October 10, 2013

Titans Look to Extend Streak With Lone Match at UC Riverside

THIS WEEK...

Cal State Fullerton at UC Riverside
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.
UCR Soccer Stadium (1,156)
Riverside, Calif.

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KICK OFF: Unbeaten in its last five matches overall, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (6-3-4 overall, 1-0-1 in the Big West Conference) rolls into the Inland Empire this weekend for a match-up at league leading UC Riverside on Sunday (Oct. 13) at 6 p.m. It is the only contest of the week for the Titans.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Riverside nor Cal State Fullerton are listed among the nation's top 25 entering this week's contests. The Titans, however, are ranked No. 6 in the West Region according to the NSCAA.

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 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.

UC RIVERSIDE BRIEFLY: The Highlanders, at 5-7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play, stand alone atop the Big West standings after a weekend that saw them post wins over Cal State Northridge (3-1) and Hawaii (2-0)... UC Riverside travels to UC Irvine on Thursday (Oct. 10) before hosting Cal State Fullerton... freshman midfielder Sammy Arellano leads the offense with a pair of goals and two assists (6 points) on ONLY seven shots and is one of 10 different goal scorers for the Highlanders this season... sophomore forward Tyler Cunningham leads all players with 33 shots on the year, scoring twice... sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas has started 12 of the team's 13 matches between the pipes this season, posting a 1.30 goals against average and 47 saves to go with a pair of shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Riverside by the count of 7-4-2, and is unbeaten in its last four contests (3-0-1) against the Highlanders dating back to the 2008 season... six of the last seven meetings have been decided by a single goal with one draw thrown into the mix... Fullerton is 3-2-1 against Riverside on the Highlanders' home field, unbeaten (2-0-1) in its last three trips to the Inland Empire... the Titans and UCR battled to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 23, 2011, in their last meeting in Riverside... the two teams have battled to overtime three times in the history of the series with Fullerton holding a 1-0-2 edge.

"THE SUSPENSE IS TERRIBLE... I HOPE IT'LL LAST": Don't leave early, there's plenty of soccer left to play. It's almost become routine for the Titans to play an overtime period or two this season as they have done six times thus far in 2013 -- including four of its last five contests -- tying the team's total from all of 2012 and just five shy of their NCAA record-tying 11 overtime matches in 2011. With a win and a draw in extra time this past weekend, the Titans remained unbeaten in overtime (2-0-4) and are 12-10-18 (.525) in extra time in Head Coach Demian Brown's six-plus seasons. 

"WAIT A MINUTE. STRIKE THAT. REVERSE IT.": As Fullerton opened its 2013 season, the offense struggled to find its legs, scoring just five times in its first eight contests (3-3-2 record). Now, the Titans have reversed that trend, scoring eight times during their five-match unbeaten streak (3-0-2 record), including multiple goals in three of those matches.

FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC: Cal State Fullerton has made it a habit of scoring late this season, netting seven of its 13 goals -- two of those going for "golden goal" game-winners -- in the 70th minute or later, including a pair this past weekend against Hawaii and Cal State Northridge. Batcheller, who had the game-tying goal against the Matadors in the 72nd minute on Sunday night (and has another in the 108th minute at USC earlier in the year), has two of the seven goals, heading up a group that includes Ali White (74' at BYU), Rebecca Wilson (71' vs. Montana), Brianna Chapman (89' vs. LMU), Janali West (74' vs. Gonzaga), and Summer Chavez (93' vs. Hawaii).

HOME COOKING: Fullerton's performances this past weekend moved the Titans to 5-1-3 within the friendly confines of Titan Stadium, matching their home win total from all of 2012 (5-5) and standing just one shy of their 2011 mark of 6-4-2 on their home turf. The record for most home wins was set in 1996 (10-5) and later matched by the 2005 squad (10-1).

FIVE FOR (NUMBER) FIVE: Senior Erica Mazeau lived up to her billing as the reigning Big West Offensive Player of the Week with, yet another, big weekend to kick-off conference play. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native notched a game-tying goal and game-tying assist to help the Titans to a win and a draw, giving her a point in five consecutive contests -- tied for the fourth-longest streak in the history of the program -- and logging two goals and four assists (8 points) in that stretch. The record for consecutive matches with a point is seven, shared by Dolores Browning (11 goals and an assist over parts of two seasons in 1995-96) and Michelle Rice (five goals and four assists over parts of two seasons in 1994-95).

HELPING HERSELF TO THE RECORD BOOK: Another match, another assist for Mazeau. Her helper on Morgan Batcheller's game-tying goal late in the game against Cal State Northridge on Sunday night (Oct. 6), was the 12th of the senior's career, placing her in a four-way tie for ninth on the school's all-time list in the category. Mazeau stands just one back of Erin Shelton (2002-05) for eighth place and six back of co-record holders Dolores Browning (1995-98) and Kellie Cox (2001-05) for the top spot.

SUMMER TIME!: Yes, it's October, but Friday night against Hawaii, the Titans were smack dab in the middle of "Summer Time" after Fullerton senior Summer Chavez gave her side a win in a Big West opener for the first time since 2010. The senior from Bakersfield, Calif., tallied her first of the year from 30 yards out, tucking the shot just under the crossbar in the 93rd minute for the game-winner. It was only the second career goal for Chavez and her first since scoring in a 3-2 win at UC Davis as a freshman on Oct. 8, 2010.

WELL, THAT WAS QUICK: Chavez's strike just 2:35 into overtime against Hawaii was the sixth-fastest overtime goal by a Titan in school history and the quickest since JeAnne Mazeau scored just 58 seconds into the first extra time period at Cal State Northridge on Oct. 5 of last season.

NUMBER 9... NUMBER 9... NUMBER 9...: Chavez became the ninth different Titan to score a goal this season with her overtime strike to beat Hawaii -- the third time in the last five goals that a new Fullerton player has put their name into the scoring column. Only three players (Erica Mazeau, Christina Burkenroad, and Morgan Batcheller) have scored multiple times this season.

THE 200 CLUB: With her 12 saves this past weekend, senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic joined a very select group in Cal State Fullerton women's soccer history, becoming only the third keeper to eclipse the 200-save plateau for a career. With her 210 career saves, Maricic stands behind only Laura Janke's 235 stops from 2000-03 and Karen Bardsley's school-record 312 saves from 2002-06 on the all-time list. In addition, Maricic's 69 saves this season are tied for eighth on the single-season chart, two back of Laura Janke (2003) in seventh and 19 shy of Suzy Strazzulla (1995) and Karen Bardsley (2002) for a fifth-place tie.

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: If the season ended today, Maricic's .885 save percentage would be a school record, eclipsing the mark of .848 set by Karen Bardsley in 2006. Maricic has allowed just nine goals in 78 shots on frame this season which, right now, stand as the fewest goals allowed by a Fullerton starting keeper since Bardsley let in just 13 goals in 2005.

ALL TIED UP: Sunday night's draw with Cal State Northridge marked the eighth career tie with Maricic in net -- far and away the all-time record for a Fullerton keeper, doubling up the previous mark held by Bardsley and Shannon Simpson (2007-10), who each had four decisions that ended in draws during their careers.

MINUTE-WOMAN: With her 200 minutes played this past weekend, Maricic solidified her hold on the No. 2 spot with 5,603 career minutes played between the pipes, standing just 792 back of career leader Karen Bardsley (6,395 minutes from 2002-06) -- a mark that is within striking distance with six regular season matches to play, in addition to, any possible conference and NCAA tournament games.

ELSEWHERE...: Maricic also ranks among the school's top five in saves per game (5th - 4.12), save percentage (2nd - .802), goals against average (3rd - 0.98), and wins (4th - 22).

#WINNING: Mazeau's assist on Janali West's game-winner against Gonzaga on Sept. 29 was her second game-winning assist of the season (tied for ninth on the school's single-season list) and the fifth of her career, placing her in a tie for fourth on Fullerton's all-time list -- four back of Kellie Cox's career mark of nine from 2001-05.

"THIS" CLOSE: Eleven of Cal State Fullerton's 13 matches this season have been decided by a single goal or fewer, save for a 3-1 loss at No. 6 BYU in the season opener on Aug. 23 and a 2-0 win over Montana on Sept. 1 at home.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: How does the Titans' defense stand up nationally, you ask? Among all 323 NCAA programs, the Titans rank No. 9 in the nation in save percentage (.885) while ranking among the top 50 in goals against average (#44, 0.71) and saves per game (#49, 5.92). Individually, senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic ranks among the top 100 in four different categories: No. 12 in save percentage (.885), No. 27 in saves (69), No. 30 in saves per game (6.27), and No. 54 in goals against average (0.74). Senior teammate Erica Mazeau moved into the rankings as well with her fourth assist of the year on Sunday, ranking No. 119 in the nation in that category.

DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): Fullerton's defense has emerged as one of the best in the league through the first half of the season, ranking atop the league statistical rankings in fewest goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.71), and saves (77), while standing second in shutouts (5). If they keep this up, the Titans could challenge the school records for fewest goals allowed in a season (15 in 2005) and shutouts in a single-season (12 in 2005).

BE AGGRESSIVE, B-E AGGRESSIVE: Cal State Fullerton, whistled for a conference-high 171 fouls to start the season, has been the aggressor on the pitch thus far, racking up 11 matches with 10 or more fouls and leading the opposition in that category in 11 of its 13 contests this season -- including a season-high 27 fouls on Sept. 15 against Utah State. Only Fresno State (23-11) and Gonzaga (15-12) have "out-fouled" the Titans this season.