2013 Big West Regular Season Champs Look To Defend Title
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 10
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Mustangs Tied For First: As Cal Poly picked up two wins over the weekend, the Mustangs are tied for the No. 1 spot in league along with CSUN who also has 12 points in conference action. On the road, CP defeated UC Irvine 2-1 and UC Riverside 3-2.
History Is Hers: Junior Elise Krieghoff tied the program record for career goals with 45 as she found the back of the net Sunday at UCR. The play came in at No. 3 on Sports Center’s Top 10 that evening as the third year moves into No. 2 in the Big West in the category just behind UC Santa Barbara’s Jennifer Borich (56) who played for the Gauchos from 2001-2004. The third year now has 13 goals on the year.
Abutin In The Books: Sophomore Megan Abutin recorded two assists in Sunday’s game bringing her 2014 assist total to 11, the second-highest single-season figure at CP. Abutin is just a single assist away from tying the program record.
Lancaster Leaving Her Mark: Senior Sara Lancaster moved into 14th in school history in career points with 41 and is now tied for 10th in career starts in the field with 65.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Take CSUN: Cal State Fullerton was able to do something no other team in the conferece has been able to do, defeat CSUN. The Titans dealt the Matadors their first conference loss of 2014 in a 1-0 win Sunday in Northridge, Calif.
Unbeaten in the Big West: While the Titans sit in fourth place with eight points, they are the only unbeaten team in league play and it’s been at least 10 years since the Titans have gone unbeaten in conference action heading into the fourth week of Big West contests.
Wilson Comes Up Clutch With PK: Rebecca Wilson’s made penalty kick in the 57th minute led the Titans to its fourth conference win in 2014. Wilson has now recorded eight goals on the year, half of Fullerton’s total for the season. The eight goals are the most for a Titan since Christina Murillo’s eight in 2010.
Late Bloomers: Of CSF’s 15 games in 2014, the Titans have only scored first on three occassions.
Two At The Top: CSUN played to a weekend split in the third week of conference play as they coasted to a 4-0 victory over UC Davis and fell to Cal State Fullerton on a penalty kick in the 57th minute. The Matadors earned another three points over the weekend and are at the top of the standings for the third week in a row.
Triple Threat: After CSUN’s 4-0 victory over the Aggies, the Matadors improved to 21-0 when scoring at least three goals since the start of the 2008 season.
Matadors Rising: Although the Titans snapped CSUN’s four-game win-streak, the Matadors accomplished a feat for the first time since the 2008 season when CSUN opened the season with four back-to-back victories. CSUN finished that season 8-9-2 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play.
Finding The Net: With 16 goals so far in 2014, the Matadors are just a single goal from matching their output a season ago when CSUN recorded a 17-score campaign.
LONG BEACH STATE
Weekend Sweep: Long Beach State dominated the third week of conference play, recording two victories with a 2-0 shutout win over Hawai‘i and a 1-0 shutout win over UC Davis. With 11 points, the 49ers sit in third behind CSUN and Cal Poly.
Streak Central: LBSU is currently on a five-game unbeaten streak, its second of the season.
History of Success: 2010 was the last time Long Beach fell to either Davis or Hawai‘i (LBSU did not play UH in 2010). The Beach tied both in 2013, defeated both in 2012 and in 2011, before Hawai‘i was a member of the Big West.
Security Score: Four of LBSU’s victories this season have been by a margin of two or more goals. Last season the 49ers recorded five victories of the sort, and nine in 2011.
History In The Tournament: Since the Big West Tournament’s beginning in 1996 and reimplementation in 2003, LBSU has participated in six tournaments altogether. The 49ers clinched back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
Trials And Tribulations: UC Davis struggled to claim points in the Big West last weekend after a 4-0 loss at CSUN and a 1-0 defeat versus Long Beach State after the 49ers converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, Sunday.
So Close, Not So Far: Six of UCD’s losses have been by just a single goal, the latest coming at home when Long Beach traveled to Aggie Soccer Field. Although Davis was unable to answer to the 49ers’ first half score, coach Twila Kaufman shared that the Aggies followed the game plan and Kaufman said, “We have faced so much adversty this season and that we did not deserve to lose this game.”
League Play Patterns: With five points in league play, the Aggies look to match their output from 2013 when they earned 10 points over the season. UCD also recorded 10 points in 2012 and 13 in 2011, the last time Davis qualified for a spot in the conference tournament.
Where They Rank: With a .128 shot percentage in conference, the Aggies rank second-best in the league.
First Conference Win: After falling 2-1 to Cal Poly Friday, on Sunday afternoon on ESPN3, a late goal from senior Bianca Frontino in the 90th minute clinched UC Irvine’s first win in conference with a 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara.
Gets The Start, Gets The Win: Junior goalkeeper Corey Tobin recorded her first minutes between the posts this season Friday versus Cal Poly when the third year logged just over 12 minutes before getting her first starting nod Sunday against UC Santa Barbara. Tobin allowed a single goal and made her third save of the weekend, leading the Anteaters to their first W in league. While Tobin and Jennifer Randazzo split time last year, Randazzo has logged 1321:16 minutes this season to Tobin’s 102:35.
Consistency: The Anteaters look to make their sixth consecutive Tournament, the longest current run of any Big West program.
Just In Time: Frontino’s goal in the 90th minute joins the ranks of the Queens of clutch before her including Natalia Ledezma’s GW with just 31 seconds left in regulaton versus BYU last year.
Plus Three Points: UC Riverside picked up another three points over the weekend after defeating UC Santa Barbara in a 3-2 overtime win, Friday. The Highlanders then suffered a 3-2 loss to Cal Poly Sunday when the Mustangs came from behind to get the W.
Crunch Time: UCR looks to clinch a top four spot in league to make just its second appearance in the Tournament. With seven points to sit in fifth place, the Highlanders are out to defy the Preseason Coaches Poll that predicted a last place finish in league, despite a trip to the title game a season ago.
On The Road: UCR looks to record its first W on the road as the Highlanders travel to Cal State Fullerton for a critical match as the Titans have just a single-point advantage in the standings.
Best In Show: Riverside continues to take chances as it leads the Big West with 248 collective shots taken. The Highlanders also lead the conference in assists with 32 set-ups on the year.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Knocking On The Door: While UC Santa Barbara played two hard-fought and close games, the score did not end up in its favor as the Gauchos dropped two hear-breakers after a 3-2 overtime loss to UC Riverside and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of UC Irvine after the ’Eaters managed to find the net with 44 seconds remaining in regulation.
Fierce Feder: Heading into the Irvine match, sophomore Sara Feder had scored in three consecutive games and now has an assist in her last two appearances. Feder has five goals on the year, and is tied for first on her squad with Angelisa Cortez who also have five of her own. Feder’s 12 points are second-best for UCSB.
Nothing But Net: The Gauchos remain the best in the Big West with 13 players that have scored at least a single goal on the year. Ten have at least two or more in 2014. With 30 goals scored collectively for UCSB, the Gauchos pace the conference.
Score Savvy: UCSB’s .136 shot percentage is good for best in league while its 103 shots on goal rank second-best.
It’s Not Over Yet: Hawai‘i suffered its third-straight loss in league after Long Beach State blanked the Rainbow Wahine in a 2-0 loss at Waipio Penninsula Soccer Stadium. The ’Bows look for their second conference win as they travel to the mainland to face UC Irvine and CSUN, Thursday and Sunday respectively.
Looking Ahead: The score would not reflect UH’s 13-7 shot advantage as the Rainbow Wahine were shutout in back-to-back matches for the first time all season. UH looks to make history and make its first Big West Tournament as they were just edged out a season ago and missed the competition their first year as a member of the conference.
Getting Shots Off: While UH is looking for its second win in league, the Rainbow Wahine are performing their best when it comes to shots-per-game (14.2) when comparing August (11.7), September (13.6) and October.
Finding The Net: UH has outdone its offensive efforts from a season ago (18), already having scored 26 goals this season.