Free Fútbol: Cal Poly played two overtime matches in its first weekend of the 2015 season, both of which ended in double overtime draws. After getting 10 matches into their 2014 campaign without entering into overtime, the Mustangs already have two under their belt.
Road Trip Continues: CP is halfway through its season-opening road trip and heads to the east coast for matches versus Virginia and Richmond. The Mustangs last traveled to the east coast on Aug. 31, 2014 for a game at Florida Atlantic. The Owls managed a 2-0 victory over the Mustangs.
In The Net: Junior Megan Abutin scored Cal Poly’s first goal of the season in its second match of the year. Abutin knocked in the go-ahead score versus the Gaels before Saint Mary’s would come back to even the match at 1-1. The junior netted seven goals last season and now has 12 for her career.
Shots Fired: Senior Elise Krieghoff has 10 shots through two matches, the second-most in league.
Undefeated: After a 1-0 win versus Liberty and a 4-1 finish over George Washington, Cal State Fullerton opened its season at 2-0 for the first time since 2008 when the squad opened the campaign at 4-0.
Double The Trouble: Seniors Rebecca Wilson and Christina Burkenroad both scored twice in Fullerton’s 4-1 victory on Sunday. It marked the first time the Titans have netted four scores since winning their conference match versus UC Santa Barbara 4-2 on Oct. 28, 2014. Burkenroad was also the last Titan to net two in a single match in the aforementioned match.
Wilson Count: Wilson’s 17 career goals tie for eighth all-time in CSF history and her 45 career points tie for ninth.
Score More: With five goals through the first weekend of the 2015 season, Fullerton leads the league in netters. The Titans also lead the Big West with a .583 shots on goal percentage and tie for the most shutours at one. CSF is the only team in conference to open its season with two Ws.
Matadors Bouce Back: After a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime defeat at No. 10 Pepperdine Friday, CSUN bounced back when they hosted Portland State to record a 3-0 shutout win in their second game of the season.
First Timers: Sophomore Destinney Duron and Junior Kourtney Kutscher registered their first career scores in the 3-0 victory while Cynthia Sanchez put away her fourth career goal.
Team Goals: With three team goals through the first weekend of play, the Matadors have netted the second-most scores in league. Last season CSUN scored a collective 19 goals, the eighth-most in the Big West. With 11 goals scored in league action, CSUN netted the fourth-best goal-total in 2014.
Home for the Weekend: CSUN will host Southern Utah and New Mexico State in a two-game homestand this weekend. The Matadors were 5-3-1 at home in 2014.
The Beach Bests The Bruins: Long Beach State upset No. 4 UCLA in a 1-0 shutout win Friday evening in its 2015 home opener. LBSU’s season-opening victory marked the first time the 49ers beat a ranked opponet since Sept. 21, 2013 when Long Beach recorded a 1-0 shutout win over No. 11 Brigham Young. The Beach is 3-1-1 versus ranked opponents since 2013 and at No. 4, UCLA is the highest-ranked foe the Beach has beat in that time span. Friday also marked the first W over UCLA since 1983.
Goal-Getter: Sophomore Ashley Gonzales, the reigning Big West Freshman of the Year, was able to find the back of the net to secure Friday’s victory for the 49ers as she netted her 10th career goal.
History Made: LBSU took down the Bruins in front of a record-breaking 2,232 crowd at George Allen Field, beating its previous mark set in 2012 of 1,304 by more than 1,000.
LBSU Wraps Up Homestand: Coming off of a heart-breaking 1-0 overtime loss to Auburn, LBSU will finish out its four-game homestand with Iowa State and Bucknell.
Aggies Clinch Causeway Cup Matchup: Thanks to goals from Sienna Drizin and freshman Riley Marshall, UC Davis recorded a 2-1 win Monday evening in its rivalry game versus Sacramento State in the 2015 installment of the Causeway Cup at Aggie Soccer Field. Monday marked Marshall’s first career goal as an Aggie while Drizin scored her eighth career netter.
Causeway Cup Quick Hits: The Aggies extended their streak to seven head-to-head victories over the Hornets and have not dropped a rivalry match since joining the Big West Conference. Davis improves to 4-0-1 in Causeway Cup matches held at Aggie Soccer Field since becoming a Division I program. With the win, Davis snagged the first five points in the rivalry competition that involved 17 of the school’s common teams.
Davis Hits The Road: After splitting its opening weekend 1-1 at home, UCD hits the road and heads north to Oregon where it will face Portland State and Eastern Washington. While the Aggies were 2-4-3 at home in 2014, they were 3-6 on the road in coach Kaufman’s first year at the helm.
Anteater Split: UC Irvine split its first two games of the season after falling 1-0 to Aubun and defeating Idaho State 3-1 Monday evening. All three of Irvine’s goals were scored in the second half versus the Bengals.
#BWCWords: UCI coach Scott Juniper on win - “When you an bring new players in and they’re scoring goals in their first games at this level, that can be exciting for the future. I’m thrilled for them, and they’ll build on that this weekend.”
Hot Out Of The Gates: Junior transfer Nayeli Requejo scored her first goal as an Anteater in Monday’s victory in addition to senior Jenny Konishi and freshman Lili Andino who also scored their first career goals in the 3-1 win.
Firing Squad: A total of eleven different Anteaters had a shot in Monday’s game while eight put one on target. UCI put 11 of its 19 shots on frame, just one shy of their team high 20 shots and 12 on target recorded twice versus Fresno State and CSUN.
Roadies: UCI heads east for two matches as part of an eight-game road trip.
Highlanders Even After Week One: UC Riverside dropped its first contest to George Washington in a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss, but picked up its first W on the year in a 3-1 win over Liberty, Sunday night at the Cal State Fullerton Tournament.
Upping The Ante: In its 3-1 win Sunday, UC Riverside posted a 24-8 shot advantage and a 16-4 shots on goal advantage. The Highlanders earned 13 corners while Liberty took just two throughout the duration of the match.
Back Of The Net: Brittnay Mata, Marriah Perez and Tyler Cunningham all scored their first goals of the young season to left the Highlanders over the Flames. UCR opened the 2014 season in a similar fashion as Riverside scored three goals in its first victory on the year. The Highlanders totaled 26 scores last season, the sixth-best mark in league.
Right On Frame: While Riverside ended their previous season with a league-best .488 shots on goal percentage, at .564 the Highlanders are at No. 2 in conference.
Week One Woes: UC Santa Barbara struggled in its first week of play, recording two shutout losses in back-to-back matches to Saint Mary’s (2-0) and San Francisco (1-0). The Gauchos were shutout a total of six times last season coming in five losses and a tie. UCSB also recorded six shutouts of their own in 2014, the fourth-best mark posted in league.
Team Leaders: On Sunday, Amanda Ball led the Gauchos with four shots as teammate and goalkeeper Beth Ritter recorded five saves. Ball upped her season total to six shots fired while Ana Cruz and Mallory Hromatko both have four a piece.The Gauchos have posted a collective 25 shots while 12 have been on target.
Soccer Heaven: The Gauchos look for their first win of 2015 as they head home to host three upcoming matches. UCSB will first take on San Jose State Friday, followed by Texas and Sacramento State the following week. While UCSB opened its campaign a year ago with back-to-back wins, the Gauchos look to put its first Ws on the board at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Ranked Opponents Get The Best Of The ’Bows: Hawai‘i was tested in its first weekend of play as they faced No. 3 Stanford and No. 18 California. Though both matches resulted in a loss, the Rainbow Wahine were able to put points on the board in both games.
Rainbow Wahine Score: Sonest Furtado and Lauren Takai are the first two ’Bows to record goals in the young campaign while Furtado scored against the Cardinal and Takai put home a late goal versus the Golden Bears.
Versus The Top Teams: Hawai‘i was the only team in the Big West to face two ranked opponents in the opening weekend of play. Long Beach State faced a ranked opponent in No. 4 UCLA, Friday.
Tournament Time: UH will host its second tournament of the season with the Outrigger Resorts No Ka Oi with games slated versus Wyoming and Denver. With two games in the upcoming weekend, the ’Bows will close out their season-opening four-game homestand. Hawai‘i looks for its first W on the year.