July 18, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -- - The 2004 Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team came in like a lamb, but went out like a lion, finishing the year with an 11-8-1 overall record and a 7-1-1 mark in Big West Conference play.
After opening the year with just three wins in its first nine matches, the Titans closed out the 2004 regular season with a school record tying seve consecutive victories to earn a share of its second Big West title in the last four seasons under Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin.
The story of the 2004 season just may have been the play of Fullerton's defense, which continued to set the standard for those who follow.
Cal State Fullerton's back line set school records for fewest goals allowed (18) and fewest shots allowed (183) while tying the record for most shutouts in a single season (8) -- including a record four straight shutouts to close out the regular season.
A pair of Titans were singled out for individual honors at the conclusion of the season as Karen Bardsley and Kellie Cox were selected as the Big West Conference Goalkeeper and Midfielder of the Year, respectively.
Bardsley and Cox were two of a conference-best five Titans to earn First Team honors as forward Kandace Wilson (a two-time First Team honoree), now-departed defender Vanessa Valentine (a four-time All-Big West honoree), and defender Marlene Sandoval (a first-time First Team honoree) also made the First Team.
Not to be outdone, midfielder Erin Shelton contributed to the postseason awards haul, earning second-team honors.
Wilson finished the season with 10 goals and an assist to lead the side in scoring for the third consecutive season and, in the process, continued to establish herself as one of the most prolific scorers in school history.
She moved into second place on the Fullerton career points list with 61 and second in goals scored with 27.
After a broken leg sidelined her for all but 28 minutes of the 2003 season, Bardsley returned to the net midway through the season with a vengance, posting a 7-3-1 record in net.
Her 0.71 goals against average was the best single season mark in school history, her eight goals allowed were second for a single season, and her five shutouts were just one short of tying the school record.