The Chico State women's soccer team earned four selections on the NSCAA All-Far West Region team, it was announced Tuesday. Senior forward Amy Swanson earned First Team All-Far West Region honors, while teammates Liz Malm, Jennifer Hogans, and CJ Jimenez were named to the second team.
For Swanson, who is now in a pool of possible All-Americans, the First Team selection was the second in a row. Among Chico State's career leaders in points, goals, and assists, Swanson fought back from an injury to register a team-high five goals and two assists. She also provided valuable senior leadership to a team that finished 11-5-4, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992, and finished the regular season ranked No. 25 in the nation.
Hogans was also a Second Team selection last season as a freshman.This season she anchored a defense, along with Malm and Jimenez, that allowed just 20 goals in 20 matches. She also chipped in four goals and an assist.
Malm, a junior in her third season with the Wildcats, notched two goals and two assists while controlling the midfield. Jimenez, a redshirt freshman, tallied a goals against average of 0.90, made 68 saves, and compiled a saves percentage of .800.
Chico State's Elizabeth Santos scored a goal assisted by Amy Swanson to tie the match at 1-1 in the first half, and Jennifer Hogans' penalty kick with 2:02 remaining in the second half tied it at 2-2 and sent the match into overtime. Swanson and Heather Morehouse converted on the Wildcats' first two penalty kicks, but the following two attempts failed, leaving Chico State to hope that Hogans could convert and SPU would fail on its last attempt. Hogans did come through, but the Falcons' Shannon Lovejoy did too, setting off a wild celebration in Seattle.
The Wildcats were playing in just their second NCAA Tournament ever and their first since 1992. But with a number of players set to return in 2005, they're hoping there will be more to come. The Wildcats finished the season with a record of 11-5-5. Seattle Pacific remains unbeaten at 19-0-2.
In Thursday's other semifnal match, 15th-ranked Seattle University eliminated CCAA champion Cal State Dominguez Hills 1-0 to advance to the final of the Western Regional.
Chico State will take on No. 1 seed Seattle Pacific in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 in Interbay Stadium in Seattle. No. 3 seed Seattle University plays No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills in the early game at 4:00. The championship game will be played on Saturday.
In all, 32 teams received Div. II berths nationwide. Winners of the eight regional tournaments will advance to the quarterfinal round, Nov. 20-21. The NCAA semifinals and championship game are Dec. 2 and 4 in Wichita Falls, Tx.
Far West Regional tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the SPU Athletics Office (206/281-2085) in the pavilion. Prices are $6 for general admission ($3 for students and youth).
Seattle Pacific is hosting a women’s regional for the first time. A year ago, the Falcons became the first Northwest team to qualify for the NCAA tournament, but they were eliminated by Cal State Dominguez Hills in the first round.
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The fatal blow came in the 107th minute on a hard struck ball that Chico keeper CJ Jimenez was able to save, but not hold on to. The ball popped out and the Toros put it away for the only goal of the contest.
Chico State ends the regular season with a record of 11-5-4 overall and awaits the announcement of the NCAA championship field on Monday. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 4 in the West, behind No. 1 Seattle Pacific, No. 2 UC San Diego (which was upset by Dominguez Hills on Friday in a semifinal match) and No. 3 Seattle. Dominguez Hills is currently ranked fifth in the region.
The NCAA Division II women's soccer championship will provide for a 32-team, single-elimination tournament. Four teams will be chosen from each of the eight regions.
The Wildcats (11-4-4) will play for their first-ever CCAA title on Sunday at 11:30 against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The winner of the contest should get the fourth and final spot on the West Region poll and advance to the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.
Swanson, who was just named First Team All-CCAA along with teammates Liz Malm and Jennifer Hogans, gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when she took a feed from Katherine Bagwell and beat Pomona goalie Vanessa Richardson to the far post.
The Wildcats took command 16 minutes later when Swanson took a cross from Lexi Sheridan-Coons deep inside the Pomona box and hammered home her 5th goal of the season. Swanson now leads the team with five goals this season.
CJ Jimenez, who received CCAA Honorable Mention, has now recorded 5.5 shutouts and maintains her goals against average at less than one per game.
Midfielder Premila Carleson was named to the All-CCAA Second Team and Head Coach Kim Sutton picked up the CCAA Coach of the Year award.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Senior forward Amy Swanson, junior midfielder Liz Malm, and sophomore defender Jennifer Hogans were named First Team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association by a vote of the league's coaches.
This is Swanson's third-straight selection to the First Team. She was a Second Team receipient her freshman year. Hogans made Second Team last year as a freshman.
Freshman Premila Carleson was named Second Team All-CCAA this year and goalkeeper CJ Jimenez received Honorable Mention.
Fourth-year head coach Kim Sutton picked up the Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Wildcats to a CCAA North Division title and the program's first CCAA Championship Tournament appearance.
The Wildcats, currently ranked No. 4 in the West Region poll, have not made a postseason appearance since 1992 when they lost in the first round of the West Regional to Sonoma State.
Chico State won the 2004 CCAA North Division and will compete against three teams from the South Division. UC San Diego won the division and Cal Poly Pomona and Dominguez Hills were the next highest point receivers in the conference based on record.
No. 2 seed Chico State will take on No. 3 Pomona on Friday at 11 a.m. No. 1 UC San Diego plays No. 4 Dominguez Hills at 1:30. The winners play for the CCAA Championship on Sunday at 11:30.
The Wildcats are a collective 1-0-2 against the tournament field. Against Pomona at home, Liz Malm scored a goal with less than four minutes remaining for a 1-0 victory. Against Dominguez Hills, Chico squandered a two-goal advantage and settled for a 2-2 tie at home. In the 1-1 tie at UC San Diego, Courtney Quan put away the equalizer at the beginning of the second half, but neither team could finish for the win.
In a sport where the scoring is often dominated by one or two players, the Wildcats are getting everyone into the action. Freshmen Ashley Gunther and Bridget Fenton and sophomore Jennifer Hogans lead the team with four goals a piece. Senior Amy Swanson, who's done the bulk of the scoring for the Wildcats the last three years (averaging over eight goals per season) is tied with Quan and Malm with three goals this season. Six other players have also scored for Chico State.
Goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez has been tough to get the ball past this year. Opponents average 0.96 goals against her this year and she has 4.5 shutouts to her credit.
With the victory, SFSU improves to 4-11-2 overall and 3-7-2 in the CCAA.
Chico State scored first at the 9:04 mark when Courtney Quan connected on her third goal of the season off a ball from Premila Carleson. SFSU tied the match at the 65:11 mark when Lissette Garay connected from Shanon Devine.
The Gators outshot the Wildcats 13-9 including 7-3 in the second half. Erin Clark recorded five saves in goal for the Gators while CJ Jimenez had three in goal for Chico State.
The Wildcats got goals from Ashley Gunther, Jennifer Hogans, Liz Malm, and a pair from Jessica Parker against the host Otters to improve to 9-3-4 overall and 8-1-3 in the CCAA. They've now gone nine consecutive matches and 12 of the last 13 without a loss.
The Wildcats, now 8-3-4 overall and 7-1-3 in the CCAA, have now lost just once in their last 12 matches. Cal State Stanislaus, which fell to 8-6-3 overall and 3-6-2 overall, was eliminated from the postseason hunt with the loss.
Chico State jumped out on top in the 18th minute when Amy Swanson touched Hogans' free kick to Courtney Quan, who banged it into an open net.
Cal State Stanislaus answered in the 24th minute off a free kick of their own. Cherie Early scored on Marti Teunissen's pass after Domanique Roberts' free kick to make it 1-1.
The match remained deadlocked through regulation and the first half of overtime. But midway through the second overtime, Chico State's Premila Carleson was fouled, setting up a free kick from 30 yards out. Instead of passing it, as she had in the first half, Hogans lofted it perfectly into the back of the net.
Jimenez, a freshman from Red Bluff, led the Wildcats to a 1-1 tie at 16th-ranked UC San Diego (Oct. 15) and a 2-0 win at Cal State San Bernardino (Oct. 17) last week.
She made 2 saves over 110 minutes of a 1-1 draw at UCSD, and had 4 saves to earn her third shutout of the season and improve North Division leader Chico State to 7-3-4 overall and 6-1-3 in CCAA play. The Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak to 7 games and have lost only once in their last 11 contests.
The Wildcats, who have not been beaten in their last seven matches, used a goal by Amy Swanson in the first half and a goal by Lexi Sheridan-Coons late in the second half to improve their record to 7-3-4 overall but, more importantly, 6-1-3 in the CCAA. CSUSB slipped to 6-7-2 overall and 4-4-2 in the conference. Both teams have four matches left in the regular season.
Wildcats goalkeeper CJ Jimenez saved four shots on goal as she recorded her third shutout of the season.
Swanson, an All-CCAA forward in her senior season at Chico State, tallied her third goal of the season just 9:17 into the match when her hard shot rebounded off the hands of Coyote goalkeeper Leslie Rhodes right back to her and she put the next one away for a 1-0 lead.
A potential second goal midway through the second half was waved off by referee Munther Hamoudi as he called a foul on Chico State before the shot was delivered.
However, Sheridan-Coons took a pass from Heather Morehouse and put away a clinching goal in the 76th minute.
Nikki Szlak drew the visiting Toros within striking distance in the 63rd minute, and Rachele McDonald pounded home goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez's bobble in the 74th minute to knot the score for good.
Chico State, which has lost only one of its past eight matches, is now 5-3-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the CCAA. Cal State Dominguez Hills moved to 8-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the CCAA.
Carleson opened the scoring in the 21st minutes when she buried Kari Pierce's cross to the near post. Swanson made it 2-0 in the 59th minute when her driving shot was deflected in by a Toros defender.
Chico State will host Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Pierce, a sophomore from Richland, Wash., led the Wildcats to a 1-0-1 week against North Division foes Cal State Stanislaus and CSU Monterey Bay.
She scored in the 52nd minute of the Wildcats’ 1-1 double-overtime tie with nationally ranked Stanislaus, then produced the game-winning goal and an assist in Chico’s 3-0 win over CSU Monterey Bay.
The Wildcats improved to 5-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in CCAA play to remain atop the North Division.
Pierce broke a scoreless tie in the 52nd minute when Parker drew the goalie out and delivered a ball to Pierce, who found the back of the net. Pierce returned the favor in the 58th minute, assisting on Parker's goal that made it 2-0. Ashley Gunther capped off the Wildcats' scoring when she found the net after Malm worked the ball up the middle and dished it off to the freshman, who leads the team with three goals and three assists.
C.J. Jimenez and Hypatia Runcie combined for the shutout in goal, but it was the entire Chico State defense that earned it, limiting the Otters to three shots and only one on goal.
The Wildcats, who have lost just once in their last seven matches, improved to 5-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the CCAA. Cal State Monterey Bay dropped to 1-8-1 overall and 0-6-0 in the CCAA.
The Wildcats will be back in action at home next weekend. They host Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 12:30 p.m..
The Warriors Danielle Ciraulo scored in the 44th minute to put CSUS up top 1-0, but not for long. Strong offensive pressure by the Wildcats in the opening minutes of the second period, caught the Warriors off guard allowing Kari Pierce to head a cross from Lexi Sheridan-Coons into the back of the net and tie the game 1-1. The goal is just the fifth the Warriors have allowed this year.
The Wildcats are 4-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in CCAA action. The Warriors are now 7-1-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the CCAA.
Chico State outshot the Warriors 13-6 with seven shots coming in the second half alone.
Both teams seemed fatigued as the game passed on, with neither team managing a shot on goal in the two overtime periods and combining for just three shots total.
Chico State is now 4-3-1 overall and 3-1-0 in CCAA action.
Sunday, the Wildcats got on the board early when Jennifer Hogans scored on a free kick from 25 yards out. Bakersfield got the equalizer in the 35th minute, but Carleson's first collegiate goal gave Chico State the victory.
Against Cal State L.A. Friday, the Wildcats allowed two goals in the final 11 minutes and saw their three-match unbeaten streak end.
Malm got the inside of her knee on Heather Morehouse's corner kick and knocked it toward the goal. A San Francisco State defender deflected it, but it went straight to Fenton who didn't miss from point blank range.
Chico State, which outshot the visiting Gators 14-7, improved to 3-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA with the victory. San Francisco State fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in CCAA action.
Freshman Katherine Bagwell buried a shot from 25 yards out in the 59th minute to open the scoring. It was her first goal at the collegiate level. Bridget Fenton then hammered Ashley Gunther's cross into the right side of the net in the 64th minute to make it 2-0. Senior Amy Swanson back from an injury that kept her out of most of the non-league schedule, finished the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 87th minute.
Chico, now 2-2-1 overall, earned its first shutout of the season as freshman goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez collected a pair of saves. Sonoma State fell to 3-2 overall.
Chico State opens up the home part of its CCAA schedule this Saturday against San Francisco State at 7 p.m. following the men's game.
Chico State dropped a 3-1 decision at Seattle Pacific Saturday, and heading into Monday's match against unbeaten Seattle University, it looked as if the team might come home empty handed. But freshman goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez made 10 first-half saves to keep the host Redhawks off the board. Then the Wildcats stole the momentum after intermission, outshooting Seattle 15-8. Hogans made her only shot count, giving Chico State a 1-0 advantage. The goal also ended Seattle’s streak of keeping its opponents scoreless, which until that time was the longest in the NCAA Division II West Region. The streak ended at 338 minutes, 21 seconds.
Seattle threw everything forward in the final 10 minutes and was rewarded less than five minutes from time when Katy Mak sent Cassey Smith to goal with a perfectly timed through-ball. Smith calmly took three touches and forced Jimenez to commit before sliding the ball into the corner of the goal.
Jimenez finished with 14 saves, the most for a Chico State goalkeeper since Wendy Keppel made 15 saves against Ft. Lewis to open the 1999 season.
Against Seattle Pacific on Saturday, the Wildcats got a goal from Ashley Gunther in the 44th minute to draw to within 2-1, but eventually fell 3-1. Gunther's goal, a blast from 25 yards, was her second of the season and came off Danielle Nieto's first collegiate assist.
The Wildcats are now 1-2-1 and open CCAA play Sept. 15 at Sonoma State..
Before people had settled into their seat, Humboldt State's Lesa Lewis headed a ball from Jessica Hewins into the net to give the Lumberjacks the lead, just 45 seconds into the contest.
San Francisco (0-2) tied the game at the 10:30 mark when Marieke Blazeski found the Humboldt keeper forced out on a break away and shot the ball into the open net. The score remained tied, 1-1, at the half.
Humboldt State (2-0) scored the winning goal at 54:27 on a perfectly played corner kick off the foot of Hewins, which Brynne Destafney headed into the net. Mary Gessel added an insurance goal for the Lumberjacks on a tap-in into a wide open goal on a ball from Lindsey Harpham.
In the early game, Chico State (1-1) picked up its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Western Oregon (1-1).
Freshman Bridget Fenton started the scoring with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half when she took a ball from Ashley Gunther and lofted a shot over the keeper from 15 yards out. Gunther scored one of her own in the second half on a hard-hit shot off the goalie's hands that slipped into the upper net. Courtney Nelson recorded the assist.
Western Oregon cut the lead to 2-1 with 33 minutes remaining in the match when Amy Weberg put back in Stephanie Pogue's shot, which rebounded off the post.
Chico's final goal came at the 66-minute mark, as Lexi Sheridan-Coons launched a long 30-yard shot from midfield, that was just over the keeper's reach
Lacey Lewis scored twice and Katie Coppoletta also found the back of the net for the visiting Lumberjacks. Humboldt State also got outstanding goalkeeping from sophomore Stacie Self, who made six saves, some of them spectacular, in recording the shutout.
In Friday's opener, Western Oregon University's Kim Weaver collected a loose ball in front of the net and blasted it in just 1:16 in to the match and that was enough to give the Wolves a 1-0 victory over San Francisco State University in the season opener for both squads. The Wolves' Amanda Nelson and Ally Meyer combined for the shutout on four saves.
The West Coast Classic concludes Sunday with Chico State taking on Western Oregon at 11 a.m. and Humboldt State facing San Francisco State at 1:30.
Paula Knochel, Defender, 5’6
Courtney Quan, Forward, 5’3
Premila Carelson, Midfielder, 5’3
Hypatia Runcie, Goalkeeper, 5’9
Reagan Finnie, Goalkeeper
Ashley Gunther, Midfielder, 5’7
Brittany Bledsoe, Defender, 5’8
Anjie Goulding, Defender, 5’11
Whitney MacDonald, Midfielder, 6’0
Katherine Niehoff, Midfielder