KICK OFF: Currently sitting at sixth in the Big West Conference standings with three regular-season matches remaining, Cal State Fullerton will host UC Davis on Sunday at Titan Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m., but Titan fans are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early for Sunday's senior celebration as Fullerton hosts its last regular season home match.
IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis are not currently listed among the nation's top 25 entering this week's contests, however, Cal State Fullerton is tied for 10th according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America West Region rankings.
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.
SENIOR SUNDAY: Prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. kick-off vs. UC Davis at Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton will honor its nine-member senior class as CSF plays its final regular season home match. The senior class includes Lindsey Maricic, Erica Mazeau, Nikki McCants, Lauren Mellano, Janali West, Kellie Bohner, Summer Chavez, Katie Pulliam and Kishi Smith.
UC DAVIS BRIEFLY: UC Davis enters the week at eighth in the Big West Conference standings and will play at UC Riverside on Thursday night before traveling to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. The Aggies score just 0.79 goals per game and allow 1.50 goals per game. Ashley Edwards leads UCD with four goals.
SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series against the Aggies 8-1, and Fullerton has won the last four...Cal State Fullerton has not lost to UC Davis at Titan Stadium (3-0)...four of the last five games against the Aggies have been decided by one goal save for a 4-1 Titan victory on Oct. 30, 2011 in Fullerton...Cal State Fullerton last shut out the Aggies in a 1-0 victory on Oct. 30, 2009 in Fullerton.
"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 -- tying the team's total from all of 2012 and five shy of their NCAA record-tying 11 overtime matches in 2011. The Titans remain unbeaten in overtime (2-0-4) and are 12-10-18 (.525) in extra time during 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). The Titans reversed that trend, scoring eight times during their five-match unbeaten streak from Sept. 22-Oct. 6 (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 eight of its 14 goals -- two of those going for "golden goal" game-winners -- in the 70th minute or later, including a pair against Hawai'i (Oct. 4) and Cal State Northridge (Oct. 6). Morgan Batcheller, who had the game-tying goal against the Matadors in the 72nd minute on Oct. 6 (and had 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), Summer Chavez (93' vs. Hawaii) and Nikki McCants (88th vs. UC Santa Barbara).
HOME COOKING: Fullerton's 1-0 win over UC Santa Barbara last Sunday moved the Titans to 6-1-3 within the friendly confines of Titan Stadium, matching 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).
HELPING HERSELF TO THE RECORD BOOK: Another match, another assist for Erica Mazeau. Her corner kick assisted Nikki McCants' game-winning goal late in the 88th minute against UC Santa Barbara last Sunday. The assist was 13th of the senior's career, placing her in a two-way tie for eighth on the school's all-time list in the category. Mazeau stands just five 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 on Oct. 4 against Hawai'i, 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: Summer Chavez's strike just 2:35 into overtime against Hawai'i 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 10... Nikki McCants became the 10th different Titan to score a goal this season with her volley in the 88th minute last Sunday against UC Santa Barbara -- the fourth time in the last six 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 on the opening weekend of Big West play, 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. Adding three saves last Sunday vs. UCSB, her 217 career saves rank 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 76 saves this season rank seventh on the single-season chart and mark a career-best for the Alta Loma, Calif., native.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: If the season ended today, Maricic's .874 save percentage would be a school record, eclipsing the mark of .848 set by Karen Bardsley in 2006. Maricic has allowed just 11 goals in 97 shots on frame this season which, right now, stands as the fewest goals allowed by a Fullerton starting keeper since Bardsley let in just 13 goals in 2005.
ALL TIED UP: The Oct. 6 draw against 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 180 minutes played last weekend, Maricic solidified her hold on the No. 2 spot with 5,873 career minutes played between the pipes, standing just 522 back of career leader Karen Bardsley (6,395 minutes from 2002-06) -- a mark that is within striking distance with three regular season matches to play, in addition to, any possible conference and NCAA tournament games.
ELSEWHERE...: Lindsey Maricic also ranks among the school's top five in saves per game (5th - 4.02), save percentage (2nd - .797), goals against average (3rd - 1.00), and wins (t2nd - 24).
#WINNING: Erica Mazeau's assist on Nikki McCants' game-winner against UC Santa Barbara last Sunday was her third game-winning assist of the season (tied for third on the school's single-season list) and the sixth of her career, placing her in a tie for second on Fullerton's all-time list -- three back of Kellie Cox's career mark of nine from 2001-05.
"THIS" CLOSE: Fourteen of Cal State Fullerton's 16 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 (.876), while ranking 30th in goals against average (0.701). Individually, senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic ranks among the top 100 in four different categories: No. 10 in save percentage (.874), No. 61 in saves (76), No. 53 in saves per game (5.43), and No. 39 in goals against average (0.728).
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): Fullerton's defense has emerged as one of the best in the league, ranking atop the Big West statistical rankings in fewest goals allowed (12), goals against average (0.70), and saves (85), while standing third in shutouts (6). If they keep this up, the Titans could challenge the school record for fewest goals allowed in a season (15 in 2005).
BE AGGRESSIVE, B-E AGGRESSIVE: Cal State Fullerton, whistled for a Big West leading 210 fouls this season, has been the aggressor on the pitch thus far, racking up 13 matches with 10 or more fouls and leading the opposition in that category in 13 of its 16 contests this season -- including a season-high 27 fouls on Sept. 15 against Utah State. Only Fresno State (23-11), Gonzaga (15-12) and UC Riverside (9-5) have "out-fouled" the Titans this season.
TOP DRAWER RANKING: Erica Mazeau, Lindsey Maricic and Morgan Batcheller were named to Top Drawer Soccer's Top 20 List for the Big West Conference.