Race For Conference Crown Begins
Women's Soccer Weekly Release 7
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Cal Poly With The Comeback: After Cal Poly’s first overtime match of the season ended in a 2-1 loss Friday, the Mustangs rebounded Sunday when they recorded a 3-1 win over visiting San Francisco.
Nation’s Finest In Krieghoff: Heading into the final week of nonconference play, junior Elise Krieghoff led the nation in goals-per-match (0.93) and paced all juniors in total goals (40). The forward netted two over the weekend for a 42-goal career total which ranks fourth-best in the Big West record book and second-best for the Mustangs all time.
Jolly Green Giants: With Sunday’s victory at home, the Mustangs improve to 13-3-1 over their past 17 home games, dating back to 2012.
Season-High: Goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti recorded a season-high eight saves over USF for a 254 career total. The junior sits just 53 saves behind the program record 307 set from 1993-1996.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Lost Footing: Coming off of a win over LMU on the road, Cal State Fullerton headed into the final week of nonconference play which saw back-to-back losses to No. 11 Pepperdine and San Diego.
Pulling Rank: After facing No. 11 Pepperdine Thursday, Fullerton is now 0-1-1 against sop 25 teams in 2014.
One Down: The Titans have lost a total of seven games this season by just a single goal, five of which were lost in overtime. Also in OT this season, Fullerton has been shut out 5-0.
Score-Origins: Of CSF’s 12 goals on the season, nine have come in the second half of play and only twice have the Titans scored the first goal of the match.
90 is not Enough: The Titans have played in seven overtime matches this season. CSF tied the NCAA record in 2011 with 11 overtime matches in a single season and played a total of 10 OT matches a season ago, including two in the postseason.
Matadors Struggle: In the final week of nonconference play, CSUN struggled to find the net as Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount bested the Matadors in identical 1-0 shutout wins. The Matadors head into the conference portion of their schedule at 3-1-1.
Going Head-To-Head: So far this season, CSUN has been outscored 13-8 overall while opposing teams have recorded seven shutouts over the Matadors.
Between The Posts: After picking up four saves Friday and seven Sunday, Jovani McCaskill, who earned both starting nods this weekend, has a total of 12 saves on the year. Her seven stops Sundayset a netcareer mark for the sophomore goalkeeper. Cynthia Tafoya has recorded 25 saves so far this year and boasts the fifth-best goals-against average (1.34) in league.
On The Road: While the Matadors are 3-2 at home, they’ve struggled to record a win on the road with an 0-5-1 mark away from Matador Soccer Field. CSUN looks to change that this week at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
LONG BEACH STATE
Fight To The End: Long Beach State suffered its first home loss of the season in its final nonconference matchup of 2014. With just 40 seconds remaining in regulation Sunday, Santa Clara managed to put one on frame and in goal to edge the 49ers 2-1 Sunday.
Holding Their Own: With one of the toughest nonconference slates in the nation, LBSU held its own and enjoyed three consecutive weeks with a top 25 national ranking. The 49ers head into league play with a 4-4-3 mark, the fourth-best record in the Big West. If Big West Championship qualifications higned on nonconference marks, the 49ers would be heading to San Luis Obispo.
George Allen: In its last 15 home games, the Beach boasts a 7-3-5 mark -- its only losses at the hands of Northern Arizona, UC Riverside and most recently, Santa Clara.
Rangel With The Assist: Sophomore Mimi Rangel currentl leads the conference with a total of five assists. The midfielder also has two goals on the year for 9 points.
Stalemate: UC Davis battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie against Pacific Saturday. Despite outshooting the Tigers 15-9 throghout regulation, the Aggies’ recorded their first stalemate of the 2014 season and fourth overtime match of the year.
Aggie October: While UCD went winless the month of September, the start of conference play signals new beginnings. Davis is out to clinch its first victory in seven contests as it hosts UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton in the first week of Big West action.
#BWCWords: Head coach Twila Kaufman at the start of the season: “I think their best days are still ahead of them and I think they know it.”
Game’s Pace: Coach Kaufman stressed the importance of slowing the squad’s pace at the beginning of nonconference play, and the Aggies look to improve in this area in order to add to their goals scored column. With four goals netted this season, UCD brings up the rear in the category in league.
Anteaters Look To Conference: After taking a 1-0 lead into the second half of play against Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine gave up two goals in the last 33 minutes Friday in its final nonconference match of 2014. Friday also marked the close of the Anteaters’ seven-game homestand.
Turn It Around: As proven after a slow start to 2014, the ’Eaters can come after disappointing losses. Just this season UCI went from an 0-4 start to playing through six games before dropping another just this past weekend. The Anteaters mounted the longest unbeaten streak by any Big West squad and is ready to turn things around with the start of Big West contests.
Championship History: With the race for the title beginning this week, UCI looks to make its sixth-consecutive Big West Tournament. Over the last four seasons, Irvine has played in two championship matches and four since the first year of the tournament in 1996. Irvine owns the 1997 Big West tournament championship and has not reclaimed the title since. The Anteaters finished first in league, claiming the regular season crown in 2010 and 2011.
No Defeat: UC Riverside recorded a 2-0 shutout victory Friday before almost pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the season versus No. 6 Texas Tech on the road. The Red Raiders would score late in regulation to barely escape with a 3-2 victory Sunday.
Highlanders On Top: The Highlanders enter Big West play with their best record in nonconference competition since the 2009 campaign at 5-3-2. While Riverside was picked to finish last for the second season in a row in the preseason poll, the Highlanders have consistently been at the top of the standings, coming in first just a week ago and currently trailing UC Santa Barbara for second.
Feelin 22: With 22 scores on the season, UCR shares the spot for most goals scored in the conference with Hawai‘i and UC Santa Barbara. While the threesome shares the same number of goals scored, Riverside leads the league in shots taked (168). The display of confidence speaks to coach Nat Gonzales’ preseason note of the squad having more experience and confidence.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Shutout: After UC Santa Barbara blanked Duquesne in a 4-0 finish Sunday, the Gauchos extend their five-game unbeaten streak as they head into the first weekend of conference competition.
The More The Merrier: UCSB has now outscored its last five opponents by a 14-1 count, thanks to a 6-1 dominant performance last weekend and a 4-0 shutout most recently. The Gauchos have recorded six clean sheets this season, allowing just one goal scored in its six victories on the year.
Right On Frame: The Gauchos have also displayed their dominance in another area, shots on goal. UCSB leads the league with a total of 71 SOG and are also second in total shots taken (162) and second in shot percentage (.136).
Winner, Winner: With six wins, the Gauchos have recorded the most victories prior to heading into conference action, identical to UCSB’s win column from a season ago at the same point in the year. Santa Barbara took a 6-4-1 record into the first week of conference play and will take a 6-3-2 mark into this season’s league portion of the schedule.
Week Of Rest: Hawai‘i will return to action with a week of rest under its belt as the Rainbow Wahine come off of back-to-back victories heading into conference play. UH looks to come out strong as it hosts Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside Thursday and Sunday, respectively.
Offensive Efforts: Hawai‘i is one of three teams to lead the league with 22 goals scored and has a top mark with seven multiple-goal games at this point in the season. While the Rainbow Wahine lead the league in goals scored, they rank seventh in shots taken with 130 but third in with a .469 shots on goal percentage. They also lead the league with a .169 shot percentage.
Maintaining Momentum: UH will take a two-game win streak into conference, a feat only two teams have managed. UCSB will also take a four-game win-streak as they go head-to-head with conference foes.
Matchup: With a Fullerton matchup Thursday, Storm Kenui, will go up against Rebecca Wilson and the Titans. Both players have four goals on the season.