UC Irvine Mounts Four-Game Unbeaten Streak
This Week in the Big West - Sept. 15-21, 2014
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Right Down The Middle: Cal Poly recorded its third weekend split of the season after falling 2-1 at Oklahoma State before nabbing its third W on the year in a 2-1 victory over Oral Roberts for a 3-4 record two weeks out from conference play.
Come-From-Behind: The Mustangs found themselves behind 1-0 as time dwindled Sunday, however, CP would go on to score twice in the final 16 minutes of regulation to pick up a win. Sunday marked the Mustangs’ second victory in which the opposing team scored first. CP is 2-1 when recording the first goal and 2-3 when chasing opponents who get on the board first.
Krieghoff Count: Junior Elise Krieghoff leads the conference with 40 shots taken, 12 more than anyone else in the Big West. The third year player is currently tied for second with three goals scored behind Long Beach State’s Ashley Gonzales who paces the league with four. Krieghoff’s seven points rank fourth-best in the Big West and first for the Mustangs.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Only A Matter Of Time: Cal State Fullerton recorded its first victory of 2014 in a 3-0 shutout win over Fresno State on the road. The Titans went on to drop a 1-0 heartbreaker in double overtime at Loyola Marymount, Sunday.
No Stranger To OT: Six of Fullerton’s eight matches thus far have entered overtime while the Titans are 0-4-2 in those contests. The orange and blue are now 13-14-23 in OT with coach Demian Brown at the helm.
So Close: All of Fullerton’s five losses have been decided by a single-goal margin. On the other hand, when the Titans recorded their first win last weekend, they netted a season-high three goals in a single contest.
Titan Keeper Has Game: Redshirt sophomore Jennifer Stuart, who only started two games a season ago for 185 minutes, currently leads the Big West with a 0.65 goals-against-average while only giving up three goals in 2014. The underclassman has played a total of 417:21 minutes so far this season.
Rough Roadtrip: Coming off of a weekend sweep at home, CSUN struggled on the road at No. 20 Kansas and at Missouri, suffering a 2-0 shutout loss Friday and a 3-1 defeat, Sunday. Kansas marked CSUN’s second ranked opponent of 2014.
Home Field Advantage: The Matadors boast a perfect 2-0 record at home this season, and look forward to a three-game homestand beginning Friday, Sept. 19 versus Arizona State. Weber State and Santa Clara will also travel to Northridge.
Not Today: While the Matadors have been shut out five times this season, CSUN made sure that wasn’t going to happen Sunday. Lyndsey Preston put away her first netter of the season in the 17th minute of action on an assist from Hannah Wissler, also Wissler’s first assist of the season for the team’s fourth goal in 2014.
When On The Road: Sunday’s 3-1 loss on the road marked the first CSUN away goal since Oct. 6, 2013 when Cal State Fullerton and the Matadors battled to a 1-1 draw.
LONG BEACH STATE
Undefeated At Home: After a grueling 110 minutes of play Monday, Long Beach State remains unbeaten at home in 2014 as the 49ers finished in a 1-1 double overtime draw versus Wake Forest.
Finding The Net: Coming off of a 2-0 loss at Brigham Young, the 49ers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when a long ball from Kayla Lombardo found Mimi Rangel, who headed it over the visiting goalkeeper’s reach. Rangel ranks second on the 49ers with 2 goals scored while boasting a team-high 3 assists for seven points. LBSU leads the conference with 49 shots fired on goal.
Win-Streaking: The 49ers currently own the longest unbeaten streak in the Big West from Aug. 24-Sept. 7 through five games.
In The Ranks: For the third week in a row Long Beach ranks in the top 25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll, ushering in a No. 23 ranking. LBSU remains the only Big West team to represent the conference in the top 25.
Undefeated Home Streak Comes To An End: UC Davis battled in back-to-back 1-0 losses last weekend as they hosted San Francisco and Utah at Aggie Soccer Field. Sunday’s overtime match marks the second occasion this season that UCD faced a team that was receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll.
#BWCWords: Head coach Twila Kaufman on Twitter, “This is hard and good. Proud coach. We are changing in play and on the inside. Later, when we are squeezed we know what willl come out.” *Check out more #BWCWords HERE.
On The Rebound: Having dropped four back-to-back matches, this is the first time the Aggies have lost more than two in a row since the 2012 season. If time can shed some light, expect the Aggies to bounce back from the bump in the road.
Jern Saves The Day: Goalkeeper Taylor Jern is currently tied atop the Big West charts with 27 saves and owns the best save percentage at .794 while coming in third with a slim seven goals allowed all season.
Anteaters Reverse Fate: UC Irvine continued to make noise at home going 1-0-1 over the weekend after a 2-1 win San Diego Friday and a 1-1 double overtime stalemate against No. 14 USC. Sunday marked the third ranked opponent for the ’Eaters as UCI is now 0-2-1 against top 25 teams in 2014 and is now 3-2-1 when hosting ranked opponents all time.
Homers: The ’Eaters are one of four teams in the Big West to be unbeaten at home this far into the season. UCI has another three tests on home turf to finish out its seven-game homestand currently being played on Anteater Recreation Center Field.
#BWCWarmUp Note: Prior to the start of the season, coach Scott Juniper stressed the moments in which games are decided, having lost five of seven games in the 2013-2014 season by a single goal. The Anteaters have lost just a single game this season by a one-goal margin in overtime and changed the story Sunday when Kiana Palcios scored the equalizer in the 74th minute. *Read more on Juniper's predictions for 2014 in the #BWCWarmup HERE.
Overtime: UCI’s two OT matches are most since 2012-2013.
Highlanders Continue To Shine: In its lone game last weekend, UC Riverside tied its season-high four goals in a single game, shutting out Cal State Bakersfield at home.
Best In Big West: The Highlanders continue to shine in 2014 as they recorded their third shutout and second in a row. UCR has consistently increased its number of shots taken per game and currently leads the Big West with 17 goals scored, a 16.2 shots-per-game average and a .495 SOG percentage. In addition, the Highlanders rank second in league with a .175 shot percentage with a total of 48 shots on goal.
Offense Displays Dominance: At 4-1-1 the Highlanders have their best record through six matches since the 2006 season when they started the campaign with a 5-1-0 mark. Having already netted 17 goals six games into 2014, UCR needs just five additional netters to match its offensive output in the 2013-2014 season.
Pulling Rank: For the first time in history the Highlanders are ranked in the NSCAA West Region at No. 5 after the third week of play.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Unbeaten Weekend: UCSB battled through 110 minutes of play to a 0-0 draw versus San Jose State Friday and picked up a 2-0 shutout victory over Cal State Bakersfield Sunday to record its second unbeaten weekend of 2014.
#BWCWords: Head coach Paul Stumpf on Sunday’s matchup: “This was another fairly dominant performance. We finally got some goals and the reward of a win.”
Relentless: UCSB owned a 21-2 shot advantage over Bakersfield and garnered five corner kicks to CSUB’s two. The Gauchos also put 11 of their 21 shots on target and kept the visitors from putting any on frame.
Power in Backline: With just eight goals allowed, UCSB has allowed the second fewest this season behind UC Davis (7) and Long Beach State (7). The Gauchos allowed the fewest number of goals last season at 17.
Improved: Stumpf emphasized improving offensive efforts in 2014 and his squad is on pace to supercede its 2013 offensive efforts (21 goals) with a total of 10 netters this season.
Week Four Split: Hawai‘i split its two games on the road with a 4-3 clutch victory in overtime Friday and a tough 5-4 loss Sunday. The Rainbow Wahine will continue their two-week roadtrip at the Montana Invitational in Missoula, Mont. where they will go head-to-head with Eastern Washington and Montana.
Putting On A Show: The Rainbow Wahine netted a collective eight goals over the weekend, the most goals scored in a two-game span since joining the Big West in 2012.
Leading League: UH bests the Big West in saves per match with a 4.25 average while both Erica Young and Monk Berger top the individual charts with 4.0 saves per game.
Seeing Double: Sonest Furtado became just the third Rainbow Wahine freshman in the last 13 seasons of the UH program to score multiple goals in a match as she scored twice in the game versus Idaho State. Furtado joins active Tiana Fujimoto on that list (2011).