Two teams priming themselves for the Big West Tournament and coming off important wins meet Wednesday in the NSCAA Match of the Week (Fox Soccer Channel, live, 11 pm ET) when Cal State
Fullerton (8-6-2) hosts Long Beach State (11-3-1).
Cal State Fullerton beat UC Davis, 1-0, Sunday with a goal by sophomore Leslie Munoz
non-conference game and sit fourth in the Big West at 3-1-1. Sophomore Hayley Bolt
scored twice as Long Beach State thrashed UC Irvine, 3-0, to take over
first place in the conference at 4-0-1.
The top four teams in the eight-team conference qualify for the Big West tournament to be hosted by the regular-season champion Nov. 3 and 5. The
Titans have already qualified and trail Long Beach by three points in the standings. Second place UCSB (4-1-1) and third-place Cal Poly (3-0-3) are also assured of spots in the conference
tournament. Last year, Fullerton won the regular-season title and the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA playoffs.
"This game is obviously important for us," says Long Beach
State coach Mauricio Ingrassia
, who took over the program three years ago and has won 31 games. "If we win, we clinch first place in the conference and we
get to host the tournament. We're young, so we've had some very good results and some not-so-good ones. Fullerton has a very good team and they'll be emotionally charged, because it's their Senior
By beating UC Irvine, LBSU set school marks for victories (13) and shutouts (12). The previous highs were set last year, when it finished 12-5-3 after it lost in the first round
of the Big West tournament and didn't receive an NCAA bid. The 49ers are 6-1-1 in their last eight matches. Bolt shares the team lead in goals with Kim Silos
The top scorer for Fullerton, which has tallied only 22 times this season, is senior midfielder Lauren Welch
with five, but she
suffered an ACL injury against Arizona Sept. 28 and hasn't played since. Junior Briana Buffington
has four goals, and six players have two apiece.
"She's an incredible loss," says Fullerton coach Ali Khosrohshahin
of Welch. "She's played every position for us, anywhere we've needed her. We're going to
let her on the field just long enough for the kickoff, so we can honor her along with the rest of our seniors." TUESDAY WOMEN'S ACTION CINCINNATI 0 #1 NOTRE DAME 3.
Bearcats needed to win the makeup game to advance to the Big East Tournament. Chicago area products Brittany Bock
and Michele Weissenhofer
scored for the Irish. #6 FLORIDA STATE 3 JACKSONVILLE 0.
a school-record 42 shots as it extended its record home unbeaten streak to 14. Katrin Schmidt
, Mami Yamaguchi
and Kirsten van de Ven
scored for the 'Noles, who scored three goals for just the third time this season. Dolphin keeper Michelle
had a brilliant night, making 17 saves, including a handful of spectacular stops.