FULLERTON, Calif. --
KICK OFF: It's a relatively "slow" week for the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (2-1-1 overall in 2013) with only one match scheduled but, the down side is, the Titans have to travel almost 1,100 miles to play it. Fullerton hits the road for only the second time this season on Friday (Sept. 6) as the Titans take on Texas Tech at 5 p.m. PT at the John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock, Texas.
IN THE POLLS: Texas Tech is receiving 33 votes in the latest NSCAA poll released on Tuesday (Sept. 3)... Cal State Fullerton is unranked.
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 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 sixth consecutive year, institutions will air select matches on BigWest.TV, including all Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara women's soccer contests. For the 2013 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. Head to www.bigwest.org/thisweek for weekly event schedules.
BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West's nine member institutions. Now in its ninth 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 all of Cal State Fullerton's home matches and selected road contests throughout the year. Follow along by accessing the links on the women's soccer schedule page at FullertonTitans.com.
"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!": Cal State Fullerton junior midfielder Chelsey Patterson has been named team captain for the 2013 season.
STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH'S MOUTH: Listen as Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Demian Brown previews his side's 2013 season in stunning HD via the lens of team videographer Matt Brown. Access the entire interview on Cal State Fullerton's YouTube page at youtube.com/csfathletics.
TV TIME FOR TITAN STADIUM: For the second consecutive season, it was announced that the championship match of this year's Big West Conference women's soccer tournament hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Titan Stadium would be televised live on FOX Sports PrimeTicket at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10. Last year, the Titans and Cal State Northridge battled it out in front of the network's cameras at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium, a match eventually won by the Matadors, 1-0, in overtime. It will be the first televised collegiate women's soccer match at Titan Stadium since Oct. 25, 2006, when Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State clashed on the Fox Soccer Channel.
TEXAS TECH BRIEFLY: The Red Raiders enter the week at 3-1 overall on the season after suffering their first loss of the year to Long Beach State, 3-2, on Sunday (Sept. 1)... it was a season-high for Texas Tech in goals allowed after it had shutout its first three opponents of the regular season (New Mexico, Colorado State, Idaho State) by a combined 10-0 score... Friday's match will mark the fourth of a five-match homestand for the Red Raiders and the second of three-straight opponents from the Big West Conference (Texas Tech hosts Cal State Northridge on Sunday)... Hayley Haagsma, Maddy Crabtree, and Jessica Disabella share the team lead with two goals and an assist (5 points) apiece, part of a group of eight different Red Raiders who have found the back of the net this season... senior Victoria Esson returns in net, sporting a 0.85 goals against average, two shutouts, and just three saves in over 316 minutes thus far... Texas Tech opponents have been held to just 13 shots in four matches thus far this season.
BATCHELLER NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal State Fullerton sophomore defender Morgan Batcheller was named the Big West Conference's Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 2, after her performance on the backline helped the Titans to a pair of shutouts over the weekend against Utah and Montana. It is the first career award for the Carlsbad, Calif., native and the first for a Fullerton defender since Caitlin Mellano won the honor on Oct. 31, 2011. Batcheller anchored a stingy defense that withstood an 11-shot barrage from the Utes and held leading scorer Baylee Nielson to just two shots in a scoreless draw and, two days later, held the visiting Grizzlies to just four shots in a 2-0 victory.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS...: Friday will mark only the fourth trip to the State of Texas for the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer program, looking to improve on its 2-2 mark inside the Lone Star State. The Titans last visited in 2006, earning a split of their weekend with a 1-0 win at Texas A&M on Sept. 15 and a 3-2 defeat at the University of Texas two days later. Fullerton's only other trips came during the 1997 and 1998 seasons when they faced then-Big West Conference rival North Texas in Denton, posting a 2-0 victory and falling, 2-1, in overtime, respectively.
NO GOALS FOR YOU!: With their performances this past weekend, the Titans extended their shutout streak to 302:01 dating back to the second half of the season opener at No. 6-ranked BYU -- a run that currently ranks ninth on the all-time list for a single-season.
STRINGING TOGETHER THE SHUTOUTS: The three consecutive shutouts are the most for the Titans since the won three consecutive matches by a 1-0 score from Oct. 5-14 last season. A fourth consecutive shutout on Friday at Texas Tech would mark Fullerton's longest such streak since the end of the 2009 season when the Titans went 3-0-1 over their final four matches with a 2-0 win over Long Beach State, a scoreless draw with New Mexico, and a pair of 1-0 wins over UC Davis and Pacific from Oct. 22-Nov. 1.
NO SHOTS FOR YOU, EITHER!: The four shots allowed to Montana on Sunday marked the fewest by a Fullerton opponent since Creighton had the same number on Sept. 9, 2012 On the flip side, the Titans' 25 shots against the Grizzlies were the most for Fullerton in nearly two years dating back to a 33-shot night in a 1-1 draw at UC Riverside on Oct. 23, 2011.
STUART MAKES HER DEBUT: Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart made her Division I debut a stellar one on Sunday against Montana, making two saves while recording her first career shutout in the 2-0 victory.
GO "WEST," YOUNG WOMAN!: Senior Janali West was in a giving mood to close out the holiday weekend, dishing out assists on both of the Titans' goals in their 2-0 victory over Montana on Sunday. It was a career-high for West, who finished with three goals as a junior in 2012, and marked her first assists since her sophomore season in 2011 when she had one against CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 16.
GOOSE EGGS RARE AT FULLERTON: Cal State Fullerton has only been shutout six times in its last 44 matches dating back to the 2011 season -- including 22 of its last 24 contests. Even more rare is the double "goose egg" as Friday's scoreless draw with Utah was only the eighth such result (seven of those coming at Titan Stadium) in the 401-match history of the program -- and the first since the same two teams battled to a 0-0 tie on Aug. 19, 2011.
Oct. 1, 2004 vs. UC Riverside
Sept. 3, 2006 at #10 California
Oct. 15, 2006 vs. Cal Poly
Nov. 11, 2007 vs. Cal Poly
Oct. 1, 2009 vs. CSU Bakersfield
Oct. 25, 2009 vs. New Mexico
Aug. 19, 2011 vs. Utah
Aug. 30, 2013 vs. Utah
MARICIC MOVING UP THE CHARTS: With her clean sheet in Friday's scoreless draw with Utah, senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic tallied her 13th career shutout -- tying her with Laura Janke (2000-03) for second on the school's all-time list. However, she has some work to do to catch career leader Karen Bardsley (2002-06), who tallied a school-record 26 career shutouts in her tenure with the Titans. In other categories, Maricic's five saves against the Utes gave her 160 for her career, solidifying her hold on the No. 4 spot and putting her 30 saves back of Suzy Strazzulla for third place, and enters the week ranked among the school's top five in saves per game (5th - 3.72), save percentage (4th - .777), goals against average (3rd - 1.05), and wins (4th - 19).
SAVE IT!: While she didn't get the win against No. 6 BYU in the season opener on Aug. 23, Maricic was nonetheless stellar in net against the nationally ranked Cougars, making a career-high 11 saves in the loss -- tied for 10th on the school's single-match list and the most since Karen Bardsley finished with 14 stops in an NCAA Tournament match against UCLA on Nov. 12, 2006 (which stand second for a single match in school history).
TITANS PICKED TO DEFEND TITLE: The defending Big West Conference champion Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was picked to defend its league crown in 2013 according to a vote of the conference's head coaches released by the Big West office on Aug. 15.
It is the first time since 2002 that the Titans have been the preseason pick to win the league, finishing second in the voting twice, and third on three other occasions. Fullerton received five first-place votes and 72 points overall to edge out both Long Beach State and UC Irvine, which tied for second place with a first-place vote and 62 points overall.
Cal Poly (2 first-place votes and 59 points) and defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Northridge (54 points) round out the top five, followed by UC Santa Barbara (30), Hawaii (27), UC Davis (22), and UC Riverside (17).
PATTERSON EARNS PRESEASON NOD: Junior midfielder Chelsey Patterson was the lone member of the Titan squad named as one of 12 players to the preseason All-Big West Conference Team as voted on by the coaches. Patterson, an All-Big West Honorable Mention honoree in 2012, made 18 starts as a sophomore, scoring her lone goal of the season in the semifinal match of the conference tournament semifinal against UC Irvine -- a match the Titans would win in penalty kicks to advance after a 1-1 draw.
QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton returns five starters and 17 letter winners from last season's Big West Conference championship squad that finished 10-9-1 overall and 7-2 in league play en route to the program's sixth regular season league title -- tied with Cal Poly for the most in the history of the conference. The Titans, who finished with a 7-2-1 mark in their final 10 games of the season, lost their top two scorers from a season ago in Stacey Fox (7 goals, 2 assists) and Ann Marie Tangorra (6 goals, 3 assists) to graduation, but return a quartet of All-Big West Honorable Mention selections in sophomore Christina Burkenroad (5 goals, 12 points), junior Rebecca Wilson (1 goal, 2 assists, 51 shots), junior Chelsey Patterson (18 starts, 1 goal, 15 shots), and senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic (0.98 GAA, 54 saves, 5 shutouts), as well as senior playmaker Erica Mazeau (1 goal, 7 assists, 21 shots).
BY THE NUMBERS: Cal State Fullerton returns just under half (15) of the team's 31 goals scored, 20 of the 29 assists, and just over half (162) of the team's 296 shots taken a season ago. What does it all mean? Probably only that numbers are fun.
NEW FACE, SAME PLACE: Fullerton's coaching staff remains largely intact for 2013 with one exception as a familiar face slides over a few seats with the addition of Stacey Fox as an assistant coach. Fox, who completed her eligibility in 2012, takes for the now-departed Lauryn Pehanich, who became the head coach of the women's program at Division III University of La Verne. Fox was a two-time All-West Region selection by the NSCAA during her Titan career -- one of only 10 Fullerton players to make an all-region squad since 1996 and only the third to earn multiple honors (Karen Bardsley and Jenae Gibbens). Fox led the team in scoring with a team-high seven goals and 16 points as a senior last season and ranks among the career top 10 in points (9th - 45), goals (6th -20), goals per game (9th - 0.29), game-winning goals (t3rd - 6), and shots (7th - 110).
AND, BOY, WERE HER ARMS TIRED: No Titan will have travelled further to join her teammates than freshman Tatyana Ungacta, who hails from Hagatna, Guam -- a mere 7,806 miles (as Google Maps flies) from her new home in North Orange County. She edged out former Titans Emma Humphries (6,730 miles from her home in Wellington, New Zealand), Darcy Frenzel (2,359 miles from her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska), and Kristen Boujos (2,185 miles from her home in Whitby, Ontario, Canada). Ungacta joins Humphries and Boujos as the only three players in the history of the program not from one of the 50 States to don a Titan uniform.
SPEAKING OF "FOREIGNERS": A little closer to home, but nonetheless significant, incoming freshman Tara LeBaron is only the 13th player (out of 578 overall in the history of the program) from outside the state of California (not counting the aforementioned "international" trio) to join the Fullerton program. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, LeBaron is the third "foreigner" to come from "The Silver State" -- tied with with the state of Colorado for the most. Other states to be represented on a Titan roster: Washington, Alaska, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Indiana, and Arizona.
WELCOME TO THE "U": Ungacta and fellow freshman Nicole Ulrich have the honor of becoming only the second and third Titans with a surname that begins with the letter "U," joining trailblazer Tennli Ulicny (1998-2001).
A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER: Freshman Nicole Ulrich and senior Erica Mazeau will be carrying on a tradition of sorts in 2013 as their No. 2 and No. 5 jerseys are the only two numbers in the history of the Fullerton program to be worn every season since the program began in 1993.
THAT'S FRESH... MAN: The 2013 crop of 10 true freshmen are the most for a Cal State Fullerton squad since the 2009 team featured the same number to start the season.