Long Beach State Takes Top 25 Ranking Into Week Four
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 4
CP Fought The Good Fight: No. 2 Stanford tested Cal Poly at home Friday and barely squeaked by with a 1-0 advantage over the Mustangs after netting a goal in the 83rd minute of action. CP battled to the end while Giannetti picked up seven saves in the match. The Mustangs came back Sunday to earn a 4-0 shutout win at Fresno State.
Record Watch: While Giannetti is now just 62 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. The senior is close to breaking another CP record for starts. Giannetti currently stands with 63 consecutive starts and is just nine away from tying the Mustang mark.
Kreutz Keeps It Coming: Freshman Caitlyn Kreutz netted two scores in Sunday W over the Bulldogs and leads the Mustangs with four goals in 2015. The freshman’s goal-total is fifth-best in league.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
New Precedent: At 6-0-0, Cal State Fullerton has recorded its best start in program history, edging its 4-0-0 marks recorded in 2008 and 1995. Only 15 teams in the country remain undefeated and only four are 6-0-0.
Wilson On Fire: Senior Rebecca Wilson scored the game-winner in Sunday’s game over UNLV and has now netted a goal in four consecutive matches. The senior has also recorded at least a goal or an assist in five straight contests. With seven scores so far this year, the forward leads the league in the category. Her 17 points are also a Big West-best.
Quadruple It: With its 4-3 win over FGCU Friday, the Titans have scored four goals in three different games in 2015. Sunday’s game marked the second-straight match in which Fullerton has scored three goals in a half.
In The Polls: For the second straight week, CSF has received votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll and is also receiving votes in the Top Drawer Soccer weekly poll.
Win-Streak: With another undefeated weekend under its belt, CSUN has mounted its longest winning-streak since 2005. The Matadors have won five in a row and have recorded three shutout Ws in the process. The win-streak is the longest for coach Keith West in his 10 years at the helm since 2006. West’s teams had posted two different four-game win-streaks over his tenure.
#BWCWords: Coach West on team’s success - “I knew coming into this season, we had a really good team. We are scoring foals and the team is focused. We are playing great as a while right now.”
Sharp Shooters: Over its five game win-streak, CSUN as outscored its opponents 15-2. With an 87-35 shot advantage over that span, the Matadors have outshot its opponents in all five contests as well. CSUN’s 15 scores are just second in conference to Cal State Fullerton’s 17.
Road Trip: The Matadors hit the road for the Nike Portland Invitational and will not return to Northridge until Sept. 25.
LONG BEACH STATE
49ers Rank Among Nation’s Best: For the second week in a row, Long Beach State is ranked 23rd in the nation according to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll. LBSU is the only Big West representative to receive a national ranking in 2015.
Program Record Matched: Long Beach amtched a program single-game record in goals and largest margin of victory Sunday in its 6-0 shutout W. The 49ers also claimed 6-0 wins at Cal Poly and Saint Mary’s in 2011.
Hat Trick: Senior Melanie Fox, who was recognized with Defensice Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts, recorded a hat trick in the Beach’s six-goal performance Sunday. It was the senior’s first career hat trick as a 49er and the first for LBSU since 2012 when Nadia Link recorded the feat.
Unbeaten Through Four: Long Beach has mounted a four-game unbeaten streak and has only allowes a single goal in as much time. The Beach has only allowed two goals all season, to set the mark for fewest scores allowed in the Big West.
Make It Five-Straight: With another undefeated weekend for UC Davis, the Aggies have now won five consecutive contests to set a new program record. This is the longest streak of clean sheets recorded by any UC Davis women’s soccer team since its transition to Division I play in 2007.
Impenetrable Backline: With four shutout wins under its belt, UC Davis leads the league in the category after blanking four opponents in 2015. A season ago, UCD recorded five shutouts on the year. Just three weeks into its current campaign, the Aggies just trail their previous mark by a single SO.
Victories: Three weeks into the 2015 season, the Aggies have already matched their win-total from 2014. Davis finished its previous year at 5-11-3 and is currently 5-1-0 in the young 2015 campaign.
Smith Sets Marks For Aggies: Rachel Smith leads UCD in goals with five scores in her junior season. The junior also ranks in the following categories for the Big West: goals (3rd), points (10 - 4th) and shots (23 - T-1st).
Winning Attitude: After two victories in the Gael Classic in Moraga, Calif. UC Irvine has made it three matches without a defeat or a goal allowed. The ’Eaters recorded a 1-0 overtime win over Nevada Friday and a 1-0 victory over Colorado State Sunday. With two shutout wins, the Anteaters have the third-best mark in the Big West.
#BWCWords: Coach Scott Juniper on Sunday’s defensive performance - “We never looked like conceding.”
Anteater Excursion: The Anteaters continue their eight-match roadtrip as they head to Portlant, Ore. for the Nike Portlant Invitational. 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.
Spread Success: While Tatyana Garrett leads the ’Eaters with two scores on the year, three additional Anteaters have found the back of the net in 2015: Lili Andino, Jenny Konishi and Nayeli Requejo.
Unbeaten Weekend: UC Riverside recorded its first undefeated weekend after back-to-back shutout wins over Houston Baptist (2-0) and CSU Bakersfield (3-0). This is the first time since 2009 that the Highlanders have won three straight matches. The last time UCR wom four matches in a row was early in its 2006 season.
Bustamante Busts A Move, Again: Senior midfielder Alexa Bustamante leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists, and has recorded all of those pints in the team’s last three contests. The senior also has two game winners.
No Goals Allowed Here: Goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas and the Highlanders have lowered their goals against average to 0.99 and have gone 2:02:33 without alloing a goal. The last time UCR recorded three or more consecutive shutouts was in 2009.
Up Next: The Highlanders will be tested for the second time by a ranked opponent when it travels to No. 16 California. This is the first meeting between UCR and the Golden Bears.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Starting 11 for the Gauchos!!! Parque, Hromatko, Feder, Griggs, Magnin, Schornstein, Kokoska, Shoemaker, Furetes, Wheat, Cagina!!! Let's go!!
Back-To-Back: UC Santa Barbara recorded back-to-back wins including a 2-0 shutout victory when Texas traveled to Santa Barbara Friday and a 3-1 win versus Sacramento State, Sunday.
Turning Tide: The last time UCSB recorded back-to-back Ws was Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2014. The two-goal advantage on both Friday and Sunday was the greatest margin of victory since the Gauchos defeated Duquesne 4-0 on Sept. 28, 2014. UCSB will face Duquesne again this weekend on the road.
Perfectly Assisted: Freshman Mallory Hromatko set up a pair of goals Friday to lead UCSB to its 2-0 win over Texas at Harder Stadium. Her pair of assists both came in the second half as the first year first found forward Jessica Parque followed by midfielder Chace Shornstein.
Gauchos Go On Road Trip: UCSB hits the road for a match versus Duqense and St. Francis next weekend for its second road trip of 2015.
Looking Ahead: While Hawai‘i was shutout in two road losses last weekend, the Rainbow Wahine return home to host CSU Bakersfield. The two teams have met three times, the most recent in 2012. Of the three head-to-head contests, the ’Bows have recorded a victory while the Roadrunners have taken two Ws. CSUB comes into the match at 1-3-1, but winless in its last four contests.
Save Savvy: UH has posted the second-highest save total in the Big West with 28. The Rainbow Wahine trail Cal Poly in the category who has posted 43 so far in 2015.
Attendance: UH draws the second-best crowd in the conference with an 830 average. The Rainbow Wahine have enjoyed the cheers of over 3,300 fans and look to give the crowd something to cheer about Saturday versus the Roadrunners.
Week Five: With just a single game this weekend, the ’Bows will then hit the road again and return to the mainland for two games in he state of Nevada.