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Coming Off Of Weekend Sweep, CSUN Faces Ranked Opponent


Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 4
This Week in the Big West - September 8-14, 2014



Holding Their Own:  Back on the road, Cal Poly picked up a 2-0 shutout win over San Jose State and battled to a near victory versus No. 12 California before a goal in the 85th minute gave the Bears a come-from-behind win.  It was the second consecutive one-goal margin between the two teams when playing at Cal, as the Mustangs left with a 1-0 overtime win in 2009.

Giannetti Comes With A Cape:  Junior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti made five saves Sunday, to Cal’s one.  The keeper is currently tied for third in the conference with 18 saves this season.  Giannetti finished her sophomore campaign with 84 saves on the year, third-best in conference, and has 225 career stops which rank third in the CP record book.

In The Ranks:  The Mustangs are 0-10-1 against ranked opponents since 2009, including No. 1 North Carolina in 2010.  Four of those games were decided by a single-goal margin.

On The Road Again:  The Mustangs continue their season-long four-game road streak at Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts this weekend. 


Overtime Is The Name Of The Game:  Six games into the season, Cal State Fullerton has played five games decided in overtime after a weekend that saw a 0-0 double overtime finish at Oregon State and a 2-1 double overtime loss at Oregon.

Can’t Get Enough OT: 
The Titans tied the NCAA record in 2011 with 11 overtime matches in a single season.  If CSF continues along this pace, the Titans could set a new record.  Last season Fullerton played in eight OT matches in the regular season and two in the postseason when both the Big West Tournament semifinal match and title match went into penalty kicks.  Coach Demian Brown is now 13-13-23 all time in overtime matches in his eight years at the helm.

Titans Seek First Win:  Fullerton remains on the hunt for its first win of 2014 as it continues on the road to Fresno State and Loyola Marymount.  This is the first time in the history of the program dating back to 1993 that CSF has started the season without a win in its first six games.


Weekend Sweep:  CSUN delivered two wins in its weekend sweep of Gonzaga and San Diego in a 1-0 shutout victory and a 2-0 shutout win, respectively.  The Matadors found the net for the first time this season and improved to 2-2-1 in their first weekend at home.

First and Foremost:  Senior Leandra Walker and sophomore Cynthia Sanchez each recorded their first goals as  Matadors Sunday, as CSUN defeated San Diego.

Not In This Net:  Goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya recorded her first two shutouts on the season bringing her career total to eight alltogether.  Sunday marked the Matador’s 34th shutout since the start of the 2009 campaign and Tafoya’s .789 save-percentage ranks second-best in the conference just behind Cal State Fullerton’s Jennifer Stuart (.800).

Best In The Big West: 
With just four goals allowed this season, the Matadors are tied for the fewest goals allowed in 2014 and the second-best goals-against average with a 0.77 mark in the category.


Unbeaten Weekend:  No. 23 Long Beach State battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw versus San Diego Friday, before recording a 2-0 shutout victory over Cal State Bakersfield, Sunday. 

In The Ranks:  For the second week in a row, LBSU comes in at No. 23 nationally according to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll.

Ashley Gonzales Makes History:  Ashley Gonzales became the first freshman to earn back-to-back Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors after recording her second multiple-goal outing to lead the 49ers to victory.  The rookie currently leads the league with four goals scored and 10 points on the year.  Her two assists are fifth-best in the Big West. 

Sharp Shooters:  The Beach outshot the Roadrunners 18-4 Sunday and owned a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.  The 49ers also outshot San Diego 19-5 with a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal.  Gonzales leads the conference with 27 shots taken while the Beach owns the third-greatest shots-per-game average at 14.0.


Bump In The Road:
  UC Davis suffered back-to-back losses last weekend, falling to Southeast Missouri State 2-0 and Air Force 1-0 in overtime.  These are the first consecutive losses for the Aggies.

All-Tournament:  Four Aggies earned All-Tournament honors at the Air Force Tournament in Colorado Springs including Taylor Jern, Ana Marija Sola, Kayla Collins and Sydney Burger.

#BWCWords: Coach Twila Kaufman on Sunday’s overtime loss to Air Force, “Our second-half scoring chances were dangerous, usually when you create that many opportunities, you win the game...we will regroup, prepare and be ready to defend our home field.”

Rebound:  The Aggies have not dropped more than two games in a row since the 2012 season from Oct. 19-26.  The Aggies look to rebound at home as they host San Francisco and Utah.  Five of UCD’s next seven games will be played at home.  The Aggies remain unbeaten at home in 2014.


Winner, Winner:  UC Irvine recorded back-to-back 3-0 shutout wins last weekend over Fresno State and Gonzaga to add its first tallies in the win column this season.  The weekend also marked the first shutouts for the Anteaters in 2014.

Home Showing: 
The Anteaters made noise in their first weekend at home recording a total of six goals and giving up zero.  Irvine is now tied for fourth in the conference with seven goals on the season.  With a total of 12 Friday, the ’Eaters recorded the most shots on goal since firing seven on net in their regular season finale versus Hawai‘i in 2012.

Save Standout: 
Leading the league with 25 saves on the season, Jennifer Randazzo paves the way for Irvine as the Anteaters lead the league with a total of 26 saves on the season. 

Shared Success:  Laura McGrail added her 14th career goal Sunday and seventh game-winner as she helped UCI to a 3-0 win.  Seven different Anteaters have scored for Irvine this year while no player has tallied more than one.


Weekend Split:  UC Riverside recorded its first loss of the season with an 8-1 finish versus its first ranked opponent of the season, No. 19 USC on the road.  The Highlanders then returned home to face Northern Iowa and emerged victorious after a 3-0 shutout final.

Rain Won’t Stop Their Parade: 
After a rain-out reschedule that postponed Sunday’s match to Monday morning, the Highlanders were undeterred as Nicole Ragano and Elizabeth Silas combined for UCR’s second shutout win of the season.

Finding The Net:  The Highlanders remain atop the Big West with a league-high 13 goals scored in five games.  Tyler Cunningham leads UCR with three goals on the year.  Sammy Arellano has two herself while a total of 10 Highlanders have found the back of the net in 2014.  A total of 12 players recorded goals all of last season -- Cunningham and Arellano also finished one and two in goals scored with five and three, respectively.


OT Heartbreak: 
A late goal for Loyola Marymount in overtime dealt UC Santa Barbara its third loss of the season in a 2-1 double overtime finish.  Despite outshooting its opponents 10-6, LMU found the net in the 101st minute.  This marked the first loss at home for UCSB.

Relentless:  In the Gauchos’ lone game last weekend, LMU took a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute, but not for long as Dakota Griggs evened the score seven minutes later.  This marked Griggs’ first goal of the season.  With eight goals collectively on the year, UCSB ranks third-best in the conference.

Up Next:  The Gauchos will play their second consecutive weekend at home as they host San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield.  The Big West is currently 2-0 versus San Jose State and 1-0 versus CSU Bakersfield.

Ritter Numbers: 
Having started every game this season, goalkeeper Beth Ritter ranks second in league with 577 minutes played with the fifth-best GAA at 1.25.


Challenge Accepted:  While  Hawai‘i hosted the No. 1 team in the nation on Friday, Rainbow Wahine fans came out in droves to watch the match as UCLA beat the UH 6-0, before setting a new record with a crowd of 4,336 fans, breaking the former mark of 3,175.

Tested At The Top: 
The 6-0 shutout loss marked the largest margin of defeat at home for UH as it faced a No. 1 ranked opponent for the first time in program history.  The last time the two teams met on the mainland, UH suffered an identical 6-0 loss in Bruin territory.

Offensive Efforts:  While the Rainbow Wahine struggled to find the net, they fired five shots against the country’s best defense.  Prior to the game in Hawai‘i, UCLA had only allowed six shots through its first four games. 

Pascua Points:  Sunday, Krystal Pascua found the net for the Rainbow Wahine in the 36th minute to take a 1-0 lead before Washington State recorded a 3-1 win.  This marked Pascua’s third goal of the year as she paces her squad with seven points.