July 31, 2012

Coaches Pick Titans Third in Big West Poll

2012 Big West Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll Adobe PDF Icon

FULLERTON, Calif. –
The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was picked to finish third in the race for the Big West Conference title in 2012 while senior Ann Marie Tangorra was named to the preseason all-conference team according to a vote of the league's coaches released on Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans, who finished 9-8-3 overall and 3-4-1 in the Big West to tie for fifth place a season ago, garnered 71 points to edge fourth-place Cal State Northridge (69 points) by two. Long Beach State received nine of the 10 first-place votes and 99 points overall to stand atop the list while defending conference champion UC Irvine collected the final first-place nod and 86 points to finish second.

Central Coast neighbors UC Santa Barbara (53 points) and Cal Poly (48) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, while UC Davis and Pacific were tied for seventh with 44 points apiece. UC Riverside and conference newcomer Hawaii were finished tied for ninth with 18 points each.

Tangorra was an All-Big West Second-Team selection in her first year with the Titans in 2011, tying for 10th in the league with 16 points on five goals and six assists. She ranked among the conference's best in points, shots (t5th – 53), shots per game (3.12 – t5th), points per game (0.94 – 8th), assists (t5th), and assists per game (0.35 – 5th).

Her assist total was tied for sixth in a single-season (and the most for a Titan since Jenae Gibbens finished with seven helpers in 2008) while her 53 shots were 10th-best in a season.

Cal State Fullerton opens the 2012 season on Aug. 12 with an exhibition at UNLV before officially opening the regular season against Southern California rival and former head coach Ali Khosroshahin's USC side on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. PT.

2012 BIG WEST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
1. Long Beach State (9) – 99 points
2. UC Irvine (1) – 86
3. Cal State Fullerton – 71
4. Cal State Northridge – 69
5. UC Santa Barbara – 53
6. Cal Poly – 48
t7. UC Davis – 44
t7. Pacific – 44
t9. UC Riverside – 18
t9. Hawaii – 18

() – denotes first-place votes

2012 BIG WEST PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Forwards
Nadia Link, Long Beach State, Senior
Natalia Ledezma, UC Irvine, Junior
Ann Marie Tangorra, Cal State Fullerton, Senior

Midfielders
Cami Privett, UC Irvine, Sophomore
Cici Kobinski, Cal Poly, Junior
Erin Ortega, UC Santa Barbara, Senior

Defenders
Alex Balcer, Long Beach State, Senior
Brittni Beeman, Pacific, Junior
Katie Russ, Cal State Northridge, Senior
Mary Beth Mazurek, UC Davis, Junior

Goalkeepers
Cynthia Jacobo, Cal State Northridge, Senior
Makenna Henry, UC Santa Barbara, Junior