Cal State Fullerton Looks For Best Start In Program History
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 3
Giannetti Breaks Record: Cal Poly senior Alyssa Giannetti set a new program career saves record with her 308th save since 2012 in the 21st minute Sunday. The goalkeeper went on to record another five stops for 313 in total which ranks sixth-best in Big West history. Giannetti is 75 away from the conference mark at 388 set by Tawny Poggio from 2003-06.
Record Watch: While Giannetti is 75 away from the conference-best 338 career saves, the senior has recorded more than 75 stops in her previous three campaigns: 123 (2012), 84 (2013), 78 (2014). Her 123 saves in her freshman campaign also rank sixth-best in league history.
Big West Mark Belongs To Krieghoff: Senior Elise Krieghoff now owns the conference record for career shots with 288. The senior entered her final campaign with 269 and has amassed 19 on the year so far to set a league, all-time best.
Just In Time: To clinch Sunday’s W, Caitlyn Kreutz scored the fourth-latest go-ahead goal in school history at 87:52.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Unblemished: At 4-0, Cal State Fullerton is off to its best start since 2008. With a 3-1 win over Utah Sunday, the Titans defeated a Pac-12 opponent for just the third time in program history.
Double Trouble: Senior Rebecca Wilson leads the league with five scores on the year and has already compiled two multiple-goal performances. Teammate Christina Burkenroad trails Wilson with four goals of her own. Wilson’s 12 points are also a conference-best while Burkenroad’s nine own sole posession of second-most in conference.
Win-Streaking: With four victories in a row, the Titans’ unbeaten mark is reminiscent of their undefeated league record in 2014. CSF went 8-0-3 at the close of last season before falling 5-2 to Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Hot Start: Should Fullerton win or tie its next match, the Titans will record its best start in the history of the CSF women’s soccer program.
CSUN Makes Noise: CSUN recorded its first unbeaten weekend with its second shutout W of the season over Southern Utah and a 5-1 victory versus New Mexico State. The last time the Matadors won three in a row was Oct. 3 through Oct. 16, 2014 when CSUN recorded four consecutive Ws in league play.
Sharp Shooters: Over its three game win-streak, CSUN as outscored its opponents 10-1. With a 63-29 shot advantage over that span, the Matadors have outshot its opponents in all three contests as well. CSUN’s 10 scores are just second in conference to Cal State Fullerton’s 12.
Plenty Of Offense: Five different Matadors have registered a goal this season, which ties for the most scorers in a single program so far in the Big West. The two other squads to also have five scorers in 2015 are CSF and UC Riverside.
Two For One: Sophomore Kiley Norkus scored twice in Sunday’s game in the first half, becoming the first Matador since Oct. 19, 2012 to net two goals in a single match. That same game was the last time CSUN netted five scores.
LONG BEACH STATE
Weekend Sweep: Long Beach State completed its weekend sweep Sunday with a 1-0 overtime victory thanks to a golden goal from freshman Fatmata Kamara who found the back of the net in the 95th minute. LBSU recorded its first W over the weekend on Friday with a 2-1 advantage over Iowa State.
LBSU Breaks Into Top 25: At 3-1-0, LBSU is ranked No. 23 according to the Sept. 1, NSCAA poll.
McKeown Means Business: Goalkeeper Ashton McKeown entered her junior campaign with marks in the Big West record book in the following categories: season minutes in goal (2,016 - 5th) and season shutouts (9 - 10th). The junior is poised to break into multiple categories including minutes and shutouts within her career as a 49er. With two shutouts in 2015, McKeown has registered the 11th of her career.
Too Hot To Handle: LBSU owned a lopsided advantage in shots (18-3), shots on goal (9-0) and corner kicks (13-1) versus the Bison Sunday. The 49ers’ season totals in the categories rank as follows: shots (57 - 3rd), shots on goal (27 - 4th), corner kicks (22 - 4th).
Heading Out: The Beach hits the road to travel to San Diego for its first away match of the season.
Unbeaten Weekend: Not only did UC Davis win back-to-back games in the second week of the season, but the Aggies did not give up a goal in 180 minutes of action versus Portland State and Eastern Washington.
Budding Talent: Freshman goalkeeper Alexis Smith recorded back-to-back shutouts and has played 360:00 minutes between the bars, the fifth-most in league. Her three goals-allowed are the third-fewest in the Big West while her 0.75 goals-against average is third-best. Three wins ties for best in conference while her two shutouts tie for the best mark league-wide.
Thice As Nice: With three consecutive victories, the Aggies have completed a feat that UCD last recorded in 2011 from Oct. 6 through Oct. 23 when Davis mounted a five-game unbeaten streak. The Aggies look to continue adding notches to its win-column as it returns home for a match with North Dakota State Friday, and Denver Sunday. Davis last recorded back-to-back shutout wins on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31, 2014 at home.
Lone-Star Outcome: UC Irvine did not shy away from tough opponents when making its 2015 schedule as it faced No. 4 Texas A&M Friday. While the Aggies got the best of the Anteaters in a 4-0 win, UCI help Abilene scoreless Sunday in a 0-0 double overtime draw.
#BWCWords: Coach Scott Juniper on Sunday’s defensive performance - “We never looked like conceding.”
Edge Of Seventeen: UCI has plenty of talent to come off the bench as a total of 17 Anteaters saw playing time Sunday. The only four to play all 110 minutes was midfielder Brittany Nguyen, defenders Haley O’Brien and Grayson Galbraith and goalkeeper Corey Tobin.
Anteater Excursion: The Anteaters continue their eight-match roadtrip as they head to Moraga, Calif., the home of the Saint Mary’s Gaels where they will face Nevada and Colorado State. Irvine set the mark for the longest road trip of any Big West program in 2015.
Home On The Range: With the longest road-trip in 2015, conversely, the ’Eaters have the fewest game at home.
Even After Two: UC Riverside is even following its first four matches after a 2-0 loss to No. 17 USC and a 4-2 win over Southern Utah. USC is the first top-25 team the Highlanders have faced this season.
Bustamante Busts A Move: Senior midfielder Alexa Bustamante netted a pair of goals in Sunday’s victory to help the Highlanders improve to 2-2 on the year. The senior made two scores on two attempts for a perfect 1.000 shot percentage. Both Bustamante and teammate Tyler Cunningham have two goals on the year. Cunningham leads the Highlanders with five points while Bustamante just trails with four of her own. Bustamante is the first from UCR to net two in a single match in 2015.
On Frame: Riverside’s offense is dangerous as it leads the league with 36 shots on goal. The Highlanders also set the mark in conference after earning 31 corner kicks through four games.
Coming Up: UCR will host Houston Baptist Friday before hitting the road and traveling to CSU Bakersfield.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Double Overtime Drama: UC Santa Barbara netted its first goal of the season versus San Jose State in a 1-1 double overtime draw at home. UCSB moved to 0-2-1 after the second week of action.
Hunting For Ws: UCSB is in the hunt for its first W on the year as it will host Texas and Sacramento State this weekend. Last season the longest the program went without a win was five matches before then the Gauchos went on to win four in a row. UCSB looks to have the same turn-around in the third week of play.
Sac State On The Horizon: The Gauchos last faced the Hornets on Sept. 19, 2014 and captured a 2-0 shutout win.
#BWCWords: Sophomore midfielder Chace Shornstein on San Jose State tie - “We started connecting more as the game went on and we had shots on goal and hopefully as time goes on we’ll get to finish those.”
Net: Freshman Mallory Hromatko scored UCSB’s inaugural goal of 2015 and her first as a Gaucho in Sunday’s draw.
Golden Goal: Hawaii’s Kama Pascua scored in the 95th goal Monday night to clinch UH’s first W on the year in a 1-0 overtime victory over Denver. The win also clinched the Outrigger Resorts No Ka ‘Oi title.
Shutout: The Rainbow Wahine blanked the Pioneers Monday while goalkeeper Monk Berger recorded her first shutout since her freshman campaign. In her inaugural season, Berger set a program mark with seven solo shutouts after logging minutes in 14 matches with 13 starts. Monday’s win made it back-to-back games in which UH held its opponents scoreless.
All-Tournament: Five Rainbow Wahine were named to the All-Tournament team in Lidia Battaglia, Kama Pascua (MOP), Sarah Lau, Storm Kenui and Monk Berger. The other six members were divided evenly between Denver and Wyoming.
Leaving The Island: The ’Bows head out to the mainland for the first time this season and will face Portland Friday before San Francisco Sunday.