Titans Look to Stomp Mustangs Before Heading Home to Face UC Santa Barbara on ESPN3
The Titans hit the road this week as they are hosted by Cal Poly, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PT, and end the week back at home Sunday against UC Santa Barbara at 5:00 p.m. PT. Sunday's match will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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For Thursday's match against the Mustangs, live stats will be available here, an audio stream can be heard here, and a live stream to watch is available here. Those tuning in for Sunday's match can follow along with the live stats here, audio here, and the live stream can be viewed on ESPN3.com.
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OPPONENT AND HISTORY
7:00 p.m. PT | Thursday, Oct. 19 | Alex G. Spanos Stadium
Fullerton hits the road to San Luis Obispo to take on the Cal Poly. At home, the Mustangs hold a series record of 7-3-1 against Titans. The last time these teams met was at Titan Stadium on October 2, 2016, where Fullerton shutout Cal Poly 4-0. Maribell Morales was the staple in that match accounting for two of the four goals scored.
Cal Poly comes off a 3-2 win against Long Beach State at home. Sophomore Jessica Johnson came up clutch for the Mustangs with an early game-winning goal in the 9th minute of play. Johnson went on to close the game with a header off the corner to finalize the win.
OPPONENT AND HISTORY
UC Santa Barbara
5:00 p.m. PT | Sunday, Oct. 22 | Titan Stadium
The Titans look to take on the Gauchos for their annual matchup on Sunday. Fullerton has an overall series record of 14-11-1 against Santa Barbara. The last time these two met was at Harder Stadium on October 16, 2017 where the Titans fell to the Gauchos 2-1. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Santa Barbara houses the Big West Conference leading scorer, Amanda Ball. Ball is a Gaucho senior who currently has 10 goals for the season. Ball was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week (08/21) in the first week of the season. As Santa Barbara comes off a 3-0 shutout against Long Beach State, Ball accounted for two of the three goals scored.
- Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West Conference in goals with a total of 30 for the season.
- Sarah Fajnor leads the Titans in total points with 16. Fajnor has six goals and four assists and was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week (09/25)
- Morgan Bertsch tallies the lowest goals against average in the Big West with a value of .71. Bertsch has won two Big West Defensive Player of the Week accolades this season (09/25) and (10/09)
- Fullerton leads the conference in scoring offense with a value of two goals per game.
- The Titans have out-cornered all their opponents this season 113-70. At 7.25 corner kicks per game, Fullerton ranks 8th in the country and leads the Big West Conference.
BERTSCH BETWEEN THE POSTS
For the second time this season, Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch earned Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors for her stellar play in net. The senior, who also won the award on Sept. 26, made a total of eight saves as the Titans went 1-1 last week. Bertsch stopped two shots and allowed the game's lone goal in a 1-0 loss to UC Riverside on Thursday. Bertsch and the squad rallied to a 2-0 victory over Long Beach State on Sunday as Bertsch faced 19 shots and saved all six that went on frame, including a one-handed stop.
COACH HITS TRIPLE DIGITS
With the win against Northridge (10/1) Head Coach Demian Brown notched 100 career wins. Over his 11 years as head coach, Brown has steered the Titans to four Big West regular season championships (2007, 2012, 2014, 2015) and four Big West Tournament championships (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015) representing the league as the Big West's automatic qualifier at the NCAA Tournament for three of the last five years (2013, 2014, 2015) in addition to the Titans' postseason trip in 2007. In 2016, Brown finished the season with an 8-10-1 overall record where the Titans made it to the semi-finals in which they lost to UC Irvine.
Cal State Fullerton women's soccer swept the Big West Player of the Week (9/25) honors as the squad picked up two shutout wins last weekend against San Diego and Grand Canyon at Titan Stadium. Senior forward Sarah Fajnor was named Big West Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week while fellow senior goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch garnered Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
For the first time in her career, senior Kaycee Hoover earned the Big West Offensive Player of the Week for the week of September 4th. Hoover recorded two goals over the weekend at Titan Stadium. Her first, against Iowa State (9/8) was the goal to solidify the Titans 2-1 win. Her second would come as a game-winning goal against Utah Valley (9/10) in what was a 3-0 shutout win for CSF. Fullerton scored three goals in the first half, the last time this was recorded was Nov. 11, 2015, against UCSB.
PRIMUS IN HER PRIME
Reigning from London, England, sophomore Atlanta Primus leads the Titans with four goals this season. Primus has currently scored a goal in each of the last three games. Last year, Primus notched one goal and was appointed to the Big West Conference All-Freshmen Team. Currently, she is tied with UC Santa Barbara's Amanda Ball for the most goals in the league. Primus's father, Linvoy Primus, had a 16-year professional career as a defender playing for Charlton Athletic, Barnet, Reading and Portsmouth.
FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET
On Sunday night (10/8), Freshmen Samantha McKenna scored the game-winning goal in the 14th minute. McKenna capitalized off the 49ers giveaway which led to her solo breakaway for her third goal of the season. Senior Sarah Fajnor set the Titans over in the 36th minute with the assist from Samantha McKenna. Fajnor received the cross from McKenna and sent it home to notch her sixth goal of the season. Fajnor is now at the top of the leaderboard in goals for the Titans. IN THE POLLS The Titans came in second
IN THE PRESEASON POLL
The Titans came in second place in Big West's women's soccer preseason poll released on Aug. 10. Cal State Fullerton secured 63 points in the polls, trailing Long Beach State in first with 78 points. Titans Connie Caliz made the preseason All-Conference Team.
The Titans finished last season 8-10-1 (5-3-0 Big West). This gave the team a fourth-place finish in the Big West Conference. Jazzmin Mancilla was out for the season after tearing her ACL in the season opener against Saint Mary's. The Titans made it to the semi-final of the Big West Conference Tournament where they fell to UC Irvine in PK's at George Allen Field in Long Beach, Calif.
Titans welcome back 25 members from last year's squad, including 10 starters from last year. Out of the 10, nine are seniors entering their final year with the program. Senior Morgan Bertsch, is expected to anchor the goal for the Titans. She made four starts in net compiling, a 1-2-0 record with a save percentage of .800. The Titans also welcome back their leading scorer from a year ago in Sarah Fajnor. Tala Haddad makes her return to the Titan midfield. She secured nine points for Titans scoring three goals while recording three assists. She is expected to have a strong senior year. The senior compiled 16 points on seven goals scored and two assists.
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