Aug. 27, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: Cal State Fullerton's four-match homestand contines with a single match this weekend as the Titans (0-1 overall) welcome Eastern Washington (0-0) for a non-conference battle at Titan Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Sunday afternoon's contest with Eastern Washington will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com. Veteran Cal State Fullerton broadcaster Mike Martinez will have the live call from Titan Stadium. To access the broadcasts, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the home page and enjoy all the action from the comfort of your home or office.
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IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal State Fullerton nor Eastern Washington are ranked in this week's national polls.
ABOUT THE EAGLES: Eastern Washington returns seven starters and 13 letter winners overall off of last season's squad that finished 7-9-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big Sky Conference for second place... the Eagles will face Cal State Bakersfield in their 2010 season opener on Friday (Aug. 27) before heading to Orange County... head coach George Hageage is in his 11th season at the helm of the Eagles... senior forward Brittany Sparks led the team with 11 goals a season ago as EWU returns five of the nine players who found the back of the net a season ago... senior Lisa Dimak is the incumbent in net after posting a 1.52 goals against average, four shutouts, and 62 saves in 16 matches last season.
VERSUS EASTERN WASHINGTON: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with the Eagles by a 2-0 count, with both matches played in Fullerton. The Titans downed EWU by a 6-1 count in 1999 and a 3-1 score in 2002.
CONFERENCE CALL: Cal State Fullerton is 5-5-1 all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, facing only two of the league's nine members more than once: 2-0 vs. Eastern Washington, 0-1-1 vs. Idaho State, 1-1 vs. Montana, 0-1 vs. Northern Arizona, 1-0 vs. Northern Colorado, 0-1 vs. Portland State, 1-0 vs Sacramento State, and 0-1 vs. Weber State.
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.
LIGHTS OUT: Cal State Fullerton's true season opener against Cal State Bakersfield on Aug. 20 has been suspended with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half after a campus power failure knocked out the lights at the CSUB Main Soccer Field. There has been no make-up date scheduled as of yet.
INTO THE FIRE: A talented class of 11 newcomers has been thrown immediately into the fire to kick off the 2010 season as three of the players (Jaclyn Clark, Kellie Bohner, and Kaitlyn Mendoza) have earned starts and four others (Erica Mazeau, Nikki McCants, Lauren Mellano, Janali West, and Summer Chavez) have come in to play significant minutes off the bench. In addition, redshirt freshman Kishi Smith has started both of the Titans' contests thus far in 2010 after sitting out all of her true freshman year.
ROOKIES ON THE BOARD FIRST: Freshmen Kaitlyn Mendoza and Nikki McCants accounted for the first two shots of the 2010 season on Monday against No. 14 BYU. Unfortunately, those were the only two shots the Titans had against the Cougars - tying the school mark for the fewest shots in a match and the fewest for Fullerton since being held to just two shots at Santa Clara on Sept 25, 2009.
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).
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 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.