Conference Split: Cal Poly split its first pair of conference games after dropping a contest to UC Davis in a 1-0 double overtime decisionThursday, but bounced right back by taking a domineering 7-2 win on the island when it traveled to Hawai‘i, Sunday.
Seventh Heaven: Cal Poly netted seven scores Sunday evening for the 10th time in Mustang history. The seven scores were just one shy of their all-time mark in Division I competition.
Krieghoff Count Climbs: With her 50th and 51st career goals scored this weekend, the senior is just five goals shy of setting a new cofnerence record in the category. Krieghoff also sits in second all-time in career points with 110 (51 g, 8a). The forward already broke the all-time mark for career shots earlier this season and has 305 to her name.
Giannetti Eyes Career Mark: With her 71st start in goal Sunday, the senior goalkeeper is just a single start off from equaling the program record (72).
Conference Heartbreaker: While both teams were receiving votes in the national polls last week, Cal State Fullerton battled to a 0-0 draw through regulation at Long Beach State, but would drop its first league contest to the Beach when sophomore Ashley Gonzales netted a golden goal in the 93rd minute.
Streak Upended: Sunday’s loss marked the first time since Nov. 3, 2013 that the Titans dropped a contest to a conference opponent.
Uncharacteristic Shutout Loss: Long Beach State is the first team to blank CSF since Oct. 9, 2014 when Fullerton hosted the 49ers at Titan Stadium. Since then, the Titans have scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive matches. Sunday marked the first Titans first loss to the 49ers since a 2-1 overtime L at LBSU on Oct. 9, 2011.
Up Next: Fullerton looks to bounce back quickly as it hoses UC Davis and Hawai‘i Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Titans hope to break their attendance record Friday versus the Aggies.
Somewhere, Soulful: We had the chance to talk with seniors Christina Burkenroad and Rebecca Wilson. Check out the feature HERE.
Knotted In Conference Opener: CSUN battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie with UC Davis in its Big West Conference opener on Sunday at Aggie Soccer Field. Sunday marked back-to-back double-overtime decisions for CSUN.
#BWCWords: Head Coach Keith West on draw - “We didn’t give up a goal to a great UC Davis team. I’m proud of our defense today to hold them scoreless. Anytime you can pick up a point away from home, it’s always a good thing.”
Saves Left And Right: Senior goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya racked up a season-high six saves in the contest en route to posting her third shutout on the year. Tafoya posted her fifth and sixth saves of the day in the overtime sessions and with 110 minutes of scoreless play, the senior earned her eighth shutout of her career as a Matador, placing her fifth all-time in the CSUN record book. She had previously posted shutouts this season against Detroit (Sept. 6) and at Portland (Sept 13).
Next Up: CSUN faces UC Irvine and Cal Poly next at home.
Black and Gold Is GOLDEN: Long Beach State snapped a 12-game Cal State Fullerton win-streak versus conference opponents (8 regular season, 4 post season) that dated all the way back to 2013 as it opened conference play with a 1-0 overtime win over reigning champ, CSF.
Gonzales Nets Game-Winner: In the 93rd minute of Sunday’s contest, sophomore Ashley Gonzales, reigning Big West Freshman of the Year, slipped one past the Titan keeper to claim a LBSU win. Sunday marked the first time since 2011 that the 49ers beat the Titans.
McKeown Makes Noise Between The Posts: Long Beach junior Ashton McKeown is the first goalkeeper in 18 matches to record a shutout versus the Titans since Oct. 9, 2014. Coincidentally McKeown was in goal that night as well and made a career-high 8 stops in the 0-0 2OT draw.
Triple Threat?: The 49ers head up the central coast to face UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly this weekend. Should the Beach get two wins on the road, LBSU will open conference play at 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
Atop The Standings: The Aggies opened league play undefeated with a pair of overtime decisions in the first week of Big West action. The Aggies claimed a key 1-0 win versus Cal Poly at home and played to a 0-0 stalemate Sunday, versus CSUN. UCD picked up four points en route to leading the Big West as it heads into the second week of league matchups.
Win-Streaking: While the Aggies battled it out on Aggie Soccer Field this week, collecting a win and a tie, Davis posted an undefeated record during its season-long four-match homestand.
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.
On The Road: Davis hits the road and will leave Northern Calif. for the first time since August to face Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.
Unbeaten In Conference Play: UC Irvine came out hot in league action as the Anteaters secured a 1-0 victory at home versus UC Riverside, Sunday. The match put Irvine in the win column to open league play for the first time since 2012 as it snapped its two-game losing-streak. The ’Eaters picked up three important points to begin the conference portion of the season.
Lopez Lobs It Home: Senior forward Claudia Lopez found the back of the net in the 64th minute for what would prove to be the game-winner The goal was the first score of her career as an Anteater.
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.
On The Horizon: Irvine travels to CSUN Thursday, to face the Matadors for its lone match this weekend. The Anteaters look to continue its win-streak as they have their sights set on the Big West postseason. UCI looks to make the tournament after missing post season play in 2014.
Looking To Bounce Back: Despite outshooting UC Irvine 10-7 on the road, UC Riverside recorded a loss in its conference opener as the Anteaters picked up a 1-0 win. UCR also owned an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks, but Irvine would break the scoreless tie in the 64th minute to secure the victory.
Number Game: Riverside’s 75 shots on goal rank fourth-best in league while their .487 shot percentage is second-best in the Big West.
Next In League: The Highlanders will host a pair of league foes this week in Hawai‘i and UC Davis. The Rainbow Wahine are 0-2 in league while UC Davis leads the Big West at 1-0-1 with four points.
To Get To Titan Stadium: The Highlanders continue their quest to the Big West postseason tournament that will be held at Titan Stadium in Nov.. UCR looks to make its first appearance since 2013, where the Highlanders made it to the title game where they drew at 1-1, but the Titans advanced advance on penalty kicks.
Undefeated In Big West Play: UC Santa Barbara continued its win-streak after securing a 3-0 win at Hawai‘i to open Big West play. Thursday marked the fourth match in which the Gauchos scored three goals en route to victory.
Win-Streaking: The Gauchos’ five-game unbeaten streak earlier this season 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.
Time Management: Santa Barbara scored all three of its goals in Sunday’s match in the final 18 minutes of play on the island.
Up Next: The Gauchos will host two tough opponents this weekend in Long Beach State who’s receiving votes in the national polls and Cal Poly. UCSB looks to extend its unbeated streak at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Down Two: Hawai‘i finished struggled in the first week of conference play as it opened the Big West portion of its season 0-2. Hawai‘i fell to UCSB in a 3-0 decision and dropped its second contest of the weekend to a Cal Poly squad that claimed a 7-2 win on Rainbow Wahine territory.
Island Excursion: Last weekend upended UH’s four-match unbeaten streak at home. Its previous two losses at Waipahu Stadium had been to Top 25 opponents. The Rainbow Wahine are now 3-4-1 at home.
Up Next: The ’Bows travel to the mainland for its first Big West outings on the road as it travels to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. The Rainbow Wahine looks to get its first points in league.
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.