It's Time For Big West Soccer
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 7
Mustangs Keep It Even: After playing ranked BYU and Pepperdine who opened the 2015 season ranked No. 10 in the top 25, Cal Poly recorded a key pair of draws to close out non-conference play.
Krieghoff Scores: Senior Elise Frieghoff, who received her ninth Big West Offensive Player of the Week award (the most all-time in league history) found the back of the net Thursday in route to a 1-1 draw at home. It was just the second score the Cougars had conceded all fall.
Senior Solidifies Spots In Record Book: With her 48th and 49th career goals scored this weekend, Krieghoff climbs to second all-time in career points with 105 (49 g, 7a). The forward already broke the all-time mark for career shots earlier this season and has 305 to her name. Krieghoff is just seven goals shy of setting a new record in the category.
Conference Coming Their Way: Cal Poly will travel to Davis to take on the Aggies who are hot on the heels of an unbeaten weekend before they take on Hawai‘i, Sunday.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Offensive Outbreak: Cal State Fullerton netted six goals in Sunay’s 6-3 victory, making it the first time since Oct. 20, 2002 since the Titans tallied so many scores in a single contest. Sunday’s matchup with San Diego put on quite the offensive show as a total of nine goals were scored between the two squads.
Untouchable At Home: The Titans are in the midst of a nine-game win streak at Titan Stadium dating back to 2014, as well as a 10-game unbeaten streak.
Record Vs. League Opponents: With conference play kicking off this weekend, the Titans look to continue its trend of victories in the recent past. The last time CSF dropped a contest to a conference opponent was Nov. 3, 2013 at UC Irvine in a 1-0 finish. The Titans went on to win the Big West Tournament that year and competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Vote Showdown: While CSF is receiving votes in the polls, it heads to Long Beach State for its lone conference game this weekend to face the 49ers who are also receiving votes.
Final Non-Conference Swing: CSUN dropped its final two non-conference matches last weekend after a 4-1 loss to San Jose State and a 2-1 double overtime heartbreaker to No. 15 Texas Tech. Sunday’s defeat marked the first time this season that the Matadors dropped a match after scoring first in a contest.
Sanchez Climbs Charts: Sophomore Cynthia Sanchez and her eight season scores rank second-best in league heading into conference play. Sanchez has also accumulated a pair of assists for a Big West second-best 18 points. The second year’s .286 shot percentage ranks 13th-best. With four game-winning goals, the forward has the second-highest total in league.
Looking To League: CSUN looks to make the postseason tournament for the second consecutive year and begins its quest this weekend with its first league contest in Davis, Calif. to face the Aggies, Sunday. The last time the two teams met, the Matadors recorded a 4-0 shutout win at home on Oct. 16, 2014.
LONG BEACH STATE
49ers Vs Cougars: Long Beach State battled to a 1-0 defeat to No. 5 Brigham Young, Saturday to bring the Beach to a 2-1 record against top 25 teams after tackling No. 20 DePaul in a 1-0 shutout win last weekend.
In The Polls: Long Beach has been in and out of the national polls in 2015, pulling in a ranking as high as No. 23 as recent as Sept. 15. The 49ers have received votes since.
Defense To Beat: LBSU has recorded six shutouts on the year, the most of any Big West team so far, including a 1-0 win versus No. 4 UCLA to open the season on Aug. 21. The 49ers also recorded a 6-0 shutout over Portland State on Sept. 6 thanks to LBSU’s defensive efforts led by junior goalkeeper Ashton McKeown. McKeown owns a .837 save percentage and a 0.61 goals against average.
To Tital Stadium: The Beach will face reigning Big West champion Cal State Fullerton in its conference opener at home on George Allen Field. The Titans are the only other team in league to receive votes in the polls in 2015.
Weekend Warriors: UC Davis recorded a big win Sunday as it earned a 1-0 victory versus St. Mary’s in double overtime. The win secured a new program record for the 2015 Aggies.
Another Weekend, Another Record: Davis’ seven non-conference victories are the most recorded by any Aggie squad since 2007 when the program transitioned to Division I. The 2015 win total heading into league play is also a victory more than the previous two seasons non-conference win-total combined.
2015 Squad Sets Win-Streak Mark: Earlier this season the Aggies won five consecutive contests to set a new program record. Five back-to-back Ws 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.
Home Field Advantage: UC Davis will host Cal Poly and CSUN in its first Big West weekend and looks to maintain its recent unbeaten mark at home. UCD boasts a 5-2-0 mark at Aggie Soccer Field this season and Aggies have never dropped a conference opener at home.
Top 25 Weekend: UC Irvine struggled against No. 23 Santa Clara and fell in a 4-0 decision to the Broncos. The Anteaters look to turn their fate around as they open conference play with UC Riverside at home, Sunday.
Anteater Stadium: The ’Eaters will remain home for one of its six home contests of the 2015 season this weekend as it hosts league foe, UCR. The seven games played at Anteater Stadium (including two exhibition games to kick off the year) tie the 2007 stretch for fewest games at home under Coach Juniper.
Youth Make Presence Known: Of Irvine’s 33 on the roster, 23 of those student-athletes are less than two years into their careers with the ’Eaters.
#BWCWords: Sophomore Grayson Galbraith on team’s youth - “We’re a super young team. I don’t think people know what to expect. That’s good for us, I think we’re going to come in strong. We have good competition, but if we do everything right, we have the talent to do well.”
Unbeaten Road Trip: UC Riverside recorded an undefeated weekend on the road that included two shutout victories in a 2-0 win at South Dakota and a 1-0 advantage at North Dakota State. This is the second time this year that the Highlanders have recorded back-to-back shutout Ws and the second undefeated weekend to date.
Number Game: Riverside’s 16 goals scored rank fourth-best in league while their 15 assists are third-best in the Big West.
Conference Calls: The Highlanders travel to UC Irvine to kick off conference action, Sunday. UCR has not dropped a contest by more than a single score since Aug. 28 when Riverside faced No. 17 USC.
To Get To Titan Stadium: The Highlanders begin their quest to the Big West postseason tournament to be held at Titan Stadium in Nov.. UCR looks to make its first appearance since 2013, also hosted by Fullerton, where the Highlanders made it to the title game where they drew at 1-1, but the Titans would advance on penalty kicks.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Back In Action: UC Santa Barbara recorded its third undefeated weekend of 2015 and added two shutouts to its decorated stat sheet. The Gauchos improved to 7-3-1 on the year after a 3-0 win at CSU Bakersfield and a 1-0 win over Pacific at home.
Win-Streaking: The five-game unbeaten streak equals the team’s longest since Sept. of 2013 when it won five games in a row and the last time it had a longer unbeaten stretch was in 2006 when it went 5-0-2 over a seven-game stretch. UCSB is the fourth program to mount at least a five-game win streak after CSUN, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton.
Corner Crazy: Santa Barbara has forced a league-high 90 corner kicks in 2015 and have the third-highest mark in goals scored with 17.
Up Next: The Gauchos embark on its farthest road trip in Big West play as they travel to Hawai‘i, Thursday, and return home to face Long Beach State, Sunday. The Gauchos look to come out hot this weekend, continuing their momentum from non-conference play.
High Note For Hawai‘i: Hawai‘i finished its non-conference portion of the 2015 campaign on a high note after defeating Brigham Young - Hawai‘i 2-0 to add another shutout to its season. This was the second shutout for the Rainbow Wahine this season, both with Monk Berger in goal.
Island Excursion: While UH remains on the island this weekend to open conference play, the Rainbow Warriors look to continue its recent success at home. UH has not dropped a contest in four outings at Waipahu Stadium and look to continue that trend as its hosts UCSB and CP this weekend. The Rainbow Wahine are 3-2-1 at home, their two losses coming against Top 25 opponents.
Sights On Big West Tournament: Since joining the conference in 2013, Hawai‘i looks to make its first Big West Tournament in program history as a member of the Big West. That mission begins this weekend as the Rainbow Wahine will remain on the island to host UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.