UC Riverside Looks To Maintain Perfect Record In Conference Play
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This Week in the Big West - October 7-13, 2013
Women's Soccer Release No. 8
For the First time since 2005, UC Riverside looks to remain undefeated in league as the Highlanders travel to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly for a pair of conference matches this week.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Strong in San Luis Obispo: With a 2-0 shutout win over Long Beach State Friday, Cal Poly snapped its six-game losing streak for an inaugural victory in conference play. In their first weekend at home after a six-game road expedition, the Mustangs recorded their first win in four weeks and scored a total of five goals in their two games after falling 4-3 to UC Irvine Sunday.
Krieghoff Climbs To The Top: Elise Krieghoff recorded four goals over the weekend, making it the third weekend this season in which the sophomore recorded three or more goals. Krieghoff netted two goals in the shutout of Long Beach State and another two in the loss to the Anteaters to total 15 goals this season. Krieghoff is now tied for No. 1 in the Cal Poly record book for goals scored in a single season and is also tied for eighth in the Big West record book with 15 goals. Having recorded 26 career goals up to this point, the sophomore’s efforts earn her a No. 6 spot at Cal Poly in that category. Krieghoff claimed a Big West record with four Player Of The Week honors this season, the most in the league’s history.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Back-To-Back: Coming off of a 2-1 win over Gonzaga, Cal State Fullerton opened league play with a 2-1 overtime victory versus Hawai‘i Friday to record its first back-to-back wins of the season. The last time the Titans won back-to-back games was in October of 2012.
Overtime Overtures: As both of Fullerton’s games went into overtime this past weekend, CSF has played the greatest number of matches that have gone into extra periods compared to its Big West counterparts. Fullerton has played six games this season that relied on overtime decisions and it remains undefeated in those affairs. The Titans are 2-0-4 in overtime matches this season and are 8-8-8 in overtime matches over the last four seasons.
Rematch: Sunday’s game marked the 2012 Big West Tournament Finals rematch between CSF and Cal State Northridge. Having fell by a narrow 1-0 loss in overtime last year, the Titans battled through double overtime for a 1-1 finish.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Looking Ahead: After a 3-1 loss on the road to UC Riverside Friday and a 1-1 double overtime draw Sunday, Cal State Northridge looks to improve as it hosts Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara this weekend. The Matadors are out to qualify for their fourth-straight Big West Tournament.
Rebound: Northridge lost its first conference opener since the 2008 season when it fell at UCR Friday. At 0-1-1 the Matadors have not gone winless in Big West play through 3 games since 2007.
Saves Set Pace: The Matadors held onto a 1-0 lead versus Fullerton until the 72nd minute when the Titans found the net on a header. Both goalkeepers, Cynthia Tafoya (CSUN) and Lindsey Maricic (CSF), recorded nine saves in the contest. Tafoya tied her season-high in saves that ranks fifth in the Big West for a single match. The nine saves are the most in a single match in league play.
LONG BEACH STATE
Conference Split: Long Beach State split its games last weekend after dropping its league opener to Cal Poly 2-0 Friday and claiming a 2-1 shutout victory Sunday.
Bested: In its first league win of the season, LBSU established season bests in total attempts with 16 and in shots on goal with eight.
Big West Starts: Last season the Beach had an identical record in the opening weekend of conference play going 1-1 in its first two matches. Over the last five seasons, LBSU is 6-3-1 in the first weekend of league play.
Black and Blue: The 49ers travel to UC Irvine for a cross-town showdown Sunday to continue the historic series with a traditional Black and Blue match. Last year the two universities finished the 8th Annual Black and Blue Rivalry series in a 25-25 draw (The universities accumulate points for every head-to-head BWC or MPSF matchup in addition to a few other avenues in which the schools may accumulate points). When women’s soccer met last season, the Anteaters clinched a 1-0 double overtime win.
League Looms: Coming off of its first win since the beginning of September, UC Davis will open conference play with a pair of games in southern California. The Aggies take on Long Beach State Friday and UC Irvine Sunday. UCD is 1-2-2 on the road this season and is 15-19-3 away from the home pitch over the last five seasons. The Aggies close out a nine-match roadtrip this week before hosting Hawai‘i and Cal State Northridge the following week.
Goalkeeper Grind: After a week of rest, junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern now comes in at No. 3 in the conference for total saves with a total of 51. The keeper will battle LBSU goalie, Kaci McCain, who currently edges Jern with a .775 save percentage. Jern comes in fifth in the Big West with a .773 save percentage.
By The Numbers: The Aggies are 1-2-1 in Big West openers over the last four seasons and are 9-13-3 over the last three seasons in conference play.
Close Battles: UC Irvine split its first two games of conference play after falling to Santa Barbara 1-0 Friday and defeating Cal Poly 4-3 Sunday.
Undeterred: UCI dropped its first conference opener since the 2008 season but quickly turned it around as the it returned to the pitch Sunday and beat the Mustangs 4-3. UCI recorded its largest number of goals scored in a single game this season in San Luis Obispo. Irvine had not scored four or more goals in a game since October 30, 2011 in a 5-0 shutout victory over UC Riverside.
Revenge Minded: In 2012 Cal Poly dealt the Anteaters their only Big West loss of the season. Four different Anteaters recorded goals in this year’s meeting to ensure a different outcome.
Tobin’s Ticket: Corey Tobin returned in goal for the first time since the fourth match of the season, replacing main starter Jenn Randazzo, and collected three saved in each match last weekend.
Making A Statement: For the first time since 2005, UC Riverside defeated its first two league opponents to stand alone atop the Big West. Going undefeated in the first weekend of conference play, UCR clinched its first back-to-back victories of the season.
Offensive Showing: The Highlanders caught fire and scored the largest number of goals in a single game this season versus Cal State Northridge (3) and amassed the largest number of goals in a weekend this season (5). The last time UCR scored five or more goals over a weekend was Sept. 9-12 last year when the Highlanders netted five goals total in two matches played.
Saving Silas: En route to earning a Big West Player Of The Week nod, sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas picked up ten saves over the weekend for a total (47) that now ranks fourth in the Big West. Looking to continue the success in conference play, Silas will battle the Fullerton back line led by Lindsey Maricic who is currently leading the Big West with 69 saves and a .885 save percentage.
UC SANTA BARBARA
50/50: On the heels of a loss to No. 16 Denver, UC Santa Barbara answered with a 1-0 shutout victory in its conference opener over UC Irvine Friday. The Gauchos then fell to Long Beach State 2-1 Sunday. The 49ers dealt UCSB just their second loss of the season at home.
Great Wall Of Ritter: Sophomore goalkeeper Beth Ritter recorded her sixth shutout this season and picked up five saves in the process in the UCI win. Ritter leads the Big West with six clean sheets and needs just two more to enter the UCSB record book. The Santa Barbara record for shutouts in a single season by a player currently stands at 13 set in 1989 while the Big West record stands at 12 set in 2011.
More Shutout Speak: Ritter’s six shutout victories combined with Makenna Henry’s single shutout victory, rank tenth in the UCSB record book for most shutout victories in a single season -- a feat that has not occurred since 2008. The record stands at 12 shutout victories, achieved by the 1985, 1989 and 1990 squads.
Rocky Road: After back-to-back victories the week prior to league play, Hawai‘i was unable to continue the momentum and fell in both of its games last weekend. The Rainbow Wahine suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to Cal State Fullerton Friday and were blanked by UC Riverside in a 2-0 loss Sunday.
Vying for Victory: Friday marked the second straight year that UH suffered an overtime loss to the Titans, as last season CSF netted a goal with 79 seconds left in double-overtime. Hawai‘i looked to nab its first road win in Big West play after an 0-4-1 mark last season. However, the Rainbow Wahine return home this week where they are 9-4-2 in their last 15 matches.
League Looks: Hawai‘i hosts UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly this week as it looks to improve its record at home. Last season the Bows dropped both of its games to their upcoming opponents and are out to avenge the losses. UH finished the 2012 season 3-5-1 in its inaugural campaign in the Big West.