Women's Soccer Tournament Field Begins To Shake Out
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 11
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Host Is In: With a 2-0 shutout victory over UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament and will make its third consecutive appearance in the postseason. The Mustangs will play their final regular season game at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday on ESPN3 in a matchup featuring the 2013 regular season titleholder and the 2013 tournament crown owner.
History Is Hers: With a goal in Sunday’s W, junior Elise Krieghoff became the first women’s soccer player to score 46 career goals in a Mustang uniform, claiming the title for most career goals scored in the CP record book.
Hot Streak: Sunday’s win marked the Mustangs’ fourth-straight victory, the greatest current undefeated streak in the conference. The four game-undefeated streak is also CP’s longest run this season.
Abutin Ties Record: Sophomore Megan Abutin tied the CP record for assists in a single season with 12 and currently paces the conference.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Weekend Sweep Means Trip To Tourney: Cal State Fullerton recorded two key victories to clinch one of the four spots in the Big West Tournament in San Luis Obispo. With a 3-2 win over UC Irvine and a 1-0 shutout W over UC Riverside, the Titans have collected a total of 14 points.
Streak: While its longest undefeated streak took place over 11 games from Oct. 7 - Nov. 13 2005, Fullerton has mounted a six-game unbeaten streak and remains unbeaten in Big West contests.
Wilson With the Win: Junior standout Rebecca Wilson recorded her 10th goal of the season Sunday, to help CSF officially claim a spot in the postseason as the Titans look to repeat as the Tournament title holder. Wilson’s 10 goals tie for sixth in CSF single-season history.
Tournament Time: The Titans will make their ninth overall appearance at the conference tournament and third consecutive trip as they travel to the central coast next weekend.
Looking To Clinch: After a 1-0 loss to Long Beach State Thursday and a heartbreaking 4-3 double overtime loss to UC Irvine Sunday, CSUN still looks to clinch a spot in the Big West Conference Tournament with its final game on Sunday, Nov. 2 versus Hawai‘i at home.
Date With Destiny: Despite their two losses last weekend, the Matadors can control their own destiny for a berth in the Tournament with a W over the Rainbow Wahine. Sunday’s game will also honor CSUN’s seniors including Brittanie Sakajian, Melissa Lopez, Leandra Walker and Hannah Wissler.
In The Postseason: The Matadors look to make their fifth conference tournament appearance and first since 2012 when CSUN hosted and claimed the Tournament title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus Cal State Fullerton.
Nothing In The Net: With its final regular season match this weekend versus Hawai‘i, CSUN looks to capitalize on goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill, who leads the conference with the fewest goals allowed at nine.
LONG BEACH STATE
We’ll See Them In San Luis Obispo: The 49ers were the first to clinch a spot in the Big West Tournament after a huge 1-0 shutout win over CSUN, Thursday. Ashley Gonzales scored the game-winner, her eighth goal of the season to pace the Beach. The 49ers will make their seventh appearance in the conference tournament in the last 10 years.
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.
#BWCWords: Said coach Mauricio Ingrassia on Thursday’s victory, “History was on our side tonight. Taylor Nelson and her senior class were freshmen when we made the deepest run in Big West history all the way to Elite Eight. They were not going to let us lose tonight.”
Not Your Average Crowd: The Beach ushered in the third-largest crowd ever at George Allen Field Thursday, and set a new program record for highest average attendance in a season at 750 per game.
Conference Win: UC Davis picked up its third conference win Friday in a 2-1 victory versus Hawai‘i on the island. Junior defenders Lindsey O’Tousa and Ana Marija Sola netted their first goals of the season to lift the Aggies over the Rainbow Wahine.
Efficiency: The Aggies overcame a 13-5 shot disadvantage versus Hawai‘i, still managing to clinch a 2-1 W. Adding credence to Davis’ ability to capitalize on opportunities, the Aggies’ .545 shot on goal percentage is second-best in conference action while their .159 shot percentage is best in Big West contests.
Up Next: While UCD will not be appearing in the conference tournament, it will play its final game of the 2014 campaign versus UC Irvine, Sunday. Looking to match their win total from a season ago, the Aggies look to collect their sixth W at home.
Seniors Set Sail: Senior goalkeeper Taylor Jern and senior foward Lexi Popoff will be honored Sunday at the senior celebration. Jern recorded six shutouts while posting 69 saves.
Still In The Hunt: UC Irvine kept itself in the running for a postseason berth when Tatyana Garrett scored a golden goal in double overtime in the 109th minute to clinch a 4-3 win over CSUN, Sunday.
Postseason Hopes: With two games remaining on its regular season schedule, Irvine must win both in order to have a chance at making an appearance at the conference tournament. The Anteaters will take on Hawai‘i for its final home contest on the year before traveling to UC Davis, Sunday.
Double Trouble: The Anteaters collectively scored four goals Sunday, thanks to the efforts of Laura McGrail and Tatyana Garrett, who both found the back of the net twice. McGrail tallied her eighth goal on the season, third-best in the Big West, while Garrett netted her first two scores on the year.
They Want In: The Anteaters look to make their fifth consecutive Big West Tournament and eighth all-time. Irvine is out for its fifth appearance in the title game and its second championship, its first coming in 1997.
Postseason Hopes Come To Close: After a 1-0 shutout loss to Cal State Fullerton Sunday, UC Riverside saw its postseason hopes dashed at the hands of the Titans. UC Riverside will play its final match Sunday when it hosts Long Beach State on senior day.
Still a Win: Although a postseason berth is off the table, the Highlanders can still secure its first winning season since 2006 if UCR ushers in a win over the 49ers.
Rematch: Sunday’s game marked a rematch of the 2013 Big West Tournament final game that was decided by penalty kicks and resulted in the Titans making a run to the NCAA Tournament. As Rebecca Wilson was the lone scorer in the game, the Highlanders were just nudged for the second year in a row.
Cunningham Climbs The Ranks: Riverside’s Tyler Cunningham ranks second in the Big West with nine assists. The forward also has two goals on the season for 15 points. Her point total ranks sixth in conference.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Drop Blue And Green Rivalry Match: UC Sant Barbara fell in its fnal road match of the season 1-0 at Cal Poly, Sunday. The Gauchos will host Cal State Fullerton in their final game of the 2014 season.
Improved Offensive Output: Despite a shutout loss last weekend, Santa Barbara’s 30 goals on the season rank second best in league -- their 30 goals are also the most scored by UCSB in five years. The closest the Gauchos have been to reaching the 30-goal mark was in 2010 when UCSB totaled 23 netters. Santa Barbara also bested its mark from a season ago by nine scores.
Where They Rank: The Gauchos have taken 100 corner kicks this season, the most of any team in the conference. Further, their 108 shots on goal rank second in league while their .130 shot percentage ranks No. 1 in the Big West.
Senior Salute: Santa Barbara will celebrate senior day Sunday afternoon and will honor Kelly McGrath, Miranda Cornejo, Madison Beckley and Geneve Dromensk.
Senior Day: Hawai‘i celebrated senior day on Friday versus UC Davis in a match that eventually saw the Aggies record a 2-1 win over the Rainbow Wahine at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
Season Comes To A Close: Although the Rainbow Wahine were mathematically elminated from a postseason berth at the conclusion of last weekend’s match, UH still has an opportunity to record another win with two more games on its schedule versus UC Irvine and CSUN.
Tournament Trivia: While in just its third year in the Big West, Hawai‘i still looks to make its first conference tournament.
A Perfect Storm: Despite falling to UC Davis, the ’Bows ended the match with a 13-5 shot-advantage, including 5-1 in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Storm Kenui found the net for UH in the first half to add her sixth goal of the season, a total that ranks sixth-best in league.