Stage Is Set For Big West Women's Soccer Tournament
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 12
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
UC IRVINE CLAIMS REGULAR SEASON TITLE
UC Irvine claimed its third all-time regular season title Sunday with a 1-0 win Sunday over Cal State Fullerton. The Anteaters add to its collection of hardware as the 2017 squad joins the ranks of the 2010 and 2011 squads as they clinched the #1 seed for the Big West Tournament. The Anteaters will play a rematch of Sunday’s match to open the Big West Tournament. UCI looks for its second conference tourney title. The Anteater’s last brought home the BWT hardware in 1997.
BIG WEST TOURNAMENT TIME
The 2017 Big West Tournament will feature regular season champion, UC Irvine, Tournament host, CSUN, UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. The four squads battle for an NCAA Tournament berth in the conference’s 17th women’s soccer tourney. Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly have recorded the most trips to the championship match with seven appearances.
#1 UC IRVINE ANTEATERS
Last time UCI won BWT: 1997
(def. CP, 3-2 in 2OT)
Last time UCI appeared in BWT: 2016
(LBSU def. UCI 3-0 in championship)
Last time UCI won regular season: 2011 (19 PTS)
UCI looks to avenge LBSU loss in the Big West Tournament final last year after falling 3-0 to the Beach.
#2 CSUN MATADORS
Last time CSUN won BWT: 2012
(def. CSF 1-0 in OT)
Last time CSUN appeared in BWT: 2016
(LBSU def. CSUN 1-0 in semifinals)
Last time CSUN won regular season: 2016
As host of the 2017 Big West Tournament, CSUN looks to avenge its loss in the 2016 semifinals to the eventual champion, Long Beach State.
#3 UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS
Last time UCR won BWT: NA
Last time UCR appeared in BWT: 2015
(LBSU def. UCR 1-0 in semifinals)
Last time UCR won regular season: NA
UC Riverside looks for its first-ever Big West Tournament title. This is Riverside’s fifth appearance in the league tourney.
#4 CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS
Last time CSF won BWT: 2015
Last time CSF appeared in BWT: 2016
(Tied UCI 1-1, UCI adv. on penalty kicks, 4-2)
Last time CSF won regular season: 2015
Cal State Fullerton made history as it clinched the 4th seed and became the first team to ever make six-straight trips to the Big West Tournament. Fullerton looks for its fourth BWT title in five years.