Titans Draw Stanford In First Round Of NCAA Tournament
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Women's Soccer Weekly Release 13
Cal State Fullerton will make its sixth NCAA appearance this weekend in Palo Alto after earning its fifth Big West title. In back-to-back seasons, the Titans will face Stanford in the first round of tourney play. Looking to avenge last season's 1-0 loss to the Cardinal, the Titans look to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in CSF program history.
Read about the Titans' road to the 2014 Big West Championship final here and the recap of their victory here.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Penalty Kicks Decide Season’s Fate: Cal Poly saw its season come to a close Thursday night as the Mustangs were eliminated from the Big West Tournament on penalty kicks versus Long Beach State. After 110 minutes that resulted in a scoreless draw, the 49ers edged the Mustangs 5-4 in PKs to advance to Sunday’s championship match.
History Repeats Itself: The Mustangs suffered an identical fate this season as they did in 2013 when Cal State Fullerton advanced to the championship after a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks over CP. The Mustang versus 49er matchup this year marks the fifth semifinal match decided in penalty kicks in conference tournament history.
Above .500: 2014 marks the seventh consecutive season the Mustangs have finished .500 or better.
Giannetti In The Record Book: Junior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti made her 58th career start and is now second all-time for the program. The goalkeeper also recorded her fifth clean sheet of 2014.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Back-To-Back: Cal State Fullerton clinched its second straight Big West Tournament title with a 2-1 victory over Long Beach State, Sunday. The Titans swept the Big West titles this season and were the first team since 2007 to claim both the regular season and the tournament title. Only four teams in tournament history have achieved the feat.
Hot Streak: As the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament, the Titans will bring a seven-match winning streak and a 10-match unbeaten streak into their sixth NCAA Tournament.
Consistency: Fullerton has not won back-to-back conference tournaments or made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since winning three straight and making three consecutive trips from 2005-07.
Best In The Big West: The Titans have produced their 10th double-digit winning season (10-7-4) since the program’s first season in 1993 and after Sunday’s final, remain unbeaten by league opponents in 2014.
The End Of The Road: CSUN played its final game of the 2014 campaign when it fell to the eventual tournament champions, Cal State Fullerton, in a 1-0 decision, Thursday in San Luis Obispo.
Defying Odds: Despite being picked to finish seventh in the Preseason Coaches Poll, the Matadors qualified for the Big West Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years.
Setting New Standards: For the first time in program history, CSUN won at both Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara in the same season in league play.
In The Record Book: CSUN’s four seniors, Hannah Wissler, Melissa Lopez, Brittanie Sakajian and Leandra Walker played their final games of their collegiate careers as CSUN graduated four who were part of the 2012 team that captured the Big West Tournament and the program’s first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Nods: Jovani McCaskill became the first Matador to be named Big West Player of the Week since Oct. 29, 2012.
LONG BEACH STATE
Runner-Up: In its fourth appearance in the Big West Tournament finals, Long Beach State fought to a 2-1 defeat to regular season champions, Cal State Fullerton.
Tournament Tidbit: The 49ers have made four championship appearances in the last seven years and are now 2-1-1 in Big West title matches.
Young Talent: Freshman Ashley Gonzales found the back of the net in the finals for her ninth goal of the year. The Big West Freshman of the Year’s goal total is tied for eighth-best in the LBSU single-season record book.
Where They Rank: Mimi Rangel tallied her 10th career assist, just one shy of cracking the program’s all-time top 10.
#BWCWords: Head Coach Mauricio Ingrassia on Championship game: “It took some tremendous effort from the group mentally to turn the game around. We moved a few pieces around to try to get some more life into the team and we made one play to make it 2-1. I felt like we had a lot of opportunities after that, so I’m very proud of the group for the way they responded.”
Senior Celebration: UC Davis honored its four seniors in goalkeeper Taylor Jern, Lexi Poppoff, Charlotte Ellberg and Lauren Paul. The Aggies dropped their final match of the 2014 campaign in a 3-0 loss to UC Irvine.
In The Books: Jern concluded her four-year career with 242 saves in an Aggie uniform and is now ranked second all-time in the program’s history. Jern’s 73 saves this season rank third-best in the league while her 1.20 goals against average is fourth-best in the conference.
#BWCWords: Head coach Twila Kaufman on her senior’s final game: “Their legacy is not defined one way or another by today’s result, it is shaped by who they are on days like today. Their character, and who they are as people are second to none.”
Consistency: The Aggies’ four-game unbeaten streak recorded earlier this season was their greatest since the open of the 2012 campaign in which UCD had a five-match unbeaten mark.
Going Out With A Bang: While UC Irvine would not advance to the postseason, the Anteaters ended their 2014 campaign with a 3-0 victory over UC Davis as Laura McGrail found the net twice and teammate Tatyana Garrett scored in the 65th minute to record a final shutout win.
Goal Scorers: Senior McGrail totaled 10 goals on the season for a 23-goal career total to tie for 10th all-time with 52 career points. McGrail is also the 11th Anteater in program history to reach 20 career goals and would finish out the campaign leading the ’Eaters in goals, points (23) and shots (58). Her 58 shots are 32 more than teammate Bianca Frontino’s total who is second-best on the squad with her 26-shot mark. Garrett’s netter was her third on the season, all coming in her last two games played.
Touching On The Tournament: This year marks the first time the Anteaters missed the Tournament since 2008. Since that season, the Anteaters have appeared in two title games. Irvine’s first and only championship came in 1997 when the ’Eaters took Cal Poly 3-2 in overtime.
History Made: With a 1-0 win over Long Beach State in its season finale on senior day, UC Riverside officially recorded its first winning season since 2006.
Full House: Setting a record for attendance in a single match versus LBSU as well as a record for average attendance for a season, 823 fans bore witness to history being made as UCR finished its 2014 campaign with an 8-7-3 mark overall.
Shutout Show: With a 1-0 shutout win over the weekend, UCR recorded its seventh clean sheet of the season -- that’s five more than the Highlanders recorded a year ago, six more than the 2012 season, and three more than the 2011 campaign.
Magic Eight: The Highlanders have recorded at least eight wins in three of the last four years, just missing the mark in 2012 when UCR went 7-10-3 overall. It’s been consistent growth for Riverside as they recorded just a single W in the 2010 campaign.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Season Comes To Close: In its final game of the 2014 campaign, UC Santa Barbara dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans as the Gauchos finished the year with an overall 8-9-2 mark going 2-6-0 in conference.
Best In The West: The Gauchos completed their season with a league-high tying 32 goals scored and a conference-leading .133 shot percentage overall. UCSB also tied for the league lead as it drew 104 corner kicks while its 111 shots on goal were second-best in league.
Repeat: Santa Barbara’s five-game unbeaten streak matches its five-game win streak from 2013 while its shot percentage improved by 24 percent.
Shared Success: A total of 14 Gauchos found the back of the net this season while 10 scored at least two or more goals. Compared to last season, only nine Gauchos recorded a goal and just five had scored two or more goals on the season.
Last Draw: Hawai‘i concluded its 2014 campaign with a 0-0 double overtime draw to CSUN in Northridge, Calif. on Sunday afternoon. The finale marked the Rainbow Wahine’s fourth overtime decision on the year.
Homers: Heading into the weekend, the ’Bows were 3-3 on the mainland and 7-6-1 in their last 14 road matches dating back to the 2013 season. After the recent trip to southern California, the Rainbow Wahine are 4-4 on the mainland and 8-7-1 in their last 16 games away from home.
Tournament Trivia: While the ’Bows were mathematically removed from the postseason before heading into the final week of regulation, UH still hopes to land its first-ever conference tournament berth next season.
Trends: With a 13.3 shots-per-game average, the Rainbow Wahine outperformed opponents in the category by 1.6 percent. The Bows also tended to fire shots more often in the first half than in the second half, whereas opponents typically out-shot UH in the second period.