The No. 8-ranked UCI men’s soccer team (14-1-6) defeated No. 19 UC Santa Barbara 4-2 Nov. 15 to win the Big West Conference Tournament at Anteater Stadium. The crowd of 1,832 was the largest in the stadium’s history. UCI's four goals came on their first four shots. With the victory, the Anteaters earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament. Pairings will be announced at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, on ESPN News.
Head women’s volleyball coach Charlie Brande will retire at the end of the 2008 season. “I’m extremely proud to have been a part of the growth of both the men’s and women’s programs at UCI, and I look forward to continuing as a member of the Anteater family,” Brande said. Now in his ninth season as head coach, Brande led UCI to NCAA postseason berths in 2003 and 2004 and to a third-place finish in the Big West in 2007. That year, five Anteaters were named to All-Big West teams for the first time in the program’s history. Brande, a 1969 UCI graduate, was a member of the Anteaters’ first basketball team in 1965-66. He will remain with UCI Athletics in a fundraising capacity.
Three regular season Anteater basketball games will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Net West as part of the Big West Conference television package. UCI’s home game against UC Davis will air 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, on FSN Prime Ticket, and the home game against Cal State Northridge will be shown at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, on ESPNU. The Anteaters’ away game at Cal State Fullerton airs 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, on FSN West.
Molly Goodenbour has been named head women’s basketball coach – the seventh in the program’s history. “Molly is a proven winner with championship experience,” said athletics director Mike Izzi. “She is a successful head coach and I look forward to her developing the UCI program into a Big West Conference and national contender.” Goodenbour, who received a four-year contract, comes to UCI after two successful seasons at Chico State, where she compiled a 52-11 record.