Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State Head To NCAA Tournament
Cal State Fullerton Athletics Release
Long Beach State Athletics Release
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 13
Two teams will represent the Big West Conference at the NCAA Tournament this year after Cal State Fullerton earned the league's automatic bid and Long Beach State earned an at-large bid as the NCAA announced Monday afternoon.
The Titans will make their sixth all-time tournament appearance and third-straight after advancing in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2014. CSF has won 8 out of their last nine matches and will bring a three-match win-streak into Tournament action. The Titans will face USC at 1 pm Sunday in Los Angeles and look to advance out of the first round for the first time since 2006.
Senior midfielder Christina Burkenroad said, "It's now or never, it's one game at a time and each game is the most important game of our lives. I'm excited to see how far this team goes because we have all of the confidence in the world. We have a great coaching staff, we have confidence, support, it's all there."
Fullerton claimed the Big West's automatic bid after a conference Tournament that saw record-breaking performances in its semifinal match versus UC Santa Barbara. Burkenroad recorded just the second hat trick in tourney history Thursday evening and added an assist for a sevn point total. Her seven points (3 goals, 1 assist) set a new single-game record while teammate Rebecca Wilson assisted Burkenroad on all three goals for three assists of her own, a new single-game tournament record. The Titans netted a collective five goals in the Tournament to tie the league's best-ever mark. It was freshman Alba Barrios who would net the game-winner in Sunday's championship game on an assist from two-time MVP, Burkenroad.
"There's so many women in the program where now just being in the tournament isn't good enough," said coach Demian Brown. "We want to go in and make a run in the tounament."
Long Beach State was one of 33 teams to earn an at-large bid and will face No. 4 seeded Santa Clara at Santa Clara at 1 pm on Saturday.
"We're very excited to be going back to the NCAA Tournament," said coach Mauricio Ingrassia to Long Beach State Athletics. "Our coaching staff is very proud of our team and our alumni, and now we're looking forward to our first-round game against Santa Clara."
The Beach will make their fifth appearance in the Tournament all-time and have advanced to the dance five times in the last eight seasons. While receiving at-large bids in 2008 and 2012, LBSU advanced to the Tournament as the automatic qualifier in 2010 and 2011. The Beach made an unprecedented run in 2011 to the Elite Eight and own a 3-4 overall record in NCAA Tournament action.
CP Honors Nine: Cal Poly closed out its 2015 campaign with Cal State Fullerton Sunday where the Mustangs honored its nine seniors prior to the Titans taking the game in a 2-1 decision. Altogether, the nine seniors combined to close out their collegiate careers with a 20-11-2 record in Big West action. The senior class also helped the Mustangs to a conference crown in 2013.
Senior Salute: The nine seniors saw 124 goals and 19 shutouts in four years. In those four years the Mustangs broke 10 program records and three Big West records. The seniors combined for 404 games and 27,795 minutes and played in front of five of the biggest crowds in program history.
In The Books: Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti continues to climb in the Big West record book for career stops (380) while senior forward Elise Krieghoff owns the all-time best mark in shots (339). Krieghoff is also second-best in career goals (52) and points (112). Krieghoff’s 52 goals and Giannetti’s 7,030 minutes and 380 saves all rank in the top seven in the NCAA career categories.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Three-Peat: Cal State Fullerton earned its third Big West Tournament title in a row after a 4-2 win over UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals and a 1-0 victory versus Long Beach State in the title game, Sunday. 2015 marks the second time in program history that the Titans earned back-to-back-to-back Tournament titles (2005-07, 2013-15). CSF is the only team in conference history to accomplish the feat.
Most Valuable Player: Midfielder Christina Burkenroad earned Tournament MVP honors after recording three goals and two assists in the tournament. The senior is the first in Big West history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons.
Back-To-Back: CSF earned its second consecutive Big West regular season title after closing out its regular season campaign with a 2-1 win at Cal Poly. The Titans earned 18 points in league and were named tri-champions along with Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara who also earned 18 points.
NCAA Tournament: Fullerton will make its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance all time as it heads to Los Angeles to face No. 11 USC in the first round of the Big Dance.
Senior Celebration: CSUN battled to an exhillerating 3-2 overtime victory Sunday on senior day to end its 2015 campaign with a win. The Matadors honored five before the final home match.
Sunday Result: With the win over UC Santa Barbara, the Matadors snapped a three-game losing streak in OT dating back to 2014.
#BWCWords: Head coach Keith West on season - “You can go back to all the tough teams we’ve played and all the tough environments we’ve played in, we’ve never given up. That’s one thing I have to give this team so much credit for. They’ve had a never say die attitude all year.”
Season Success: With 11 wins in 2015, CSUN recorded its most wins in a single campaign since the 2012 season.
Sanchez Owns The Record: Earlier this season, sophomore Cynthia Sanchez netter her 10th goal on the year to set a new single season record for the program. The sophomore closed out the year with 11 on the year.
LONG BEACH STATE
NCAA Tournament Bound: Long Beach State will compete in its fifth NCAA Tournament in program history after earning an at-large bid to the Big Dance as announced by the NCAA, Monday. LBSU returns to the Tournament for the first time since 2011 when it advanced to the Elite Eight, eventually falling Duke 2-0.
Elite Company: The Beach is the only Big West squad to ever advance to the Elite Eight (2011). The 49ers are 3-4 all-time in the Tournament.
Crown The Beach: Long Beach State recorded a 2-0 shutout win over UC Davis in its final outing of the regular season to finish the year with 18 points, enough to earn the Big West regular season title for the first time since 2008. LBSU shares the title with Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.
Up Next: Long Beach heads to Santa Clara to face the #4 seeded Broncos in the first round, Saturday. The 49ers have now made the 64-team bracket in five of the last eight years. The Beach has won four of their last five matches and takes an overall 12-6-3 mark into the Tourney.
Victory At The Finish Line: UC Davis sent off its six seniors with a 2-1 win at UC Irvine to cap off its season that saw a 10-7-2 overall record and a 3-4-1 mark in league. The Aggies upped its win total from a season ago, improving on a 5-11-3 overall mark and a 2-4-2 record in league.
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.
#BWCWords: Head Coach Twila Kaufman on Aggie mentality - “In this program, we talk a lot about playing for something bigger than yourself. We have so many freshmen and underclassmen who are learning and growing; they wanted to send the seniors out with a win and play a strong game for them.”
Promising Between The Posts: Freshman goalkeeper Alexis Smith led the Big West with 10 shutouts in 19 starts. Her 757:30 minutes in conference paced the Big West.
Two-Game Skid: UC Irvine fell to Cal Poly on the road in a 2-0 shutout before dropping a 1-0 contest to UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium, Sunday. With two contests remaining in the regular season, the Anteaters will travel to Hawai‘i Thursday and will return to Irvine Sunday to host UC Davis on senior day.
#BWCWords: Clarissa Robles on Senior Day: “I wish that we had a different outcome, but being out there with the girls for a last time, I’m never going to forget it. Playing out here for the last time and being with these group of girls and representing UCI is something I’m never going to forget.”
Tobin Towers: Irvine goalkeeper, Corey Tobin, finished her senior campaign with 77 stops, the second-most in the Big West. The senior has almost trippled her season save totals from the previous three years and completed her four years with 124 saves in her career.
Round Up: Irvine recorded seven shutouts in 2015, the fourth-most in league while its three in conference ranked fifth-best.
Tournament Showing: UC Riverside dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to runner-up Long Beach State in the semifinals, Thursday. That evening UCR recorded seven shots, one save and earned two corner kicks.
Postseason: With a 1-0 shutout win versus CSUN, UC Riverside claimed the fourth and final spot in the Big West Tournament to appear in the postseason for the first time since 2013. For the second time in three years, UCR appeared in the Big West Tournament after most recently playing Cal State Fullerton in the title game in 2013. That year the Highlanders earned the #3 seed and upended UC Irvine in the semis in a 2-1 overtime thriller.
Seson Recap: Riverside’s 11 wins are the second most in program history behind the 2004 squad that posted 13. UCR’s five wins in league tie the mark set by the 2003 team. Riverside’s 116 team shots on goal is third-best in league while their 244 total shots takes in fourth-most in the Big West. With five wins in conference, the Highlanders tied their program record for Ws in league. UCR also posted their lowest RPI in a decade (63).
UC SANTA BARBARA
Tournament Recap: UC Santa Barbara fell to Cal State Fullerton 4-2 in a record-breaking match, Sunday, in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament. The game’s collective six scores tied the all-time record for goals scored in a single game.
Gauchos Claim Title: UC Santa Barbara earned an impressive 18 points in league to tie reigning champion, Cal State Fullerton, and Long Beach State. With 18 points the Gauchos clinched a share of the regular season title, earning just its third all-time and first since 2006.
Postseason Showing: In its first postseason appearance since 2009, UCSB found the back of the net twice on goals from sophomore Amanda Ball and freshman Sydney Magnin. Maddie Gibson picked up an assist in the outing and goalkeeper Beth Ritter recorded six saves.
Gauchos Go Big: UCSB capped off its season that saw a 13-6-1 overall record and a 6-2-0 mark in league. Freshman Mallory Hromatko led the Gauchos with 9 goals and six assists for 24 points, a league third-best.
Senior Send Off: Hawai‘i recognized Lidia Battaglia, Tiana Fujimoto, Amanda Bates and Erica Young before their final contest on the year, Thursday. The Rainbow Wahine dropped a 2-0 decision to UC Irvine at home and moved to 3-14-1 overall and finished out the conference portion of their schedule at 0-8-0.
Leading The Pack: Sophomore Dani Crawford led the Rainbow Wahine with three goals and six points while midfielder Storm Kenui paced the ’Bows with three assists. Over the course of the season, 12 ’Bows scored at least a single goal while four found the back of the net two or more times.
Berger Leads The Backline: Goalkeeper, Mong Berher, capped off her junior campaign with 46 saves and 29 goals against in 13 starts for a 2.29 goals-against average. Berger played 1140:56 minutes in goal while Erica Young logged 422:55 minutes between the posts. All three Ws belonged to Berger.