Women's Soccer Closes Out Non-Conference Play
Big West Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 6
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 Conference will celebrate the history of all conference-sponsored sports. Join us as we pay homage to the student-athletes, coaches, staffs, communities and fans who have helped pave the way.
Cal State Fullerton’s Karen Bardsley is the only student-athlete in the history of the Big West to earn three Goalkeeper of the Year honors. The goalie garnered the three awards from 2004-2006. She is the only recipient of three Conference major awards (Offensive, Defensive, Goalkeeper, Freshman of the Year).
While at the helm for Cal Poly, coach Alex Crozier has been named Big West Coach of the Year four times (1996, 1997, 2002, 2003), the most of any coach in the history of the league. Crozier has a career record with the Mustangs of 285-178-53, which ranks No. 33 all-time nationally in coaching victories and has the most career victories in Big West play among the conference’s coaches.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
RIVERSIDE REMAINS UNBEATEN
With its best start since 2004 when the Highlanders opened at 9-0, UC Riverside is 8-0-1 on the year. The Highlanders haven’t dropped a regular season match since Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 versus Long Beach State when the Beach defeated the Highlanders 3-0 at George Allen Field. UCR is the only undefeated team in the Big West. Additionally, the Highlanders have shutout eight opponents to pace the league and have allowed just a single goal all season. With a .137 goals-against average, UCR comes in at No. 3 in the NCAA and at No. 2 with a .875 shutout percentage.
IN THE POLLS
For the fifth-straight week, Long Beach State is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national weekly poll. The Beach leads the Big West with a .510 shots-on-goal percentage and with 17 assists so far on the year. With 14 goals scored, LBSU has tallied the second-most scores in the Big West while its .140 shot percentage is also second-best in league.
For the third-straight week, UC Santa Barbara is receiving votes in the national polls. Shaelan Murison continues to make noise for the Gauchos as she leads the Big West in three categories: goals (7), points (17) and shots (35). The Gauchos prepare for a week at home as it welcomes Pepperdine and No. 6 Santa Clara to Soccer Heaven.
RANKED OPPONENTS ON DECK
The Big West faces a top-25 team this weekend in No. 6 Santa Clara. Cal Poly will take on the top-10 team first on the road before UC Santa Barbara hosts Santa Clara, Sunday. The Big West looks for its first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
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