Cal Poly Coach Alex Crozier Seeks 200th Win
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This Week in the Big West - October 28-November 3, 2013
Women's Soccer Release No. 11
Cal Poly's Alex Crozier seeks his 200th win as a Big West head coach as the Mustangs travel to UC Davis for their final regular season matchup. Crozier's squad looks to bring home the title with a win or a tie Thursday night to secure the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Grass Is “Greener” In San Luis Obispo: With a 2-1 victory Friday, Cal Poly took the Blue-Green rivalry over UC Santa Barbara to improve to 6-1 in league. With the victory, the Mustangs own at least a share of the Big West Conference regular-season title.
Pair Makes Twenty: Sophomore Elise Krieghoff contributed two goals in the Friday night win, bringing her to 20 goals scored on the season. The last time someone in the Big West netted as many goals was in 2002. Krieghoff is now just five away from tying the 25-goal conference record.
Thrive With Five: With six conference victories, the Mustangs have now won five games in a row, their longest win streak this season, edging out the four-game run Cal Poly built at the start of the season. This is the first time that CP has gone undefeated for five straight games since October 2009.
Trek to 200: With 199 overall wins in the Big West Conference, coach Alex Crozier seeks his 200th win this weekend as Cal Poly travels to UC Davis.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Late Clincher: Cal State Fullerton’s late heroics clinched the victory in the second overtime Sunday in a 1-0 shutout of UC Davis at Titan Stadium.
Overtime Success: Sunday’s match marked the seventh time the Titans have gone into overtime and the third time that CSF has won an overtime game this season. The Titans have not dropped a game in 2013 played beyond the regulation 90 minutes.
Golden Goal: Senior Erica Mazeau scored the golden goal on a penalty kick Sunday to make for a memorable Senior Day. Mazeau’s penalty kick was the ninth out of the 15 goals for the Titans scored in the 70th minute or later this season.
Big Finish: At 3-2-1 in conference, the Titans are looking to take their next two games for a spot in the Big West Tournament. Fullerton will face Long Beach State, also fighting for a tourney spot on Halloween night, and UC Irvine Sunday. Fullerton has appeared in four of the last eight Big West tournaments including three in which they brought home the title.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Back In Action: After being shutout for three games in a row, Cal State Northridge blanked Long Beach State for a 1-0 win at home Friday. With the victory the Matadors record their first conference win in 2013. UC Irvine dealt CSUN its fifth loss of league play Sunday in a 2-1 decision at Northridge.
Game Winners: Freshman Breanna McCallum scored the game’s only goal Friday on a header for her third goal of the season. McCallum’s header earned her the first game winner of her career as she secured three points with the victory for the Matadors. The first year paces the Matadors with teammate Brittanie Sakajian who also has three goals in 2013.
Last Hurrah: Northridge will travel to Hawai‘i for its final regular season matchup Sunday. The Matadors celebrated senior day Sunday to honor Amanda Smith, Haley Chee, Chloe McDaniel and Wendy Warner. The four have combined for three goals, six assists and one game winner.
LONG BEACH STATE
49ers Fall: Long Beach State dropped its first game in three weeks in a 1-0 decision to Cal State Northridge Friday in its single game last weekend. The Matadors snapped LBSU’s four-game unbeaten streak, its greatest all season. The 49ers have been shutout in all six of their losses while recording four clean sheets of their own.
Big West Shakeout: Long Beach sits in sixth place in the conference standings after last weekend’s match with a total of eight points to trail fourth place teams, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara by a single point.
Tournament Talk: With two games left in the regular season, the 49ers look for an opportunity to play in the Big West tournament for the seventh time in the last nine years. The Beach has two tournament titles and has made four NCAA appearances in post season play for the Big West. LBSU will host Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside this weekend.
Splitsville: UC Davis split its games last weekend after a 2-1 decision over UC Riverside Thursday and a 1-0 double overtime loss to Cal State Fullerton Sunday. The Aggies picked up their second straight conference win after beating the Highlanders.
Keeping it Close: Sunday’s match marked the third game in a row that a single goal decided the outcome of the matchup and the ninth time this season that the victorious team edged out its opponent with a single goal. Five of those nine matches ended in Davis’ favor.
Strong in Overtime: While the Aggies dropped an overtime affair to Cal State Fullerton last weekend, it marked the first loss Davis suffered all season in an overtime effort.
The Aggies are 1-1-3 in those matches.
Stingy Backline: UCD has only given up two goals in its last three outings while goalkeeper Taylor Jern picked up nine saves in those matches. Jern comes in at No. 4 in the Big West with a .772 save percentage.
Big Wins: UC Irvine clinched back-to-back victories last weekend with 2-1 wins over Hawai‘i Thursday and Cal State Northridge Sunday. The Anteaters picked up six points to get within a game of No. 1 Cal Poly. Both teams have a final game remaining on their regular season schedules. Irvine earned its sixth trip to the Big West Tournament in the last seven seasons and looks to clinch its second tournament title.
One Up: Sunday’s win marked the Anteaters’ tenth victory, an improvement from last season in which Irvine amassed a total of nine wins.
First Half Flurries: Goals from Laura McGrail and Bianca Frontino in the first half Thursday secured the 2-1 road victory. This marked the eighth match decided in the first half this season and the fifth time in which the ’Eaters netted two goals in the first 45 minutes.
Game Of Numbers: Irvine will host Cal State Fullerton in its final match of the regular season. A win coupled with a Cal Poly loss would clinch the Anteaters the tourney No. 1 seed.
Setback: UC Riverside dropped its third game in a row to UC Davis in a 2-1 deficit Thursday. Although the Highlanders have not recorded a win in their last three games, they have recorded two goals in those outings.
Measuring Up: Thursday’s loss brought Riverside to .500 in conference play where it sits tied with UC Santa Barbara in fourth place. UCR hosts Montana Friday in a non conference matchup, the final non conference game of any Big West team, before traveling to Long Beach State Sunday for its final regular season game of 2013.
Trending: The last time the Highlanders dropped three in a row, they came back to win back-to-back matches.
Quick Out Of the Blocks: Riverside held onto a 1-0 lead through the first half, but the Aggies scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute of play. Of UCR’s 17 goals scored this season, nine were netted in the first half while six came in the second half of the matches.
UC SANTA BARBARA
One Away: Coming off of a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara suffered a similar fate after losing 2-1 to Cal Poly Friday. This marked the 12th time this season for the Gauchos that a game was decided by a one-goal margin. The Gauchos have now played eight straight one-goal games.
Going Out With A Bang: In her final game at home, senior Allie Ariniello scored her fifth goal of the season and career in the 80th minute Friday. Ariniello’s five goals tie for four in the Big West.
Take Them To The Tourney: The Gauchos will play their final game of the regular season on Sunday at UC Davis. Santa Barbara looks for its first berth to the Big West Tournament since 2009 when the Gauchos clinched the title. UCSB comes in at No. 3 in the league record book with two tournament titles under its belt. Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton pace the conference with three titles each.
Impending Improvement: UC Irvine snapped Hawai‘i’s two-game undefeated streak in a 2-1 decision on the Big Island Thursday. While the Rainbow Wahine were unable to take the Anteaters, they look to match their three conference wins from 2012 with their final regular season match versus Cal State Northridge Sunday.
A First For Freshman: The first 15 minutes of Thursday’s duel saw three goals for a fast and furious start. With less than a minute played upon entering the game, freshman T.J. Reyno found the back of the net to put UH within a goal of the visiting ’Eaters. Reyno recorded her first career goal as a Rainbow Wahine.
Young Talent: In her inaugural campaign, goalkeeper Monk Berger made her first start in the second game of the 2013 season and has made an appearance in all but one game since. The freshman has recorded a total of six shutouts on the season and has held her opponents to 14 goals against.