UC Irvine, Long Beach State Look To Remain Unbeaten In League
Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 9
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.
2003 Big West Freshman of the Year and conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, Sharon Day of Cal Poly, holds the Big West high jump record (6-4.75) and was the 2005 NCAA champion in the event. Day was an Olympian in 2008 in the high jump and 2012 Olympian in the heptathalon.
UC Santa Barbara’s Jen Borcich, a three-time Big West Offensive Player of the Year, is the only in the league to be named Player of the Year as a freshman.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
UC IRVINE MAINTAINS UNDEFEATED MARK IN BWC
With just two weeks of conference play before the Big West Tournament (Nov. 1 & 4), UC Irvine picked up six big points over the weekend after two double-overtime victories. The Anteaters defeated UC Santa Barbara 2-1 and Cal Poly 2-1 to remain unbeaten in Big West play. The ’Eaters and Long Beach State (1-0-1) are the only squads left unbeaten in league. Irvine hits the road to face UC Riverside (four points) and UC Davis (3 points) on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. Should the Anteaters finish in the top four in the conference standings, UCI will host the Big West tournament.
ANTEATERS OWN OVERTIME
UC Irvine has now won three consecutive contests in overtime. In addition to last weekend’s two matchups, the ’Eaters also defeated Hawai‘i 1-0 in double overtime on Sept. 28. Irvine is 4-1 in OT contests this season and is 5-1-4 in OT over the last two years.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State will be broadcast on ESPN3/WatchESPN this Sunday at George Allen Field. This is just the second game to be broadcast at home for the Beach. David Gascon and Ashley Dean have the call and will be joined by Jenny Phillips on the sideline.
CRACKING THE NCAA TOP 10
Multiple student-athletes crack the NCAA top-10 in a variety of categories. With five game-winning-goals, Madeline Feist (UCR) is tied for second-best in the nation, with a .302 GAA, UCR’s Annie Bailey boasts the fifth-best GAA in the NCAA while her .944 save percentage is also second-best. Her seven shutouts are tied for 10th-best. With a .239 collective GAA and a .942 save percentage, the Highlanders lead the NCAA in both of the categories. UCR’s .818 shutout percentage is tied for second-best in the nation
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