Aug. 12, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the race for the Big West Conference title in 2010 according to a vote of the league's coaches released on Thursday afternoon.
The Titans, who finished 6-8-5 overall a season ago with a 4-3-1 mark in conference play, were a tiebreaker away from qualifying for the league tournament, finishing in a tie for fourth place after going unbeaten (3-0-1) in their final four matches.
Fullerton received 34 total points to finish ahead of UC Riverside (15) and UC Davis (13) in the poll. Defending tournament champion UC Santa Barbara, which returns eight starters and 21 letter winners from last season's squad, received four first-place votes and 75 points total to stand atop the poll followed by regular season champion Cal Poly, which received two first-place votes and 61 points.
UC Irvine (two first-place votes, 60 points) was close behind followed by Pacific in fourth (one first-place vote, 58 points), Cal State Northridge in fifth (45 points), and Long Beach State in sixth place (44 points).
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Demian Brown, the Titans return 10 starters and 17 players overall from last season's squad while welcoming 11 new faces to the roster for 2010. Four of the team's top five scorers return as well as the top two netminders from a year ago.
Cal State Fullerton opens its 2010 regular season on the road on Friday (Aug. 20) at 7 p.m. at Cal State Bakersfield before making its home debut on Monday (Aug. 23) at 2 p.m. against BYU at Titan Stadium.