CSUN Takes Undefeated Mark In League Into Second Week Of Conference Play
Women's Soccer Weekly Release 8
Conference Kind Of Split: Cal Poly opened the first weekend of conference play with a weekend split, recording a 3-0 shutout victory over Long Beach State on the road and a 2-1 double overtime loss to CSUN at home.
Trifecta: Nicole Wheeler, Allie Begin and Sara Lancaster all recorded a goal in Friday’s conference opening victory for the Mustang’s sixth multiple-goal win on the season. The scores marked Wheeler and Lancaster’s first netter on the season and brought Begin to two goals on the year.
Another Appearance: With Sunday’s start at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, Lancaster made her 61st career start to tie for the 15th-most starts in program history.
Krieghoff Continues To Shine: Junior Elise Krieghoff leads the conference in every offensive category with the exception of assists and assists per game: shots (66), shots per game (5.08), points (21), points per game (1.62), goals (10) and goals per game (0.77).
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Go Unbeaten On The Road: Cal State Fullerton opened up conference play on the road and remains unbeaten after a 2-1 victory at Hawai‘i Friday and a 1-1 double overtime draw at UC Davis Sunday.
Wilson’s Puts Away PK: Redshirt junior, Rebecca Wilson, found the back of the net after the Titans received a PK in the 86th minute as she tied the game at 1-1 all. The junior leads CSF with seven goals including six in the Titans’ last five games.
Better Late Than Never: Of Fullerton’s 15 goals on the season, 11 have been scored in the second half, that’s 73 percent of CSF’s scores.
Just 20 More Minutes: Eight of the Titans’ 13 games so far have entered overtime, and Fullerton is 0-5-3 in those matches. In coach Demian Brown’s eight seasons, the Titans are 13-15-24 in OT contests.
It’s Lonely At The Top: After CSUN’s road trip to the California central coast, the Matadors recorded their first weekend sweep of conference play with a 1-0 shutout victory at UC Santa Barbara and a 2-1 double overtime victory at Cal Poly. CSUN stands alone atop the league standings with six points and an undefeated record in the Big West.
Overcoming Road Blues: The Matadors recorded their first two road wins en route to their second weekend sweep of the season. The last time CSUN opened conference action with back-to-back wins was the 2010 season when it defeated UC Davis and Pacific.
#BWCWords: Lyndsey Preston on overtime game-winner: “It was a real quick play that was set up by a great ball from Nicole [Thompson],” Preston said. “Hannah [Wissler] swung the ball in and I kept running through it and pushed it past the goalkeeper’s left.”
One and Done: Matadors are now 34-26 (.567) in one-goal contests since 2009.
LONG BEACH STATE
Lickety League Split: Long Beach State opened conference play with a 3-0 loss to Cal Poly, but rebounded Sunday to take a 2-0 shutout victory over UC Santa Barbara, Sunday in the first week of conference play at home.
Versus UCSB: After Sunday’s league contest, the 49ers recorded their fifth-straight win in its all-time series with the Gauchos.
History Of Splitting: 2014 marks the third-straight opening weekend of conference play that saw the Beach split its first two contests. In 2011, the 49ers swept in week 1 of league action.
Better At The Beach: At least one 49er currently ranks in the top 5 of all offensive categories in the conference. Freshman Ashley Gonzales at No. 3 in both goals (6) and points (14), Mimi Rangel at No. 2 in assists (5) and tied for No. 2 in shots with Gonzales (40). Gonzales also has the third-best point total in a single game on two occassions with 4 points versus Georgia and Bakersfield. Vania Robles also matched that point total at FIU.
Even At Home: UC Davis opened the conference portion of the 2014 schedule, and first under head coach Twila Kaufman, with back-to-back double overtime draws versus UC Riverside (0-0) and Cal State Fullerton (1-1) at home. The Aggies head south to the central coast to face Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara in for their next league tests in the Big West.
First And Foremost: Junior defender, Lauren Paul, netted her first career goal Sunday, to give the Aggies and early 1-0 lead over the Titans. Paul is now one of four Aggies to score this season.
#BWCWords: Head coach Twila Kaufman on Lauren Paul’s first career goal: “Lauren Paul is willing to do whatever it takes to score a goal. She is a center back by nature, but when we pulled her forward, she showed the crowd what everyone on the team already knows.”
Best In The Big West: Nothing Gets Passed Jern: Senior goalkeeper, Taylor Jern, leads the conference with five posted shutouts to tie UC Santa Barbara’s Beth Ritter.
Back In Action: UC Irvine returns to the pitch after a week of rest for its 2014 conference debut. The Anteaters hit the road as they travel to UC Riverside Thursday and Long Beach State, Sunday.
Efficiency: The Anteaters currently own the longest unbeaten streak in the conference for the 2014 season at six. Coming off of a loss and a tie two weeks ago, the Anteaters are looking to come out hot in league.
Championship History: In Irvine's first week in the race for the title, 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.
If History Repeats Itself: Since the 2009 season, the ’Eaters are 6-3-1 in the opening weekend of conference play with a weekend sweep in 2012. The Anteaters look for their first road win of the season, Thursday.
Highlanders Look For first Conference Win: UC Riverside opened league play with two double overtime matches. The Highlanders battled to a 0-0 draw at UC Davis and just missed a tie versus Hawai‘i when the Rainbow Wahine found the net in the second overtime period for a narrow 2-1 victory on the island.
By The Numbers: Hawai‘i outshot the Highlanders 15-8, however justed edged UCR putting four shots on goal to Riverside’s four. Both goalies recorded three saves in the match while the Rainbow Wahine induced five corners to UCR’s three, Sunday.
Overtime Overture: The two overtime matches last weekend bring the Highlanders to four total on the season, the third-most in the conference behind Cal State Fullerton’s eight and UC Davis’ six.
Record Review: Riverside will travel to UC Irvine Thursday before hosting CSUN Sunday. Including postseason, the Highlanders are 1-5-0 versus the Anteaters in the last five seasons and are 2-3-0 versus CSUN since 2009.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Another Shot: In its first week of conference play, UC Santa Barbara fell to CSUN in a 1-0 shutout loss at home and to Long Beach State in a 2-0 loss on the road. While conference play is young, the Gauchos get their shot at Hawai‘i and UC Davis this weekend in the second weekend of conference play as the Gauchos look for their first win in league.
Bounce Back: Earlier this season, the Gauchos went five games before recording a W, however they then mounted a five-game unbeaten streak, and a four-game win-streak, the second best in the conference.
Holding Their Own: With two shutout drawbacks last weekend, opposing goal keepers have posted five clean sheets against UCSB. The Gauchos have recorded six clean sheets of their own, all of which were also multiple-goal victories.
Goal-Getting: Despite struggling to find the net in the first weekend of conference action, Santa Barbara remains the fourth-best in league with a total of 22 goals scored in 2014.
Conference Split: Hawai‘i recorded a weekend split as it opened the conference portion of its schedule with a 2-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton and a 2-1 couble overtime win over UC Riverside. The Rainbow Wahine head out for a nother two-game roadtrip as they travel to face the two central coast programs in UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Just Missed: Opening league action with a 2-1 loss to CSF, Thursday’s match marked the third straight year in which the Titans have bested UH by just a single goal.
No Road Blues For Rainbow Wahine: Hawai‘i looks forward to its upcoming roadtrip, as the Rainbow Wahine own a better record traveling than they do at home. UH is currently 3-5-0 at home while it’s 3-1 on the mainland and is 7-4-1 on the road in its last 12 away games dating back to the 2013 season.
Front Of The Pack: Hawai‘i currently leads the Big West with 25 goals on the year and 2.08 scores per match. Sophomore Storm Kenui accounts for five of those goals, including the equalizer versus Riverside, Sunday.