UC Santa Barbara Takes Four-Game Unbeaten Streak Into Final Week Of Nonconference Play
Women's Soccer Weekly Release 6
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Weekend Split: Cal Poly recorded its fourth weekend split downing Fresno State 6-1 at home Friday before traveling to Stanford and suffering a 2-0 defeat Sunday. Stanford marked the Mustangs’ second ranked opponent of the 2014 season, making them 0-2 on the year versus top 25 teams.
She’s Done It Again: A year after leading the nation in goals, junior forward Elise Krieghoff has done it again and garnered national attention after netting a total of five goals in the 6-1 victory, Friday. Krieghoff had tallied a hat trick by the end of the first half and went on to score another two in the remaining 45 minutes of regulation. The junior is now five goals shy of breaking the Mustang record for career goals scored and tied the program record for five netted in a single game. The five goals also tied the Big West record that hadn’t been touched in 12 years. As of Sept. 24 last year, Krieghoff had 10 goals on the season en route to a 21 goal campaign. Having scored three prior to this weekend, the junior is on pace to have another 20 goal plus year.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans With The W: In its lone game last week, Cal State Fullerton recorded its second victory of the season in a 4-1 win over Idaho State at home, Thursday. The late-week game marked the most goals scored for the Titans in a single match this season. The last time the Titans scored four or more goals was on Oct. 21, 2012 versus Cal Poly in a 4-0 shutout win. CSF recorded its second multiple-goal game of the year when Idaho State came into town.
#BWCWords: Head coach Demian Brown on victory at home: “This is a great example of what we have when we are focused and motivated at going out and winning games. The difference in tonight’s match versus matches that we’ve dropped was our ability to physically be aggressive and attack the goal with the mindset that scoring was the ultimate goal.”
Getting An Early Jump: The Titans scored first for just the second time this season and scored two goals in the second half for the first time in 2014.
Comeback: After dropping its first home game this season versus Arizona State in a 2-0 finish, CSUN came out hot on Sunday and recorded a 4-0 shutout victory over Weber State at Matador Soccer Field.
Fourth Time’s A Charm: The last time CSUN netted four or more goals in a single game was on Oct. 19, 2013 when the Matadors downed former conference member Pacific 6-1 at home. Sunday marked the Matadors’ second multiple-goal game of 2014 thanks to Hannah Wissler, Leandra Walker, Tabatha Dickson and Melissa Lopez. Walker netted her second goal of the season, while the other three found the back of the net for the first time this year. Walker paces the Matadors with her two goals for four points.
Shutdown: Sunday marked CSUN’s fourth shutout, including three that have resulted in victories. CSUN has already outperformed its efforts last year as the Matadors recorded two shutouts total a season ago and has already recorded three prior to the beginning of conference play.
LONG BEACH STATE
On The Road, Not A Problem: While Long Beach State started off the weekend with a 1-0 loss to UCF, LBSU picked up its first win on the road Sunday as the No. 23 49ers recorded a 3-1 victory over Florida International at Miami.
Double The Fun: Junior Vania Robles registered her first two goals of the season Sunday and is now tied for the second-most goals on her squad. Two-time offensive player of the week, Ashley Gonzales, still paces the 49ers with four netters and two assists on the season for 10 points. In the Big West, Gonzales ranks second only to Cal Poly’s Elise Krieghoff in goals scored.
Offensive Efforts: While Sunday marked the second time LBSU recorded three goals in a single contest, the 49ers became the only team to score more than two goals against Florida International this season as the Beach snapped FIU’s three-game win streak.
Game of Goals: Sunday marked LBSU’s fourth multiple-goal contest, a mark that ranks third-best in the conference.
Eye On The Prize: UC Davis suffered two losses last weekend on the road at Nevada and Santa Clara in 1-0 and 3-1 finishes, respectively. With their final non-conference road game behind them, the Aggies look to end their six-game winless streak when they host Pacific.
The Jern Jive: Senior goalkeeper Taylor Jern ranks in the top five in the Big West in all four keeper categories including saves (31), save percentage (.738), goals against (11) and goals-against average (1.09). With 908:43 minutes under her belt this season, the senior has registered the fourth-most time between the posts compared to her Big West counterparts.
#BWCWords: Head coach Twila Kaufman after the weekend’s matches on twitter: “Looking at film and the small habits we can change to keep improving. Staying the course will pay off.”
Home On The Range: The Aggies will play the next three matches at home, including coach Kaufman’s conference debut when UCD hosts UCR and CSF.
Finding Their Stride: After starting off the season 0-4, UC Irvine has extended its unbeaten streak to six games after taking down No. 19 Oklahoma at home in a 2-1 final and playing to a 1-1 stalemate in double overtime versus Boise State. The Anteaters finish off their seven-game homestand this weekend with Loyola Marymount before traveling to UC Riverside and Long Beach State to open conference play.
How They Match Up: The win for UC Irvine Friday marked its fifth all-time win at home against a ranked opponent, putting them at 5-2-1 lifetime. UCI is now 7-7-1 all-time against top 25 teams.
On Target: With a .500 shots-on-goal percentage the Anteaters pace the conference. With 13 goals scored on the year, UCI comes in at No. 5 in the league. Last season the ’Eaters tabbed 29 goals in 22 games played, the second-most in the Big West behind Cal Poly’s 33.
Holding Their Own: With a win over No. 19 Oklahoma Friday, the ’Eaters are the first Big West program to record a victory over a top 25 team in 2014.
Just Short: After a 1-1 double overtime draw Friday versus Utah Valley, UC Riverside came up just short of a victory at Utah State. Despite doubling the Aggies’ offensive efforts, outshooting Utah State 19-7, UCR suffered just its second loss of 2014.
Older And Wiser: As coach Nat Gonzales touched on at the beginning of the season, his squad’s maturity would be key in the new campaign. At 4-4, the Highlanders lead the league with four converted penalty kicks in 2014, an example of the confidence that comes from having an extra year of experience.
Ye Of Little Faith: Despite playing in the Big West Tournament title game in 2013, the Highlanders were picked to finish last in league for the second year in a row. Currently atop the standings five weeks into the season, UCR looks to prove the doubtful wrong.
Stingy Backline: Gonzales also stressed tightening Riverside’s defense at the beginning of the season, and it shows. UCR has only allowed two goals in the last four games.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Making Waves: UC Santa Barbara recorded a weekend sweep, adding two Ws to its win column after shutting down Sacramento State 2-0 Friday and Pacific 6-1 Sunday on the road. With a total of eight goals scored over the weekend, the Gauchos recorded the most netters in a two-game period this season.
Magic Eight: The last time the Gauchos recorded eight goals in a two-game period was Oct. 8 and Oct. 13, 2006 against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in 4-0 and 4-1 finishes, respectively. Hawai‘i also recorded eight goals last weekend over the span of two games.
Leading The Pack In The Back: Santa Barbara looks like the same defensively dominant team from 2013, when the Gauchos allowed a mere 17 goals to pace the league last year. UCSB has only allowed nine goals so far in 2014, the least of any Big West program.
Clean Sheet: The Gauchos have posted five shutouts, one more than any other school at this point in the season.
Sweep: Hawai‘i recorded its second weekend sweep of 2014 after a 3-1 win versus Eastern Washington and a 2-1 win at Montana as the Rainbow Wahine closed out their non-conference portion of the 2014 season.
Offensive Output: The Rainbow Wahine lead the league with a total of seven multiple-goal games this season. With 22 goals on the year total, UH paces the Big West with four more scored than any other program. The Rainbow Wahine also rank No. 1 in league with a total of 61 shots on frame.
Success On The Mainland: Hawai‘i has capped off its four-game, 12-day road trip, winning three of its last four matches.
New Faces: Sophomore Erica Young earned the starting nod in goal Friday and picked up her second win of the season.
Up Next: UH will return to action after a week off to kick-off the conference portion of the schedule with home games against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.