Sept. 6, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
The unbeaten Cal State Fullerton women's soccer squad (2-0-1 overall in 2006) continues its eight-match September road swing a little closer to home this week as the No. 19 Titans head south for a single match under the lights against the University of San Diego on Friday (Sept. 8). Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Fullerton clinched a share of the team championship at the California Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., over the weekend after posting a 2-1 win over Saint Mary's and forging a scoreless tie with No. 10 California in the championship match.
Senior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley was named Co-MVP of the tournament after making a combined 18 saves in the two matches - including turning away eight shots to keep the Golden Bears off the scoreboard.
Senior midfielder Lauryn Welch and senior defender Erica Janke were also named to the all-tournament team, while junior Candice Byler and senior Desiree Flint each found the back of the net on the weekend in the Titans' win over the Gaels.
ON THE AIR
CSTV's Gametracker will be available for this week's match at San Diego. Fans can access the links by visiting the women's soccer schedule on FullertonTitans.com.
San Diego leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, but the Titans have won each of the last two meetings in 2004 (1-0) and 2002 (2-1)... The Toreros lead the all-time scoring, 28-13, in the series... The Titans are just 2-3 at USD, last winning in 2002, and have been outscored, 20-7, on the road in the series.
IN THE POLLS
Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 19 in the nation according to the NSCAA (No. 6 in the West) - a drop of four spots in the first regular season poll despite an unbeaten start and battling No. 10 California (which also dropped six spots this week) to a scoreless tie... The Titans moved up one spot to a tie for No. 17 in the Soccer Times poll... The Titans are also ranked No. 12 in the region according to Soccer Buzz... USD is No. 10 in the west according to the NSCAA and is receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz regional poll.
NOTING SAN DIEGO
San Diego is 3-1 overall on the season, including 2-0 against the Big West, posting wins over Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, and Dayton with its only loss coming in a 4-1 defeat to Ohio State over the weekend. Junior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson leads the team in scoring with a pair of goals and assists (6 points) with four of her teammates also finding the back of the net. Junior Karen Cook, who has split equal time in net with sophomore Brittany Cameron, is 2-0 between the pipes with a shutout and a 0.50 GAA.
BARDSLEY ADDS TO AWARD HAUL
Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley added to an already illustrious career this week after being named Big West Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday for only the second time in her career. Later, on Wednesday, Bardsley earned spots on the Soccer America (1st career award) and Soccer Buzz (2nd career award) National Teams of the Week.
FLINT IGNITING TITAN VICTORIES
For the second time in as many matches, Cal State Fullerton senior forward Desiree Flint put another tally in the win column as her 75th-minute strike against Saint Mary's lifted the Titans to a 2-1 victory and her second game-winning goal of the season. Flint, who hadn't scored a goal since her freshman season in 2002 (3 goals), is tied for the team lead in scoring (2 goals, 4 points) and has already doubled her career game-winning goal total.
For the first time in almost two years Cal State Fullerton was on the short end of the shots tally this weekend as the Titans were outshot in back-to-back games against Saint Mary's and California for the first time since 2004. The last such occurrence was on Sept. 17 & 19 of that year at the Stanford Invitational as the host Cardinal (12-5) and nationally-ranked Santa Clara (11-8) accomplished the feat.
For only the second time in the history of the program, Cal State Fullerton battled through two overtimes and played to a scoreless tie on Sunday against California. The Titans and UC Riverside previously accomplished the feat on Oct. 1, 2004 at Titan Stadium.
WCC SCHEDULE STARTS WITH A WIN
Friday's 2-1 victory over Saint Mary's marked the first match this season against members of the West Coast Conference as the Titans will meet four (five if you count the preseason scrimmage against Loyola Marymount) of the league's eight schools before opening their own Big West Conference schedule. In the next three weeks, Fullerton (14-18-3 against the WCC all-time) will also take the pitch against San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.
TITANS PICKED SECOND IN BIG WEST
The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team received two first-place votes (48 points overall) and was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2006 according to a poll of the league's coaches. Long Beach State received three first-place votes and 56 points overall to finish atop the preseason poll for the first time in school history. UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Pacific, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, and UC Irvine round out the poll in that order.
TITANS TO MAKE TV DEBUT
Cal State Fullerton will make its television debut in October as the Titans' clash with rival Long Beach State at Titan Stadium will be shown live on the Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. For more information and local channel listings, visit their website at www.foxsoccer.com.
THE TITANS' OWN "COACH K"
Fullerton is led by sixth-year Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin, who has led the Titans to a 66-32-5 (.665) overall record, five consecutive winning seasons, and three Big West Conference titles in his five years at the helm. Under his tutelage, 39 players have been named to All-Big West Conference teams (including 21 first-team honorees), seven players have earned individual accolades from the conference, 11 players have been named to various All-West Region teams, and the program has seen its first two All-Americans (Karen Bardsley and Marlene Sandoval) and an Olympian (Marlene Sandoval - Mexico, 2004).