UC Santa Barbara Entertains Big West Leader Cal Poly
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This Week in the Big West - October 21-27, 2013
UC Santa Barbara hosts Big West leader Cal Poly Friday as the Gauchos look to strengthen their possibility of a berth to the Big West Tournament. A win for UCSB would put the Gauchos within a game of the lead as Santa Barbara looks to make its first tournament appearance since 2009 when the Gauchos brought home the title.
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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Hot Streak: With a 1-0 victory over conference foe Cal State Fullerton Friday and a 3-1 win versus UC Riverside Sunday, Cal Poly has now gone unbeaten in back-to-back weekends. Elise Krieghoff nabbed the shutout win, topping the Titans on a penalty kick and scored again against the Highlanders along with teammates Megan Abutin and Kendra Bonsall. Haley Walker picked up two assists and Abutin accounted for the third.
Sophomore Sensation: With another two goals this past weekend, Elise Krieghoff continnues to climb the ranks in both the Big West and the CP record books. With an 18 goal total in 2013, the sophomore is now third in the conference record book for goals scored in a single season and sits at No. 5 for points earned in a single season with 39. Krieghoff now owns another Cal Poly record, claiming the No. 1 spot with her 39 points this season and is fifth with 61 total career points. With 29 career goals scored, Krieghoff owns fourth place in the Cal Poly record book.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Back On Track: After dropping its first match of the weekend to Cal Poly in a 1-0 decision Friday, Cal State Fullerton turned it around on Sunday and clinched a 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara to end its two-game losing streak.
Buzzer Beater: With just two minutes left in regulation, senior Nikki McCants scored the game-winning goal against the Gauchos to secure the victory on Titan territory. The Titans have only dropped a single game at home this season for a 6-1-3 home record to tie with UC Santa Barbara for the second best record on the home pitch in 2013 just behind Cal Poly. CSF is 25-18-10 at Titan Stadium over the last five seasons.
Shutout Speak: With the victory Sunday, Fullerton picked up its sixth shutout of the season. The Gauchos currently lead the Big West with nine shutouts on the season as CSF shares the No. 3 spot with Cal Poly.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Rough Patch: Coming off of a scoreless second week of conference play, Cal State Northridge was unable to find the net for a second weekend in a row as the Matadors fell 1-0 in a double overtime decision to UC Davis. Northridge has now played five games without picking up a win, its longest winless streak since September of 2012.
Measuring Up: Two Northridge individuals broke into the top five in Big West statistics this week in one offensive and one defensive category. Brittanie Sakajian comes in at No. 4 in shots fired with 35 and goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya ranks fifth in conference with 53 saves on the season.
Homecoming: CSUN returns home for a pair of Big West matches as it entertains Long Beach State and UC Irvine this weekend. The Matadors look to snap their winless streak and record their first victory in league play.
LONG BEACH STATE
Conference Strong: With a 2-1 victory over UC Irvine Thursday and a 0-0 double overtime draw versus Hawai‘i Sunday, Long Beach State continued to thrive in conference play as it has now gone unbeaten in four straight matches, a feat that has not occurred since 2011. This is the first season since 2010 that the 49ers have only recorded a single loss within the first five games of Big West play. In addition, the Beach remains unbeaten in its last six games on the home pitch.
Black and Blue No More: The 49ers avenged their 2012 loss to the Anteaters in the Black and Blue Rivalry and clinched a sweet victory over their cross-town rival at Anteater Stadium.
New Kid On The Block: Freshman Mimi Rangel came up clutch in Thursday’s victory scoring both goals in the 2-1 decision. Rangel took the lead for the 49ers in the 22nd minute and found the net again in the 53rd minute fresh after the break to put away what would be the game winner. The first year now leads LBSU with five goals on the season with three game winners and is tied for third in the Big West in goals scored.
First Big West Win: After a hiccup dropping its home opener in a 2-0 decision to Hawai‘i Thursday, UC Davis picked up its first Big West victory over Cal State Northridge in a 1-0 double overtime affair Sunday. The Aggies have now reached overtime decisions in two league games thus far and have exceeded regulation four times this season. Davis is 1-0-3 in those games and is 5-1-8 in overtime decisions since 2010.
Standouts: With just four minutes remaining in the second overtime period Sunday, senior Ashley Edwards earned her third game-winning goal of the season to clinch the first victory in Big West play. Goalkeeper Taylor Jern continued to dominate in the back as she recorded four saves in the win for her fourth shutout of 2013.
Aggies Pack Their Bags: UCD heads to the road for a pair of southern California matches versus UC Riverside Thursday and Cal State Fullerton Sunday. The last time the teams met the Aggies picked up a 2-1 win over the Highlanders and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Titans.
Speedbump: UC Irvine’s three game undefeated streak came to a close as Long Beach State handed the ’Eaters their second loss in conference play after a 2-1 decision at Anteater Stadium. Thursday’s game marked Irvine’s first league loss at home.
Offensive Threats: UC Irvine, Cal Poly, Hawai‘i and UC Santa Barbara all have multiple scorers in the top ten for most goals scored this season in the Big West. Laura McGrail and Natalia Ledezma represent the Anteaters and have combined for a total of nine goals scored in 2013.
Tournament Talk: After three games at home, UCI will take to the road before returning to the OC for its final regular season matchup with Cal State Fullerton. With nine points in conference, the ’Eaters are chasing Cal Poly for a shot at the regular season title. Irvine boasts a 4-3 win over Cal Poly, which potentially could impact tournament seeding and title implications.
Never Too Late: Senior defender Jordan Bruce connected for her first career goal in the game versus the 49ers.
Uncharacteristic: Fresh off of a win over Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside suffered two tough losses after a 1-0 overtime decision Friday to UC Santa Barbara and a 3-1 finish at Cal Poly Sunday. This is just the second time this season that UCR dropped back-to-back decisions.
Defensive Efforts: Goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas held the Gauchos scoreless through regulation and picked up seven saves in the outing. Silas now has 71 saves on the season, just five behind the Big West leader, Lindsey Maricic of Cal State Fullerton. Silas also owns the fourth-best saves percentage in league at .798.
Looking Ahead: After struggling in their road matches last weekend, the Highlanders look forward to the chance to host Big West foe UC Davis and non-conference opponent Montana at UCR Soccer Stadium this weekend. This is the final non-league matchup of the regular season for all of the Big West participants. With two conference games remaining on the schedule, Riverside looks to finish in the top four in league in order to claim a spot in the Big West Tournament.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Everything Counts: UC Santa Barbara seems to be following a one-goal trend as 11 of its games have now been decided by a single-goal margin. The Gauchos split their games last weekend after a 1-0 overtime victory versus UC Riverside Friday and a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton Sunday. Fifty-one of UCSB’s games in the last five seasons have been decided by a lone goal. The Gauchos also have played in seven straight one-goal games.
Fresh Face Makes Big Difference: With seven starters sidelined on Friday due to injury, freshman McKinsey Martinez capitalized on her chance to make her presence known as she netted her first career goal and game winner in the 94th minute. In just her second appearance this season, the newcomer brought home Santa Barbara’s third league victory.
Ritter Shutout Regular Occurrence: Goalkeeper Beth Ritter posted her eighth shutout of the season in the UCR win to tie for tenth-most in school history. All nine UCSB victories this season have come via shutout.
Milestones: For the first time in conference play Hawai‘i went unbeaten over the weekend and recorded its first-ever road win in a Big West match with a 2-0 shutout win over UC Davis Thursday.
Freshman Writes New Record: In the second straight road shutout for goalkeeper Monk Berger after a 0-0 double overtime draw Sunday, the true freshman recorded her sixth clean sheet of the season, to surpass three other Rainbow Wahine for a new UH single season record. The Big West single-season record for shutouts currently stands at 12. The freshman also tops two categories in the Big West ranks as she owns fewest goals against with UC Irvine’s Jenn Randazzo and comes in at No. 1 in the conference with a 0.63 goals-against average.
Coming To A Close: Hawai‘i returns home for its last two scheduled games as it entertains UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge. The Rainbow Wahine will close out the regular season this weekend, looking to qualify for its first Big West Tournament.