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Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 9
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Weekend Split At Home: Cal Poly split its first weekend at home in conference play after falling to UC Davis in a 2-0 finish Friday, and picking up three points in league after recording a 2-0 win over Hawai‘i, Sunday.
Two Is The Magic Number: Junior Elise Krieghoff netted a security goal Sunday versus the Rainbow Wahine, bringing her to 43 career goals as a Mustang. Just two goals separate the third year and the program record that stands at 45 goals.
History In The Making: With an assist Sunday, senior Sara Lancaster is now tied for 15th-most points (39) among all Mustangs. With 63 starts to her name, Lancaster is also 13th in career starts in the Mustang record book.
Offensive Strength: In Sunday’s victory, the Mustangs outperformed the Rainbow Wahine, out-shooting the Bows 19-15 with eight shots on goal to UH’s five. The Mustangs also drew four corner kicks to Hawaii’s two.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Dead Even: Cal State Fullerton added another overtime games, to its record after the second week of conference action in its single game last weekend, playing to a 0-0 shutout stalemate versus Long Beach State, Thursday.
Overtime Overload: Nine of Fullerton’s first 14 matches of the year have entered OT. The Titans are 0-5-4 in those games and are 13-15-25 in overtime contests during coach Demian Brown’s eight years at the helm.
Clean Sheet: Thursday’s match marked the third shutout for the Titans this season, while CSF has been shutout four times in 2014.
Narrow Margins: Twelve of Fullerton’s 14 games this season have been decided by a single goal or less. Only one of Fullerton’s victories is included in that single-goal margin category, while its other two victories were decided by three goals on both occasions.
UNDEFEATED: CSUN preserved its undefeated record in league and improved to 3-0 in the Big West after the second weekend of conference action with a 1-0 shutout victory over UC Riverside in its conference home opener.
Defense Dominates: The Matadors remain alone atop the Big West standings, separated by a win and three points. CSUN has only allowed 14 goals in 14 games, the best in the category in league.
Winning History: 2014 marks the first season in 10 years in which the Matadors have started league play at 3-0.
McCaskill Makes Her Mark: Jovani McCaskill recorded seven saves en route to her third shutout of the season, and the third of her career as well, stopping Riverside’s seven shots on goal and 16 overall.
Close Call: CSUN improves to 27-18 (.600) in 1-0 games since the start of the 2009 season.
LONG BEACH STATE
All Knotted Up: Long Beach State played to two overtime ties in the second week of conference play after knotting Cal State Fullerton in a 0-0 draw Thursday, and UC Irvine in a 1-1 stalemate, Sunday.
#BWCWords: LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia on Irvine match: “Irvine is a very good team and we saw that in the first half tonight. Our team gave a tremendous effort in the second half and overtime, getting us back in the game and almost pulling off the win. I’m extremely proud of our group for their mentality and heart in front of our fans.” (The Beach fans showed up in droves, 1,095 strong Sunday evening for the installment of the Black and Blue rivalry match, the single-game attendance is a season high for the 49ers).
Spread Success: Seven different 49ers all fired shots Sunday evening, led by freshman Ashley Gonzales who recorded three while two were on frame.
Right Time To Shine: Freshman Jessica Vicent clutched up for the Beach, netting the first goal of her career in the 67th minute to even the score at one apiece.
Here Comes The Conference Win: UC Davis picked up its first victory in conference play on the road at Cal Poly in a 2-0 shutout win, Friday. The Aggies then went on to record a close 3-2 loss at UC Santa Barbara in double overtime on the road.
Hughes Comes Up Huge: Taking just three shots the duration of the game, junior forward Haley Hughes found the back of the net twice at Cal Poly to help the Aggies to their first conference W and their first victory since August.
#BWCWords: UCD head coach Twila Kaufman on road victory: “This was a great test against a worthy opponent. I am pleased that our team was able to play a solid 90 minutes with zero breakdowns. We weathered a couple storms and finished this game well.”
Jern Jive: Goalkeeper Taylor Jern recorded her sixth shutout of the season 14 games into the year. Jern had recorded six total heading into her senior campaign, and has already matched her efforts posted in her first three campaigns.
Weekend On The Road: UC Irvine spent its first weekend of conference action on the road as it traveled to UC Riverside Thursday and Long Beach State Sunday. The Anteaters fell to UCR in a 1-0 finish and tied LBSU 1-1 all in a double overtime effort in the year’s first meeting in the Black and Blue Rivalry.
Picking Up Points: Irvine claimed its first point of league action with its third draw of the year. The ’Eaters dominated with a 13 to three corner kick mark compared to the Highlanders while putting eight of their 12 shots on frame.
Homecoming: With a 4-1-2 record at home in 2014, the Anteaters look forward to hosting their next two opponents at Anteater Stadium. The last time UCI dropped a game at home was on Sept. 26 to Loyola Marymount. The ’Eaters are 28-13-6 at home since 2010.
Goal-Getters: Laura McGrail leads the Anteaters with five goals on the season while a total of eight players have netted at least one score on the year.
You Win Some You Lose Some: UC Riverside split its weekend matches with a 1-0 shutout win over UC Irvine Thursday, and a 1-0 loss to undefeated CSUN on the road Sunday. The Highlanders now have four points in league for seventh place in the Big West.
Shots Fired: Despite dropping a 1-0 decision to the Matadors, the Highlanders held a 16-14 shot advantage while CSUN edged UCR with a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams went scoreless through the first half.
Program First: While the Anteaters looked to avenge the 2013 Big West Tournament semifinal match when they were knocked out by the Highlanders, Riverside found the back of the net for a 1-0 shutout victory thanks to Brittany Mata on a double assist from Bianca Barrio and Tyler Cunningham. Thursday marked the first time in program history that the Highlanders recorded back-to-back victories over the ’Eaters.
Assistance: Cunningham and Barrio both recorded their sixth assists on the season, tying them for the program record.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Get Out The Brooms: UC Santa Barbara recorded a weekend sweep after taking down Hawai‘i in a 2-1 decision and UC Davis in a 3-2 overtime win at home. This is UCSB’s first weekend sweep in conference play and the Gauchos’ third of the season.
Pushing Limits: With 27 collective goals scored by the Gauchos in 2014, UCSB paces the Big West having found the net more times than any other program 15 games into its season. The Gauchos trail CSUN by three points in the Big West standings. With eight wins to its name, Santa Barbara has the most wins of any team in the Big West overall with the highest overall win percentage (.600).
#BWCWords: Head coach Paul Stumpf on 3-2 overtime win versus UC Davis: “We got a great result and scored some nice goals. I feel like we had to win the game three different times.”
Raise The Bar: A total of 13 Gauchos have recorded a score this season, while nine have two or more goals on the year. No other program has as many multiple-goal scorers.
Bump In The Road Trip: Hawai‘i struggled on the road as they lost back-to-back matches at the hands of UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly on its trip to the central California coast. The Rainbow Wahine fell to the Gauchos in a 2-1 decision while Cal Poly dealt the bows a 2-0 defeat.
No Trouble With The Goal: Despite trouble to record a W in the second weekend of conference play, Hawaii’s lone goal over the weekend brings the Bows to a 26-goal total on the year, the second-best in league just behind UCSB’s 27.
Heartbreaker: Hawai‘i held the Gauchos to a 1-1 tie until the final nine seconds of regulation when UCSB headed in the winning goal.
Better Than Average Averages: UH continues to lead the Big West in goals per match (1.86) with sophomores Kama Pascua and Storm Kenui pacing the bows with five goals each.