A Look Back At The 2018 Women's Soccer Season
2018 Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Final
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long the Big West will celebrate the history of all 18 conference-sponsored sports.
BIG WEST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
TRIPS MADE TO THE TOURNAMENT AS A MEMBER OF THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE:
Cal Poly - 5 (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Cal State Fullerton - 8 (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
CSUN - 1 (2012)
Long Beach State - 7 (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Pacific - 1 (1998)
UC Davis - 0
UC Irvine - 2 (2010, 2011)
UC Riverside - 1 (2005)
UC Santa Barbara - 2 (2008, 2009)
Hawai‘i - 0
THE BEACH FALLS TO USC IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
In the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament, Long Beach State fell to USC 6-0 in Los Angeles, Calif to snap a five-game win-streak. The Beach moved to 3-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament action.
Coach Mauricio Ingrassia made his seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, more tourney appearances than any other coach in Big West history, including a trip to the Elite 8 in 2011.
BIG WEST PLACES 14 PLAYERS ON UNITED SOCCER COACHES WOMEN’S ALL-WEST REGION
The Beach led the way placing Big West Tournament MVP Dana Fujikuni and fellow senior Ashley Gonzales on the first team along with UCSB’s Mallory Hromatko and Raisa Strom-Okimoto of the Rainbow Wahine.
Cal Poly placed senior defender Chelsea Barry on the second team while Cal State Fullerton’s senior defender Nano Oronoz earned the honor. Seniors Marissa Favela of CSUN, Alexis Smith of UC Davis and Madeline Feist of UC Riverside represented their respective schools while UC Santa Barbara junior Shaelan Murison rounded out the second team. All Big-West third team honorees include Cal State Fullerton’s Atlanta Primus, UC Riverside’s Kyra Taylor and Amanda Roy and UC Santa Barbara’s Madeline Gibson.
LONG BEACH STATE EARNS TITLE SWEEP
After a 2-0 victory in the Big West Tournament championship, Long Beach State completed the double to secure both the regular season and tournament crowns. The Beach began its tournament run with a 1-0 win over #4 seed UC Davis, on a goal from senior Dana Fujikuni in the semifinals. The midfielder would go on to record the insurance goal in the championship to propel LBSU to the NCAA Tournament. Ashley Gonzales scored her fourth tournament goal all-time in the title match and notched her 36th career score, a program record. Gonzales’ 36 goals are ninth-best in the Big West record book. The Beach brought home its fourth tourney title overall and second in three years.
Long Beach State earned its fifth Big West regular season championship and its first since sharing the title three-ways in 2018 (Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara).
FUJIKUNI IS MOST VALUABLE
Long Beach State senior midfielder Dana Fujikuni earned Most Valuable Player honors after tallying two goals in the 2018 Big West Tournament. Her two scores tie for fifth-most in the tourney record book. The Midfielder of the Year is the fourth from the Beach to earn the award (Emily Kingsborough - 2010, Sara Balcer - 2011, Mimi Rangel - 2016).
BIG WEST TOURNAMENT RECAP
Big West Tournament action kicked off at Anteater Stadium on Nov. 1st with 1-seed Long Beach State’s 1-0 shutout win over 4-seed UC Davis. UC Santa Barbara (2-seed) then defeated 3-seed and host UC Irvine in a 1-0 win. UC Santa Barbara made its first championship appearance in 10 years while the Beach made its fourth trip to the title game in five years.
With a 2-0 victory on championship Sunday, Long Beach and senior goalkeeper Imani McDonald etched their performances in the Big West record book, tied for the most clean sheets in a single Tournament (2). Fujikuni’s two goal in the Tournament tie for fifth-most while her four points, tie for seventh-most.