Women's Soccer Season Opens Friday at Bakersfield

Aug. 19, 2010

FULLERTON, CA -

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KICK OFF: The opening whistle to the 2010 regular season will blow this weekend for the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team as the Titans will open on the road at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday (Aug. 20) at 7 p.m. before welcoming in nationally ranked BYU for the team's home opener on the first day of classes on Monday (Aug. 23) at 2 p.m.

"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": There will be no Fullerton-originated broadcast of Friday night's season-opener from Bakersfield, however, Monday's "businessman's special" against BYU will be streamed live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Veteran Cal State Fullerton broadcaster Mike Martinez will have the call live from Titan Stadium. Live streaming video will also be available via the BigWestTV platform. Visit www.BigWest.org/TV for more information.

IN THE POLLS: BYU is ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation according to Soccer America's preseason Top 25 while the Cougars also rank No. 22 in the country according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) preseason poll.

ABOUT THE ROADRUNNERS: Cal State Bakersfield returns 11 starters and 18 letter winners off of last season's squad that finished 6-11-2 overall while welcoming in 10 newcomers for the 2010 season... head coach Nicole Van Dyke is in her fifth season at the helm, posting a 23-46-8 (.351) overall record in her four previous campaigns... junior Kassi Massey and sophomore Sam Pena led the team with three goals apiece last season as the team returns its top five scorers... junior keeper Kymberly Gause is the incumbent in net after finishing 5-8-2 with a 1.44 goals against average and four shutouts.

VERSUS CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: The two teams met for the first time officially last season as the Titans and Roadrunners battled to a scoreless tie on Oct. 1 at Titan Stadium... the only other meeting between the two programs was won by Cal State Bakersfield - a 2-1 victory in an exhibition contest prior to the 2008 season.

ABOUT THE COUGARS: BYU, which faces Long Beach State on Friday (Aug. 20) before taking on the Titans, returns eight starters and 19 letter winners overall off of last year's squad that finished 18-4-2 and won the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 6-0-1 mark... the Cougars advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009, defeating UC Santa Barbara in their opener, 2-0, before falling to eventual national finalist Stanford, 2-0, two days later... head coach Jennifer Rockwood is in her 16th season at the helm, posting a 247-75-21 (.751) over that span... BYU returns four of its top five scorers from a season ago led by sophomore Carlee Payne, who scored 13 goals and assisted on 10 others last season... junior goalkeeper McKinzie Olson returns in net after posting a 0.60 goals against average and 12 shutotus in 24 matches last season.

VERSUS BYU: The Cougars lead the all-time series with the Titans, 3-0, but the two teams haven't met since the 1999 season when BYU posted a 2-1 overtime win... including Monday's match, all four contests in the history of the series will have been played in Fullerton... the Cougars also posted a 3-2 win in 1997 and a 2-1 win in 1996.

CONFERENCE CALL: Cal State Fullerton is a combined 10-17-2 (.379) against current members of the Mountain West Conference: 0-3 vs. BYU, 2-2-1 vs. New Mexico, 4-7 vs. San Diego State, 1-0 vs. TCU, 1-3 vs. UNLV, 1-1-1 vs. Utah, 1-1 vs. Wyoming.

STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH'S MOUTH: With the start of the 2010 season upon us, fourth-year women's soccer head coach Demian Brown sat down for a few minutes in front of the camera with the Cal State Fullerton media relations staff to discuss his thoughts on the Titans and their upcoming campaign. Team photographer Matt Brown shot the interview in sparkling high definition and the complete interview is available via FullertonTitansTV on Vimeo.com. To access the interview, or one of many videos produced by the media relations office, please visit http://vimeo.com/fullertontitans or http://vimeo.com/14194612 to jump directly to the season preview video.

TITANS SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Big West Conference for the 2010 season, receiving 34 points to finish ahead of UC Riverside (15) and UC Davis (13). Defending tournament champion UC Santa Barbara received four first-place votes and 75 points total to top the poll and was followed by regular season champ Cal Poly, which received two first-place votes and 61 points to place second. 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).

1. UC Santa Barbara (4) - 75 2. Cal Poly (2) - 61 3. UC Irvine (2) - 60 4. Pacific (1) - 58 5. Cal State Northridge - 45 6. Long Beach State - 44 7. Cal State Fullerton - 34 8. UC Riverside - 15 9. UC Davis - 13

SOCCER... FOR OPENERS: Fullerton enters the 2010 campaign with a 6-11 mark in season openers, but has not had too much luck in that department as of late, dropping its fourth opener in the last six years with a 3-1 loss to Utah to open 2009... the Titans are opening the season away from home for only the fourth time since 1993, posting a 1-2 record in three previous contests and last posting an opening road win in 2008 with a 1-0 victory at Pepperdine.

TO BE THE BEST...: Cal State Fullerton will be put to the test during the non-conference portion of its schedule as the Titans will face six teams that advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament as well as the Big West Conference automatic qualifier. Both Brigham Young and San Diego State reached the second round of last year's tournament while Purdue, Northern Arizona, Auburn, San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara participated in first-round games.

CATCH `EM WHILE YOU CAN: The Titans will kick-off their 2010 season by contesting four of their first five matches within the friendly confines of Titan Stadium. However, after Fullerton's Under Armour Invitational Tournament over Labor Day weekend, Titan fans will be hard-pressed to see the team as their next six games (and eight of their next nine) will be held away from Titan Stadium prior to an Oct. 3 match up with San Diego. In all, 11 of the team's 20 matches will be on the road in 2010.

MURILLO ON THE MOVE: Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Christina Murillo enters her final season in a Titans' uniform with 11 goals scored - a total that ranks her seventh among active leaders in the Big West Conference and puts her just one score shy of breaking into the school's top 10 list in that category. The 11 goals scored are the most among active Titans entering the year (Stacey Fox is second with eight) as are her 25 career points - which are nine shy of breaking into Fullerton's top 10.

THAT ASSIST WAS A "GEM": Senior midfielder Geminesse Martinez has had her name in a box score a lot during her three previous seasons as her nine career assists rank tied for fifth among active leaders in the Big West and stand just three shy of the school's top 10 list. Her nine assists are six more than the next best active Titan (Stacey Fox and Christina Murillo have three apiece).

HELLO, MY NAME IS...: Cal State Fullerton will face four schools for the first time in the history of the program this season as the Titans will have inaugural meetings with Purdue, UNC-Greensboro, Nebraska, and Creighton in addition to only the second matches in school history against Cal State Bakersfield and Northern Arizona. It will give a chance to the Titans to improve on a recent trend that has seen them post just a 2-3-1 mark against first-time opponents over the last three seasons.

"WE ARE FAM-I-LY": It will be a family affair of sorts on the pitch this season for the Titans, who will list two sets of sisters on their 2010 roster. Junior midfielder/defender Caitlin Mellano will be joined in the middle by her sister, Lauren, while sophomore JeAnne Mazeau will play alongside younger sister, Erica.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS: The 2010 Titans will be well-armed to compete this season, returning 10 starters and 16 players overall off of last season's squad while welcoming in 11 new faces. Offensively, Fullerton returns four of its top five scorers and three goalkeepers who saw minutes in net last season. Despite finishing 6-8-5 overall, the Titans are coming off a fourth-place finish in the Big West, narrowly missing a conference tournament berth on tiebreakers, and finishing the year unbeaten in their last four contests (3-0-1), with all three wins coming against league opponents. NIne of the team's 19 matches were decided by a single goal (including five one-goal losses) and two more ended in scoreless ties as the five draws overall on the year were a school record and the six overtime matches were just one shy of the school mark set in 1993 and 2007 (3).

HEAD COACH Demian Brown: Former Cal State Fullerton standout Demian Brown returns to his alma mater for his fourth season at the helm of the Titans' women's soccer program, continuing to develop the Fullerton side into a national contender. Brown, the 2007 Big West Conference Coach of the Year, sports a 25-27-8 overall record as head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant and helping Cal State Fullerton to three conference tournament crowns, three regular season titles, and back-to-back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2005-07). He has coaches three Titans to Big West Defensive Player of the Year honors (Marlene Sandoval in 2005, Erica Janke in 2006, and Jenae Gibbens in 2007), 18 players to All-Big West first-team laurels, and 13 more names to the all-conference second-team and honorable mention squads.

ALSO ON THE SIDELINES: Returning to the staff for his second season on the Titan Stadium sidelines is Diego Bocanegra, who spent two years prior to his arrival in Orange County as the head coach of the women's program at Cal State San Bernardino where he was 18-13-9 with the Coyotes... Returning for her third season on the bench is former Titan letter winner Lauryn Welch, a three-time All-Big West Conference selection and the MVP of the 2005 Big West Conference Tournament... Assisting with the Titans' goalkeeping corps is volunteer assistant Sam Reynolds, a former standout for the Fullerton men's side who finished his collegiate career with 12 shutouts, 271 saves, and a 1.51 goals against average before moving on to compete with the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division and Toronto FC in the MLS.