Titans Begin Conference Play at UC Santa Barbara; Cal Poly
FULLERTON, Calif.--- The Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team will try and open Big West play with a couple of wins, as it takes on UC Santa Barbara, Friday at 7:30 p.m. before it heads to San Luis Obispo to play Cal Poly, Sunday at 3 p.m.
There will be live video coverage available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games vs. UCSB and Cal Poly. To access video for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the men's soccer schedule page then click the "video" link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Santa Barbara
Overall Record 22-28-3
Home Record 15-9-3
Away Record 7-19-0
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak 6 games
Longest Losing Streak 11 games
Current Streak None (One Tie)
Record in Last 10 Meetings 1-9-1
Sept. 30, 1976 at Santa Barbara, Calif. (L, 3-1)
Sept. 30, 2012 at Fullerton, Calif. (T, 0-0)
Series Notes: Last time these two clubs met last season, the Titans battled UCSB to a scoreless draw, breaking what a four-game losing streak...despite this the Titans are just 3-18-1 in the last in their last 22 contests with the Gauchos...Fullerton hasn't won in Santa Barbara since claiming a 1-0 victory on Oct. 15, 2000 (11 straight defeats)....the Titans' all-time largest margin of victory over UCSB is five goals (5-0 win on Oct. 11, 1992)...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat is six goals (6-0 loss on Oct. 11, 2011)...Despite the Titans' recent struggles vs. the Gauchos, Fullerton has only been outscored 4-3 over the last two contests.
Scouting the Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara enters conference play with a 5-4 non-conference mark, currently good enough for second in the Big West North Division...the Gauchos were picked as the favorites in the North Division, according to the conference's preseason coaches' poll...UCSB leads the Big West in yellow cards issued with 24...the Gauchos average 1.22 goals per game while they surrender an average of one per match...UCSB enters conference play on a high note after securing a 1-0 win over LMU in its non-conference finale....LMU is the only non-conference opponent the Gauchos and Titans share this season (Fullerton lost 2-0)...UCSB is led by senior midfielder Goggin Boyoko, who leads the team in overall points with eight and goals with four...freshman forward Ismaila Jome leads the club in assists with four.
Cal State Fullerton vs. Cal Poly
Overall Record 15-12-0
Home Record 11-3-0
Away Record 4-9-0
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak 5 games (2x)
Longest Losing Streak 7 games
Current Streak Loss, 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 2-8-0
Sept. 27, 1992 at Fullerton, Calif. (W, 5-1)
Sept. 28, 2012 at Fullerton, Calif. (L, 2-0)
Series Notes: Cal Poly got the best of Fullerton last time these two schools met. Senior forward Mackenzie Pridham scored two goals to bury Fullerton by the final of 2-0...the Titans haven't picked up a victory in Cal Poly in their last six tries (last win Nov. 12, 2004, 3-1)...four of the last five matches between these two squads have been decided by one goal, with one game going to overtime...Fullerton's largest margin of victory over Cal Poly was a 5-0 win Oct. 30, 1998....the Titans' largest margin of defeat has been by three goals. It's happened twice, with the last time coming on Oct. 1, 2008.
More on the Mustangs
Mackenzie Pridham is off to a strong start again this season for Cal Poly, as he's the reigning Big West Offensive Player of the Week after recording a hat trick last time out...Pridham currently leads the Big West in goals scored (8) and total points (18)...Cal Poly enters conference play winners of five of its last six contests...the Mustangs average 2.70 goals per game while they surrender 1.40 per match...Cal Poly currently sits atop of a loaded Big West North Division with a record of 7-3 after being picked to finish third in the conference's preseason coaches' poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
It was nail biter all the way to the very end, but Cal State Fullerton's season-high tying three-goal performance proved to be just enough to outlast Grand Canyon last Saturday night, as the Titans came away with the 3-2 victory at Titan Stadium.
For Fullerton (3-5), the win marks the first time the Titans have secured consecutive wins this season, while it's the first time they've scored three or more goals in back-to-back contests since Oct. 17 and 20th of last year. The win also marked Fullerton's first home victory of the season.
For Grand Canyon (1-5-1), the loss is its third straight overall, while its now gone winless in six consecutive matches.
The Titans snatched momentum early, as Ian Ramos scored his team-leading third goal of the season, after Spencer Johnson put in a perfect corner kick from the left side to put Fullerton up 1-0 in the 26th minute.
The goal marked the sixth time the Titans have scored first this season and the third consecutive game they've been able to score on a set piece.
Just seven minutes later, the Titans would extend their lead to 2-0 in the 33rd minute, as Marc Fenelus netted his first career goal, after putting on a series of nice moves in the penalty box.
The Titans dominated the first half of play, outshooting Grand Canyon 7-3, while also holding a 2-1 corner kick edge, as they took at 2-0 lead into halftime.
But first halves haven't been the problem this year for Fullerton, as it had outscored its opponents 6-3 in opening periods this season compared to being outscored 7-3 in the second half this season.
That trend held true once again Saturday night, as Grand Canyon struck for its first goal in the 58th minute, as Kyle Ciliento scored off the Brandon Hansen assist to cut the Titans' lead to 2-1.
However, Fullerton was determined not to break in this one, as Steven Ortiz netted his first score of the season in the 68th minute, after Fenelus became involved in his second goal of the night, threading a ball beautifully into the box from the right side to extend the Titan lead back to 3-1.
The Antelopes made it interesting late, as Albe Garcia Sanchez struck for a goal in the 84th minute to make it a 3-2 game, but the Fullerton defense was able to hold on for the final six minutes of the game to preserve the win.
The Titans ended up being outshot 13-11 for the match, but held a 5-4 shots on goal advantage.
Fenelus is Feeling It
Junior forward Marc Fenelus earned LA Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week honors this week after scoring his first career goal and recording his second assist of the season last Saturday in Fullerton's 3-2 win over Grand Canyon.
In the Polls
The Titans and Gauchos come into the weekend unranked by both Top Drawer Soccer and the NSCAA, while the Mustangs are placed at No. 28 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer....According to Bennett Rank Cal Poly is placed at No. 36 in the nation, UC Santa Barbara is ranked 35th, while Cal State Fullerton currently stands at 93.
Fullerton is 19-16-2 all-time in conference openers...the Titans are 7-10-0 in road conference openers, as opposed to 12-6-2 in home league openers...Fullerton has dropped two consecutive conference openers and 11 of its last 12.
Setting it Up
Fullerton has scored a goal on a set piece in three consecutive matches...six of the Titans' 12 goals this season have come off set pieces.
How We Rank
The Titans rank second in the Big West in saves (35), third in shot percentage (.128), fourth in goals (12), goals for average (1.5), and assists (11)
Keeping Their Cool
After leading the Big West a year ago in yellow cards issued with 44 for the season, through eight matches the Titans are tied for the least amount of cards issued in the Big West with 10 yellow cards...Fullerton didn't pick up its first caution until the third match of the season (Sept. 6 vs. Loyola Marymount).
Back on the Road
Fullerton is 2-14-2 in its last 18 road affairs going back to the 2011 campaign and have been outscored 35-16 during that span...Despite this, the Titans picked up an impressive 3-0 win vs. Nebraska-Omaha the last time they were on the road.
Second Half Struggles
Cal State Fullerton has outscored opponents 8-3, outshot opponents 42-40, and has a 23-13 corner kick advantage vs. the opposition in the first half this season. However, the Titans have been outscored (11-4), outshot (88-52), and have lost the corner kick battle 23-19 in the second half or overtime this season.
Oh So Close
Three of Fullerton's five losses this season have come by just one goal...In the three one-goal defeats, all three game-winning goals have come in the 73rd minute or later (73rd minute vs. Memphis, 106th minute at San Diego, and 96th minute at Cornell).
Cal State Fullerton has had either more or the same amount of corner kicks as the opposition in six of eight matches this season...Titans have scored first in five straight matches and six of their last seven...Fullerton has scored on a set piece in three straight games.
Fullerton's Dynamic Duo
Amara Soumah and Ian Ramos have combined to score five of Fullerton's 12 goals (42%) this season.
Hannon Definitely Can
Senior goalkeeper Robbie Hannon has started the last two matches after Brian Escalante started in net the first six games of the season...Hannon has given up just two goals in the two contests, including guiding Fullerton to its first clean sheet since Oct. 27, 2012...opponents have yet to score a goal in the first half vs. Hannon.
Here Comes the Offense
Titans have scored three-plus goals in consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 17 and 20th of last year...Fullerton has earned back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Follow Their Lead
Ian Ramos leads the Titans in total shots (19), points (6), and goals (3). Spencer Johnson leads Fullerton in assists with three.
Sharing is Caring
Cal State Fullerton has 12 total goals on the year, scored by nine different players...Ian Ramos and Amara Soumah are the only Titans with more than one goal.
Cal State Fullerton's 2-1 win over Albany on Sept. 1 marked head coach Bob Ammann's 50th career win as a Titan head coach...Al Mistri is the only other Titan head coach that has more wins with 264.
Men's Soccer Ticket Information
Single-game tickets for regular season matches are priced $5-$8. Tickets for future games can be purchased at FullertonTitans.com, in-person at Cal State Fullerton's Athletic Ticket Office (M-F 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) or over the phone at 657-278-7547. Game day ticket sales will also be available starting one hour before kickoff at the ticket windows outside Titan Stadium.
All Cal State Fullerton students are admitted FREE to regular season men's soccer home games. Each student must present a valid Titan Card at the main entrance to Titan Stadium for admission. All student sections are general admission. Admission is first-come, first-served and based on availability. Just show your Titan Card for admittance.
Titans Tabbed Third in Big West Media Poll
Cal State Fullerton was selected to finished third in the Big West South Division according to the Big West preseason coaches' poll, which was released on Aug. 22nd by the league office, making the Titans favorites to earn a trip to the Big West Conference Tournament for a third time in four seasons.
Defending South Division champion Cal State Northridge garnered the respect of the league once again this year, as it was picked as the preseason favorite to win the South for a second straight year, collecting six first place votes and 30 points overall.
Orange County rival UC Irvine finished second in the South voting, earning 21 points overall (one first place vote), followed by the Titans (one first place vote) and UC Riverside, each accumulating 16 and 13 points respectively.
There was less of a clear favorite in the North Division with three teams being separated by four points or less in the polls.
UC Santa Barbara got the nod as the slight favorite to come out of the North Division, collecting five first place votes to go along with 25 points overall. 2012 North Division Champions UC Davis finished just behind the Gauchos with 23 points and three first place votes.
Traditional powerhouse Cal Poly also looks to contend this season, as it garnered 21 points to claim a third place spot in the poll, while Sacramento State was picked fourth with 11 points.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the men's soccer page to watch the 2013 men's soccer season preview video featuring head coach Bob Ammann.
Eyeing Ian (Ramos)
Junior Titan midfielder Ian Ramos was selected to the Big West's 11-man preseason all-conference squad. Ramos enters the season as one the most dynamic players in the league, as he led the Titans in points, goals, shots, and shots on goal during conference play a season ago.
A Brand New Look
A new team, a new year, and yes new jerseys. After being outfitted by adidas for numerous years, both the men and women's soccer programs have switched to new Nike kits for the 2013 season.
The home jerseys sport blue and orange horizontal stripes across the top with blue "Fullerton" lettering across the chest, complete with blue shorts and blue socks on the bottom.
The away jerseys for the men feature a white top with an orange sash with navy blue trim extending from the left shoulder down to the right hip. Orange "Fullerton" lettering is printed across the chest, along with shorts and matching white socks.
(A Lot of) New Kids on the Block
2013 truly represents a new era of Titan soccer, as the program welcomes in the largest class of new players in the Bob Ammann era, with 16 newcomers (11 freshman and five transfers).
While Fullerton holds one of the younger squads in the nation, that doesn't mean the Titans don't hold plenty of experience. Out of Fullerton's 11 newcomers, five of them are transfers in forward Marc Fenelus, midfielder Garrett Losee, midfielder Alex Cannas, forward Amara Soumah, and midfielder Erik Stephenson. Forwards Fenelus and Soumah were both named as NJCAA First Team All-Americans in 2012, while Fenelus also led Western Texas College to its first ever National Junior College National Championship appearance.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous eight-game non-conference schedule, which includes six games away from Titan Stadium. For the season the Titans will play four teams that are either ranked or received votes in the NSCAA's preseason top 25 poll. Fullerton will take on ranked opponents in back-to-back games on the road on Sept. 8 at No. 16 San Diego and Sept. 13 at No. 22 Cornell. Once the Titans enter Big West play, Fullerton will continue to take on top-tier competition, as it'll face Cal State Northridge twice and UC Santa Barbara once. Both schools received top 25 votes.
The Titans will play 11 of their 18 (61 percent) regular season games away from Titan Stadium this season, which is the most since Fullerton also spent 11 games away from home during the 2009 campaign. Six of Fullerton's eight non-conference games will be away from home, including six of the first seven contests to begin the year. The six non-conference games away from home are the most Fullerton has had since it played seven in 2008. The Aug. 30 regular season opener vs. Memphis will mark the first time the Titans have started a season on the road since 2010.
The Titans currently have 29 players on the 2013 roster. 20 players are from the state of California, five are from outside of the United States, three are from Utah, and one is from Colorado.
Filling in the Holes
Cal State Fullerton returns just 26 percent (7) of the team's 27 goals scored last season, 55 percent (12/22) of all assists produced, and 46 percent of shots taken (139/299).
Better Chance to Dance
The Big West Tournament format has changed in 2013. Now instead of the top two teams from each division qualifying for the conference tournament, starting this year the top three teams from both the North and South divisions will advance to postseason play with each division's No. 1 seed receiving a first round bye, for a total of six teams in the field. The tournament schedule is as followed:
Tuesday, November 12 - First Round
Friday, November 15 - Semifinals
Sunday, November 17 - Championship