Cal State Fullerton Seeks Redemption In League Opener Against Cal State Northridge
Women's Soccer Release No. 7
Coming off of a 2-1 win over Gonzaga, Cal State Fullerton heads into conference play looking to avenge its loss in the 2012 Big West Tournament final to Cal State Northridge. The Titans (5-3-3) host the Matadors (5-6-0) Sunday at 6 pm for a shot at redemption.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
There’s No Place Like Home: After a six-game road expedition, the longest road swing in program history, Cal Poly will finally return home to face its first conference opponent on Friday. To finish out their final nonleague matchups, the Mustangs fell to Saint Mary’s 2-1 Friday and lost to No. 22 Santa Clara 4-0 Sunday. Cal Poly looks to keep its 2013 home record perfect as it plays both of its matches this week at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The last time the Mustangs lost at home was on Sept. 9 of last year in a 3-1 finish versus Oregon State. The 2012 squad finished out the season with a 5-3-1 record at home. Over the last five seasons Cal Poly is 21-13-3 on its home pitch.
Krieghoff Count: With 11 goals on the season, sophomore Elise Krieghoff has now matched her season total from 2012. After netting a goal versus Saint Mary’s, , Krieghoff is currently third in the nation in points per game with 2.63 and also third in the country in goals per game with a 1.25 average. Her 22 career goals rank her No. 7 in school history.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Finishing Strong: Cal State Fullerton closed out nonconference play with a 1-1 double overtime affair at Pepperdine Friday and a 2-1 victory over Gonzaga Sunday. The Titans head into league with their strongest record since the 2005 season in which the team owned an 8-2 record heading into conference play. Fullerton looks to match the success of the ‘05 season that resulted in a 19-4-0 record with a 6-1-0 mark against Big West opponents.
Firing Squad: Pepperdine unleashed an overwhelming 34 shots in Friday’s match in which goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic picked up 15 saves, the second-most saves by a Fullerton keeper in a single match. Alumna Heidi Clauss amassed a total of 21 saves in a match versus the same opponent in 1993.
Rematch: Fullerton gets a rematch of the 2012 Big West Tournament Finals in which Cal State Northridge pulled off a 1-0 overtime victory.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
New and Improved: Cal State Northridge picked up a victory in its final nonleague match in a 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount Friday. The Matadors look ahead to conference as they gear up to play UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton on the road. Having struggled on the road earlier this season, the Matadors won their final non-conference road game against Fresno State on Sept. 19. In addition, underclassmen account for five of the Matadors’ goals scored so far this season.
Tafoya Continues To Thrive: After sophomore Cynthia Tafoya took over starting goalkeeper in the fourth match, she continues to lower her goals against average and now owns a 1.49 average heading into league with five wins.
Preston Performs: Freshman Lyndsey Preston has now started nine matches and recorded her first career goal and game-winner in last week’s victory.
Young Blood: Freshman Breanna McCallum has netted two goals this season in 10 games played. She is tied for second on her team for total goals scored.
LONG BEACH STATE
In It To Win It: After defeating San Francisco 1-0 Thursday, Long Beach State extended its win streak to three games in a row. The 49ers head into league play while leading the conference with a .600 overall win percentage. Long Beach enters Big West play with a similar record to last year when the 49ers finished their nonconference schedule 7-3. Long Beach looks to mount another win streak as it prepares to face Cal Poly and Santa Barbara on the road.
Stalemate: In the match versus San Diego Monday, the 49ers dropped a narrow 1-0 decision after battling to a scoreless tie at the close of the first half. Long Beach has now entered the break in a 0-0 stalemate seven times this season and has gone 5-2 in those contests.
Conference Recap: In the past three seasons, LBSU has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the 49ers finished fifth in conference and received an NCAA Tournament at-large berth. In 2011 and in 2010, the Beach clinched the Big West Tournament title and earned automatic NCAA bids after coming in second in the Big West both seasons.
Improvement: UC Davis clinched its first victory since Sept. 1 in a 1-0 road win over former Big West opponent, Pacific, Friday night. Davis looks for continued road improvement as the Aggies move into conference play. The Aggies close out a nine-match roadtrip in Southern California versus Long Beach State and UC Irvine this week before returning to Aggie soccer field next week. The Aggies are undefeated at 2-0 at home.
Consistency: After picking up a season and career-high 12 saves in a single match two weeks ago, junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern leads the Big West with 51 saves on the season and only needs 49 to crack the top three in the Davis record book for saves in a single season at 100. The record currently stands at 122 set in 1993.
Homefront: With just five games to play at home in 2013, this season ties with the 1993 season as the year with the fewest matches played on the home pitch.
Beware Big West: After Washington State snapped UC Irvine’s season-high four-game win streak on Sept. 22, the Anteaters are looking to put the loss behind them for a fresh start in conference.
Looking To League: After a week of rest the Anteaters travel to Santa Barbara to face the Gauchos Friday before heading to San Luis Obispo for a game against the Mustangs Sunday. UCI owns its best non-conference record since 2011 when it boasted a 7-2-1 record heading into league play.
Fast Starts: UCI has won its last four conference openers and has not lost the first game of league play since 2008 when it lost 1-0 to former Big West opponent, Pacific.
Revenge Minded: Last season UCI went 5-1-3 in league after Cal Poly dealt the Anteaters their only loss in conference play. Irvine looks to avenge the loss this weekend.
Skid Continues: A match at home did not help the UC Riverside cause as Gonzaga dealt the Highlanders a 1-0 loss Friday. Riverside has now lost a season-high three straight games.
Kicking It Up In Conference: In three of the last four seasons, UCR has entered league play with a .500 or better record. While its record currently stands at 3-7-1, the more important season is head with Big West play beginning this week. UCR seeks its first winning conference record since 2005.
Goal Getting: The Highlanders are looking to score their first goal since their 2-0 shutout victory on Sept. 15 versus Cal State Bakersfield as they prepare to face Cal State Northridge Friday and Hawai‘i Sunday.
Saving Silas: Sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas picked up five saves for the Highlanders in the Gonzaga match for a season total of 37. The 37 saves rank third in the Big West.
UC SANTA BARBARA
PK Puts It Away: A penalty kick in the 76th minute would decide the game Sunday as No. 16 Denver handed UC Santa Barbara its fourth loss of the season and second to a ranked opponent.
Looking To League: The Gauchos host UC Irvine Friday and Long Beach State Sunday for the opening weekend of conference play. In the past five seasons, Santa Barbara owns a 17-21-3 conference record.
Beckley Breaks Ranks: Junior Madison Beckley notched her fourth goal of the season and leads the Gauchos in goals scored in 2013. Beckley is tied for third in the Big West behind Cal Poly’s Elise Krieghoff with 11 and Hawai‘i’s Tiana Fujimoto with 6. Laura McGrail from UC Irvine also has four goals on the season.
Ritter Leads: Sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter places second in the Big West with a .821 save percentage behind Cal State Fullerton’s Lindsey Maricic and is first in the league in goals-against with a 0.61 average.
Bows Bring It Again: Hawai‘i maintained its momentum from its 1-0 overtime victory at Northern Arizona to take a 1-0 win over Hawai‘i Pacific in a mid-week matchup Wednesday. The Rainbow Wahine have now won back-to-back matches twice this year and look to continue the streak as they travel to the mainland for matches against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside this week.
Freshman Continues To Shine: Freshman goalkeeper Monk Berger picked up another win and another shutout victory last week to improve to 5-1 on the season. With her fourth shutout of 2013, Berger has single-handedly surpassed the total number of shutouts the team recorded in 2012. Berger has allowed the third fewest goals (7) among Big West keepers and her 0.99 goals against average is also third-best.
Fantastic Fujimoto: Junior forward Tiana Fujimoto scored yet another game-winner to make it back-to-back decision-makers including the golden goal in UH’s overtime win at Northern Arizona. The junior leads the Rainbow Wahine with six goals this season and has four game-winners on the year.