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Women's Soccer

Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State Seek Tournament Crown

11/8/2014

Rivals Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State meet on Fox Sports #PrimeTicket for a chance to #RaisetheCup

While Cal State Fullerton looks to repeat this Sunday in the championship game versus Long Beach State, the 49ers seek their first Tournament title since 2011.

Titans Aim for Big West Tournament Title Sunday

Cal State Fullerton (9-7-4), the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament and 2014 Big West regular season champion, will play Long Beach State at 1 p.m., Sunday in the tournament title game for the right to earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.The Titans advanced out of the semifinals by defeating No. 4 CSUN, 1-0, as Christina Burkenroad scored in the 67th minute on Thursday night.Long Beach State advanced past Cal Poly on penalty kicks, 5-4, in the second semifinal match after the teams finished regulation and overtime tied at 0-0.

COMPLETE PREVIEW

LBSU Set to Face Cal State Fullerton in Big West Championship Game on Sunday


The third-seeded Long Beach State women's soccer team will be looking for its fifth NCAA Tournament berth in seven years when it takes on No. 1 seed Cal State Fullerton in the Big West championship game in San Luis Obispo on Sunday, Nov. 9. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. (PST) at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

COMPLETE PREVIEW



Cal State Fullerton's Road to RAISING THE CUP

Cal State Fullerton opened their season with a thrilling 1-1 double overtime draw versus No. 22 Brigham Young.

#BWCWords
:  Coach Demian Brown on season opening tie: “It’s a great way for us to start going into a season.  The things that happened through the course of the game were completely expected in the sense that BYU is a great program.”

Sophomore Ivy Diego came up clutch in Fullerton's season opening match versus the Cougars when she scored the equalizer on a double assist from teammates Connie Caliz and Christina Burkenroad.  This marked Diego’s first collegiate goal as a Titan.

 

The 2014 Big West Conference Regular Season Champions! #tusksup#bwsoccer #titanssoccer #champions

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The Titans went on to play nine overtime matches this season, the most of any Big West program. 


Brown challenged the CSF student body to show up in droves at the Oct. 9 match against conference rival Long Beach State.  Brown promised that if 500 or more students attend the game, he will attend a future men’s basketball game as Tuffy, the school’s mascot.  Last season, the heated rivalry game ended in a 1-1 draw. - See more at: story.asp?STORY_ID=17837#sthash.mHWu4Lht.dpuf
Coach Demian Brown challenged CSF to show up in droves for the Oct. 9 game versus rival, and championship opponent, Long Beach State.  Brown promised that if 500 or more students were in attendance that night, he would attend a future men's basketball game as Tuffy, the Fullerton mascot.  That night a total of 513 students for a collective 1,536 fans cheered on the Titans to a 0-0 stalemate, answering coach Brown's challenge.  The attendance ranked second in women's soccer history.


#BWCWords:  Coach Brown on the rivalry match:  "This game was a great example of how competitive and how entertaining the Big West Conference is on the women's side.  I feel that our team is coming into conference playing at a very high level, and again this a great example of two really good teams in our conference battling it out."
Brown challenged the CSF student body to show up in droves at the Oct. 9 match against conference rival Long Beach State.  Brown promised that if 500 or more students attend the game, he will attend a future men’s basketball game as Tuffy, the school’s mascot.  Last season, the heated rivalry game ended in a 1-1 draw. - See more at: story.asp?STORY_ID=17837#sthash.mHWu4Lht.dpuf


Brown challenged the CSF student body to show up in droves at the Oct. 9 match against conference rival Long Beach State.  Brown promised that if 500 or more students attend the game, he will attend a future men’s basketball game as Tuffy, the school’s mascot.  Last season, the heated rivalry game ended in a 1-1 draw. - See more at: story.asp?STORY_ID=17837#sthash.mHWu4Lht.dpuf
Brown challenged the CSF student body to show up in droves at the Oct. 9 match against conference rival Long Beach State.  Brown promised that if 500 or more students attend the game, he will attend a future men’s basketball game as Tuffy, the school’s mascot.  Last season, the heated rivalry game ended in a 1-1 draw. - See more at: story.asp?STORY_ID=17837#sthash.mHWu4Lht.dpuf
On senior night, versus defending regular season champion, Cal Poly, the Titans clinched the regular season title in a 1-0 victory at Titan Stadium, their seventh regular season Big West title all-time.  Senior Adriana Gjonovich sealed @CSUF_WSoccer's fate with a late-game game-winner on an assist from junior Christina Burkenroad.


The Titans have won three consecutive titles of some sort after capturing the 2012 and 2014 regular season championships and as well as the 2013 Big West Tournament title.



#BWCWords: Gjonovich on senior night's pre-game talk: "This is our house, our senior night.  We all put our bodies in it."

Junior Rebecca Wilson, who returned to the pitch after an injury cut her 2013 campaign short a year ago, capped off her junior year with a team-best 10 goals and one assist for 21 points.  While her goal total is second-best in league, Wilson helped the Titans to a league-high tying 13 goals in the conference portion of their schedule.  The junior went on a three-game scoring streak from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5 and recorded multiple scores in a single game twice this season. Wilson was also a two-time Big West Offensive Player of the Week honoree in 2014 and became the third Titan to be named Offensive Player of the Year.


The Titans remain undefeated against Big West opponents in 2014.


Long Beach State's Road to RAISING THE CUPalt

Prior to the 2014 campaign, head coach Mauricio Ingrassia was asked about his team's mentality, "They fight for each other," he said.

“It’s one moment at a time, which leads to one play at a time.  One training session at a time, one day at a time.  And trying to give our best in each moment so that those good days add up and we build good soccer karma for ourselves working as hard as we can and making our own luck.” - See more at: story.asp?story_id=17846#sthash.4atDnQxy.dpuf
"It's one moment at a time, which leads to one play at a time.  One training session at a time, one day at a time.  And trying to give our best in each moment so that those good days add up and we build good soccer karma for ourselves working as hard as we can and mkaing our own luck."

The 49ers recorded their first shutout and tie versus a ranked opponent, No. 20 Georgetown, in their first weekend of action on the road before a weekend sweep in their next two outings at home.

Long Beach went on to mount a six game unbeaten streak towards the close of conference play, for the second-longest streak of any Big West program this season in part to the Beach's tight defense who capped off the season with the lowest goals allowed at 16 and the lowest goals against average in the league at 0.80.

 

LB to FLORIDA. Hoping to get those results this weekend. #GoBeach #LBSoccer 💛⚽️

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With a regular season campaign that saw an overall 8-6-5 season for a 4-2-2 record in league, the 49ers dominated the Big West All-Conference awards, receiving a total of four out of the six individual honors.


Freshman of the Year: Ashley Gonzales


Goalkeeper of the Year:  Ashton McKeown


Midfielder of the Year:  Mimi Rangel


Defesive Player of the Year:  Taylor Nelson


The 49ers were also the first to clinch a spot in the Big West women's soccer Tournament and celebrated senior night with a 1-0 victory over the visiting CSUN Matadors.

With 1,190 in attendance for the home season finale, a season-high total, @LBSUSoccer set the record for highest average attendance per game at 750.

The 49ers played to a dramatic finish in the second semifinal match of the Big West Tournament versus host Cal Poly as the Beach advanced after a 5-4 advantage in penalty kicks.




Junior forward Vania Robles, came up clutch for Long Beach as she sent the ball soaring into the back of the net to take her team to the championship game for the first time since the 2011 season.

“Going into it I knew that I had to block everything out," said Robles on her made penalty kick.  " I just knew that I had to stick to where I was going to go.  Afterwards, it was just the best feeling ever.  To be able to say that I was able to help my team get through means a lot.”

#BWCWords
:  Robles on advancing to the finals:  “This is just the start, it lit us up.  This is the start of everything, we still have a long way.  Everything we’ve been through this season, it’s all practice. 



"This is where it really starts.”


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