Long Beach State Women's Soccer Cracks Top-25
Women's Soccer Release No. 3
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Shutout: Cal Poly suffered its second loss of the season in a 2-0 shutout versus Florida Atlantic (2-1-1) at home, Sunday. The last time the Mustangs were shutout was on Sept. 29, 2013 at Santa Clara in a 4-0 finish. CP suffered five shutouts last season while blanking its opponents a total of seven times.
Trouble At Home: Sunday’s match marked just the second loss at home for the Mustangs in 14 games, dating back to the 2012 season.
Fire Away: Cal Poly outshot the Owls 15-5 altogether, allowing just three shots on goal to the Mustangs’ seven. Junior Elise Krieghoff paced her squad with four on target. CP also outshot Florida Atlantic 6-0 in the first half of play.
Krieghoff Count: The junior forward is currently tied for second in the conference, with Long Beach State’s Mimi Rangel, with 14 shots taken this season just behind Long Beach State’s Ashley Gonzales who leads the Big West with 15. Krieghoff’s first and only goal of the season thus far came on Aug. 24 versus Lamar at home.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Overtime, Again: In the second two games of Cal State Fullerton’s four-game homestand, Denver and Georgia dealt the Titans a couple heartbreakers in a 2-1 double overtime loss Friday and a 2-1 overtime loss Sunday, respectively. In just four games played so far, the Titans have played a total of five overtime periods. Fullerton is 13-12-22 in extra time during Demian Brown’s coaching career at CSF.
New Kid On The Block: Freshman Tala Haddad netted her first collegiate goal Sunday on a pass from defender Kelsey Nix. Haddad’s netter would take the Titans into overtime.
Out Of Character: CSF has lost three straight matches for the first time since Aug. 26-Sept. 11, 2011 when the Titans suffered a four-game losing streak. Fullerton had not lost three straight matches at home since the 2008 campaign.
Come From Behind: The Titans have yet to score first in a match this season as all of their goals have been equalizers. All three of CSF’s goals in 2014 have come after the 79th minute.
Utes Come Out On Top: Utah improved to 3-0-1 on its season as CSUN struggled on the road in a 2-0 loss Sunday. The Matadors look for their first victory of 2014 as they host Gonzaga in their home opener, Friday.
Offensive Efforts: CSUN was outshot 10-8 in its lone game last weekend and was unable to draw a corner kick while Utah took five. With three games under their belt, the Matadors look to find the back of the net for the first time this season.
Home is Where The Wins Are: While CSUN went scoreless through three games last season from Oct. 10-20 in conference play, the Matadors rebounded to record a 1-0 shutout victory at home versus Long Beach State on Oct. 25. CSUN posted a 5-4 record at home last year.
Save Savvy: Junior Cynthia Tafoya posted five saves Sunday for an 11-save season total. Tafoya’s efforts rank sixth-best in the Big West.
LONG BEACH STATE
Making Noise: Long Beach State recorded a weekend sweep in a 3-2 win over Georgia Friday and a 2-1 win over Denver, Sunday. The 49ers are unbeaten at home in 2014 and have ushered in a No. 23 national ranking in the NSCAA Coaches Poll.
Milestone: With Friday night’s victory, Long Beach recorded the program’s 200th victory, 117 of which have come under the direction of Mauricio Ingrassia in his 11 years at the helm.
NCAA Opponent: While Denver has advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, Long Beach displayed a dominating 16-6 shot advantage over the Pioneers, Sunday. The Beach also recorded a season-high nine corner kicks while allowing zero.
Sanders Celebration: Junior Hannah Sanders scored the game-winner over Denver to mark her first goal of the season and the fourth of her career in the black and gold.
Freshman Phenom: First year Ashley Gonzales netted two goals, including the game-winner Friday, and is tied for first in the Big West with the pair of goals on the season.
SWEEP: In the second weekend of play, UC Davis recorded back-to-back 1-0 wins over San Jose State Friday and Quinnipiac, Sunday. The Aggies improve to 3-1 in 2014 and recorded their first overtime match en route to a weekend sweep.
Hughes Comes Up Huge: Junior Haley Hughes scored her first goal of the season in the first two minutes of overtime Sunday, to give UCD its first overtime win on the year. This marked Hughes’ third collegiate netter.
Back-To-Back: The last time the Aggies took two games in a weekend was Oct. 20 and 23, 2011 to complete a five-game win-streak. Davis finished the 2011 campaign with an 11-7-1 mark for a third place finish in league.
#BWCWords: Head coach Twila Kaufman on the weekend: “I’m really proud of this team to take care of its home field and earn two wins...This game always comes down to players making the proper decisions and making plays. Today, everyone contributed to this result.”
Road Blues: UC Irvine remains on the hunt to record its first win of 2014 after falling 3-0 at Auburn and 2-1 in overtime to Indiana at the Auburn Soccer Classic. The ’Eaters head home for a seven-game homestand.
Freshman Shines: While the Anteaters struggled to record a win, they found the back of the net for the first time this season as freshman Grayson Galbraith scored her first collegiate goal in the 48th minute, Sunday. Galbraith’s goal is the first for a freshman since Sammie James found the net to open the 2013 season. Jenna Pellegrino recorded her fifth career assist on the connection with Galbraith.
Taking Chances: Bianca Frontino and Cami Privett lead UCI with four shots each with two on target. The Anteaters have taken a collective 19 shots on the season, the fewest of the conference thus far. Cal State Fullerton paces the Big West with 58.
Randazzo Rules: Goalkeeper Jennifer Randazzo leads the Big West with 21 saves to her name, more than any program’s total at this point in the season. Randazzo boasts 142 career stops.
Still Undefeated: After battling to a 2-2 double overtime tie Sunday, UC Riverside remains undefeated in 2014 through three matches. This is the first time since 2008 that the Highlanders are unbeaten at this point in the season. The last time Riverside went unbeaten in three games was Sept. 7-9, 2012 when UCR went 2-0-1 in those games as well. That does not include the Big West Tournament last season in which the Highlanders won two in a row and did not advance after Cal State Fullerton moved on to the NCAA tourney after penalty kicks.
Fight To The Finish: Riverside took an early 1-0 lead on a netter from Tyler Cunningham in the 9th minute before SDSU knotted the score at 1-1 in the 35th minute. San Diego took a 2-1 lead with just under thirty minutes to play in regulation before Celina Valencia scored her first goal of the season on an assist from Amanda Apelian in the 71st minute.
No Trouble With The Goal: The Highlanders pace the conference with nine goals on the season and are tied for the second-least goals allowed at four.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Roadies: UC Santa Barbara suffered its first loss of the 2014 campaign on the road in a 2-0 shutout loss at Dayton before ending in a 2-2 double overtime finish Sunday at Cincinnati.
First Timers: Senior Madison Beckley and sophomore Dakota Griggs each scored their first goals of the season Sunday to help the Gauchos battle to a stalemate on the road.
#BWCWords: Head coach Paul Stumpf on weekend: “We had a lot of players who played well all weekend. Sydney Fuertes, Chace Schornstein, Kelly McGrath and Geneve Dromensk all did very well in both games.”
Shots Were Fired: In sticking with the theme of getting more points, Santa Barbara now has 55 shots on the season, the second-best in the Big West while 25 of those have been on goal, the most in the league. The Gauchos continue to push their offensive efforts and have forced 25 corner kicks, also the second-best mark in the conference. Last season UCSB totaled 65 corner kicks; however, if the Gauchos continue on this pace, they could take around 118 corner kicks.
Champions: With a 3-2 win over Northern Illinois Thursday and a 2-1 victory over Seattle Monday, Hawai‘i captured the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi championship on an overtime goal from Krystal Pascua in the 92nd minute.
Sister, Sister: Younger sister, sophomore Kama Pascua, fed the ball to the top of the box where Krystal Pascua was waiting to fire a shot that found the net on the far post for the second goal of her senior season.
All-Tournament: Ryan Daniel, Storm Kenui, Kama Pascua and T.J. Reyno were named to the All-Tournament Team while Krystal Pascua’s efforts earned her the Most Valuable Player distinction.
The Stats Don’t Lie: The Rainbow Wahine bested its weekend opponents in all categories beginning with Northern Illinois: total shots attempted (17-10), shots on goal (9-3), and saves (6-1). UH also outperformed Seattle in total shots attempted (14-9), shots on goal (8-3), and saves (6-2).