oregon, Brigham Young and LMU allowing just one goal in all four games for a 8-1 goal advantage. Junior goalkeeper Jenn Randazzo picked up her third shutout and recorded three saves in the final game of the road excursion.
Blip On The Radar Screen: Undefeated Washington State dealt the Anteaters their fourth loss of 2013 with a 4-0 victory in Irvine to close out nonconference play Sunday. The Anteaters have struggled at home this season with a 1-3 record, but keep in mind two of those losses to No. 20 California and No. 18 Denver.
Looking To League: The ’Eaters will have a week of rest before their first league match against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 4 in San Luis Obispo. Irvine heads into league play with its best record since 2011. In the 2011 campaign, the Anteaters went into their first conference matchup with a 7-2-1 record for a .750 win percentage.
Halted Highlanders: As UC Riverside looked for its third victory on the road, Southern Utah pulled out the proverbial rug in the first overtime period to saddle the Highlanders with a 1-0 loss Friday. While hoping that home field advantage would give Riverside the edge in its final showdown of the week, Tulsa’s solitare goal in the first period would be enough to blank the Highlanders Sunday. Looking to improve, Riverside will face Gonzaga, its single opponent this weekend at home, Friday. Gonzaga will be Riverside’s final non Big West oppoenent before butting heads with Cal State Northridge and Hawai‘i.
Still Kicking: Although Tulsa walked away with the win, the Highlanders outshot the Golden Hurricane 16-5. Riverside dominated both halves offensively, outshooting Tulsa 7-4 in the first half and 9-1 in the second half. The Highlanders have collectively taken 112 shots in 2013, but have been outscored 17-9 in rhe goals department. Compared to last season, UCR is exactly halfway from its 220 season total in shot attempts while on pace to match last year’s offensive output.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Winning Big: In accordance with last week’s results, it still rings true that all of UC Santa Barbara’s wins are shutout victories. After a 2-0 advantage over New Mexico Friday, the Gauchos have now recorded six shutout victories in 10 matches played.
Got Goalie?: After posting another shut-out win, sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter has now blanked her opponents five times to lead the Big West. Ritter owns a .870 save percentage to rank 33rd in the nation after not seeing a minute of action in 2012. The goalkeeper is 5-1-1 on the season allowing just three shots to cross her goal line thus far. Ritter would only need to accumulate three more shutouts in order to break into the Santa Barbara record book at No. 7. The school record for shutouts in a single season currently stands at 13 set in 1989. UCSB also set the record for most shutouts in a single season at 13 in 1989. With nine matches still to play, Ritter has the opportunity to write her name in Gaucho and league history.
More Shutout Speak: The Big West singls-season record for shutouts is 12, set in 2011.
Bows Won’t Back Down: Coming off of a rough 4-1 loss to Arizona Friday , Hawai‘i returned to the pitch with vengeance against Northern Arizona for a sweet 1-0 overtime win Sunday. The Rainbow Wahine face Hawai‘i Pacific in a mid-week matchup Wednesday, before beginning league Friday, Oct. 4.
Fujimoto Force: Junior Tiana Fujimoto scored the golden goal for a 1-0 game winner over Northern Arizona-- her third decision maker this year. Fujimoto leads the Rainbow Wahine with five goals on the season and has helped Hawai‘i win three out of four road matches in 2013. The three road victories so far this year equal the cumulative total of the previous three seasons.
Beastly Berger: Freshman goalkeeper Monk Berger posted four saves in the overtime win over the Lumberjacks to collect the third shutout on the season. Berger’s three shutouts this year in eight matches played match UH’s shutout total from the 2012 season.