September 26, 2012

Local Rivals UCI, Long Beach State Kick-Off Big West Play

THIS WEEK...
UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 | 5:00 p.m.
Titan Stadium (10,000)
Fullerton, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Audio | Video

#21 Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 | 5:00 p.m.
Titan Stadium (10,000)
Fullerton, Calif.
Game Coverage:

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LET'S PLAY TWO!: Ernie Banks would be proud. Both of this weekend's matches will be the first of a doubleheader with the Fullerton men's squad, which hosts Cal Poly on Friday and #3 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday in its Big West openers. Kickoff for those matches is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m. 

IN THE POLLS: Long Beach State enters the weekend ranked No. 21 by the NSCAA... Neither UC Irvine nor Cal State Fullerton are ranked entering the weekend.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (CSUF.Athletics) and Twitter (@FullertonTitans). In addition, the women's soccer team has established its own Facebook and Twitter presence. Search for "Cal State Fullerton Women's Soccer" on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @CSUF_WSoccer.

"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, Cal State Fullerton's home matches, as well as selected road contests, can be heard live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Veteran Cal State Fullerton soccer broadcaster Mike Martinez will have the play-by-play. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the newly redesigned FullertonTitans.com and enjoy the action.

"CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?": For the fifth year, institutions will air select matches on BigWest.TV, including all Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara contests.  For the 2012 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge.  Head to http://www.bigwest.org/thisweek for weekly event schedules.

BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West's ten member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women's volleyball as well as men's and women's basketball.  Also covered are select contests in men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Conference Championships. 

I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats will be available for both contests against UC Irvine and Long Beach State this weekend. Follow the links on the women's soccer schedule page at FullertonTitans.com. 

UC IRVINE BRIEFLY: The Anteaters enter the weekend with a 4-7 overall record and are at the tail-end of a nine-match road swing that concludes on Sunday at UC Riverside... three of UCI's four wins have come away from Anteater Stadium as Irvine is 1-3 in true road contests and 2-1 in neutral site matches this year... the Anteaters fell, 3-2, at San Diego State in their only match last week... Natalia Ledezma leads the team with six points on a goal and four assists while three different players have found the back of the net twice this year... Jennifer Randazzo has started eight of the team's 11 matches in net, posting a 1.75 goals against average and 23 saves to go with a pair of shutouts... UCI has been outscored, 21-11, this season, but is outshooting its opponents, 118-114, led by 23 shots from Ledezma and 21 more from North Carolina transfer Rachel Wood.

HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH THE ANTEATERS: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Irvine, 10-6-3, but the Anteaters are unbeaten in their last three meetings with the Titans (2-0-1)... UCI has posted one-goal victories in each of the last two seasons (2-1 in 2011 and 3-2 in 2010) while the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw in 2009... Fullerton is 5-3-2 all-time against Irvine at home, including a five-match winning streak from 2001-07... six of the 19 all-time matches have gone to overtime with the Titans posting a 3-0-3 mark in those contests.

LONG BEACH STATE BRIEFLY: The 49ers return to Titan Stadium for the second time in the last three weeks after competing in Cal State Fullerton's 2012 Under Armour Invitational on Sept. 14 and 16... Long Beach State enters the weekend at 7-3 overall and will meet UC Riverside on Friday before heading to Orange County... the 49ers have won their last two matches via the shutout, including a 1-0 blanking of San Diego on Sept. 21... All-American Nadia Link and Washington State transfer Eileen Maes share the team lead with four goals and three assists (11 points)... reigning Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Marrina Meyers, has played every minute in net for Long Beach State, posting a 1.16 goals against average and 51 saves to go with three shutouts.

HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH THE 49ERS: The series between the rival Titans and 49ers is knotted at seven, with Long Beach State winning the last two meetings to close the gap... the 49ers posted a 2-1 win over overtime last season at home, scoring in the final 12 seconds of regulation to tie the match, then getting the game-winner in the fifth minute of overtime. Fullerton's last win in the series came in 2009, posting a 2-0 shutout in Long Beach.

NO PLACE LIKE... HOME?: When Long Beach State visits Titan Stadium on Sunday, it might seem like the 49ers are playing on their home field. Long Beach State is 5-1 against Cal State Fullerton at Titan Stadium since the series began in 1998, including wins in its last four trips to Orange County dating back to 2003.

"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!": Seniors Stacey Fox, Jennifer Smith, and JeAnne Mazeau, along with sophomore Chelsey Patterson, have been selected as captains for the 2012 season.

FOR STARTERS... BIG WEST STYLE: Cal State Fullerton is 9-6-1 all-time in Big West Conference-opening matches, having won four of its last six... the Titans fell to Cal Poly in last season's league opener, 2-1, in double overtime... Friday night will mark the first time since 2008 that Fullerton will open conference play at home after three consecutive openers on the road... the Titans are 3-2-1 in conference openers at Titan Stadium... Fullerton has never opened conference play against UC Irvine, but has opened against Long Beach State, posting a 3-2 win in overtime in 2000 on the road... the Titans are 2-1-1 in overtime in conference openers, suffering their first loss last season at Cal Poly.

MISSING IT BY *THIS* MUCH: It is really becoming a heartbreaking, yet consistent, story for the Titans in 2012 as eight of Fullerton's nine matches this season -- as well as all six of its losses -- have been decided by a single goal save the Titans' 3-0 shutout of Army on Sept. 14. Also, in an odd turn of events, five of Fullerton's six defeats have come via a 2-1 score -- including a pair in overtime in back-to-back contests at Loyola Marymount (Aug. 19) and Michigan (Aug. 24) -- while all three of its wins have come via the shutout.

SINGLED OUT: Cal State Fullerton has yet to be shutout in nine matches this season, but the Titans are still waiting for the offensive dam to burst. Fullerton, which has been outscored by just a 13-12 margin this season, has scored multiple goals in a match just twice, scoring twice against USC on Aug. 17 and a season-high three times against Army on Sept. 14.

SHE'S HERE TO HELP: Junior Erica Mazeau enjoys helping her teammates. So much so that her fifth assist of the year against Army on Sept. 14 vaulted her into the Big West Conference assists lead entering this weekend's league openers. With two more assists this season, Mazeau, who entered the year with just one assist to her name in her previous two seasons, would post the most helpers for a Titan since Jenae Gibbens finished with seven in 2008.

THAT'S QUITE A STREAK YOU'VE GOT THERE: Ann Marie Tangorra's goal against Army gave her goals in three consecutive contests and, coupled with an ssist against Oregon State on Aug. 30, points in four-straight matches. Although her streak came to an end in the Titans' loss to Texas Tech, Tangorra's four-match streak is tied for the eighth-longest point-scoring run while she became the 15th player to tally a goal in at least three consecutive matches. Earlier this season, senior Stacey Fox duplicated her teammate's efforts with an assist against USC followed by three-straight matches with goals against Michigan, Michigan State, and Oregon State.

NOT TO BE OUTDONE...: Erica Mazeau's three consecutive matches with an assist from Aug. 19-26 ranks tied for the second-longest such streak in school history with four other players, standing behind only Erica Jacalone and her school-record four-straight matches with an assist from Sept. 3-17, 2001. Mazeau has also assisted on two game-winners this season, ranking tied for ninth in school history in that category.

SHOT CALLERS: The duo of sophomore Rebecca Wilson and senior Ann Marie Tangorra is ranked second and third, respectively, in shots entering this weekend's match-ups as Wilson, with 33 overall (and 3.67 per match), is just one behind leader Nadia Link of Long Beach State, while Tangorra stands three shots back of the 49ers' striker with 31 on the year overall (and 3.44 per match).

SHE'S A KEEPER: Since her return to the cage against top-ranked Florida State on Sept. 1, junior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic has been solid between the pipes for the Titans, posting a 1.00 goals against average (third in the Big West Conference) and two shutouts (tied for second in the league) to go with 13 saves and a .765 save percentage. With her four saves on Sept. 16 against Texas Tech, Maricic became only the sixth Titan keeper to notch 100 career saves (6th on the all-time list) and she earned her 12th career victory and eighth career shutout against Army on Sept. 14 -- good for on both of those all-time lists. 

SLY AS A FOX: Redshirt senior Stacey Fox has a chance to establish herself as one of the top scorers in the history of the Cal State Fullerton program in 2012, entering the weekend ranked ninth on the career goals scored list (16) -- one of only 17 players in the history of the program to reach double-digits in goals scored -- and her 36 points rank 10th on the school's all-time chart. She also ranks among the top 10 in school history in game-winning goals (t10th - 4) and shots (t10th - 90).