Aug. 4, 2009
FULLERTON, CA -
The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Big West Conference for the 2009 season according to a vote of the league's coaches released on Tuesday morning.
The Titans finished with 32 points in a bunched middle-of-the-pack, finishing just one point shy of Cal State Northridge (33 points) for fifth and one point ahead of UC Irvine (31 points) in seventh position.
Defending tournament champion UC Santa Barbara was selected to win the regular season crown, garnering five of the nine first-place votes and finishing with 75 points overall to claim the favorite's position.
Three-time defending regular season champion Long Beach State was picked second with two first-place votes and 67 points overall and was followed by Cal Poly (one first-place vote, 65 points), and Pacific (one first-place vote, 53 points) in the top four.
Northridge, Fullerton, UC Irvine, UC Davis (28 points), and UC Riverside (21) round out the coach's selections.
The Titans return 12 letter winners and eight starters from last season's young squad that finished 7-11-1 overall and 2-6 in the Big West for ninth place. Four of the team's top six scorers return for the 2009 campaign led by sophomore Stacey Fox (5 goals, 3 assists) and junior Christina Murillo (4 goals, 3 assists).
Overall, Cal State Fullerton returns 19 of its 28 goals scored (68 percent) from a season ago and 52 of the 79 points (66 percent) scored from the 2008 campaign.
Defensively, three of the team's four starters on the back line return led by junior CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection Tamara Dewey (4 goals, 1 assist) as does starting goalkeeper Shannon Simpson, who posted a 1.56 goals against average in 14 starts to go along with 58 saves and a pair of shutouts.
Fullerton opens its 2009 season on Aug. 15 with a match against its alumnae at 5 p.m. and hosts a scrimmage against Pepperdine on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. The Titans' first regular season match will be on Aug. 23 as Fullerton hosts Utah at 1 p.m. at Titan Stadium.