Return Trip to San Diego, Lone Star State Battles Up Next

Return Trip to San Diego, Lone Star State Battles Up Next

Sept. 12, 2006


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Tuesday, Sept. 12 - at San Diego State, 7 p.m.
San Diego, Calif. (Gametracker Available)

Friday, Sept. 15 - at Texas A&M, 5 p.m. PDT
College Station, Texas (Gametracker Available)

Sunday, Sept. 17 - at Texas, 11 a.m. PDT
Austin, Texas (Live Stats Available)

After being handed its first loss of the 2006 season the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (2-1-1 overall) returns with a busy week on the pitch. The Titans will look for a measure of revenge in "America's Finest City" as they return to San Diego to take on San Diego State in a mid-week match-up on Tuesday (Sept. 12) at 7 p.m.

Fullerton then heads to the Lone Star State for only the third time in the history of the program to take on Texas A&M (Sept. 15) and Texas (Sept. 17) for the first time. Kickoffs are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, respectively.

Live stats will be available for all three of Cal State Fullerton's matches this week. Please visit the women's soccer schedule page at to access the links.

San Diego State leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton by a 7-2 count, including last season's 2-0 victory at Titan Stadium in the season opener... Fullerton last posted a win in the series back in 2002 - a 2-0 victory in Fullerton... The Titans are just 1-3 against the Aztecs on the road, losing in their last two trips in 1997 (4-0) and 2001 (3-2 in OT)... This weekend will mark the first-ever meetings against Texas A&M and Texas.

Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 25 according to Soccer Times and is receiving votes by the NSCAA... San Diego State is unranked... Texas A&M is No. 7 in both the Soccer Buzz and Soccer America polls, No. 5 by the NSCAA and No. 6 by Soccer Times... Texas is No. 14 according to Soccer America, No. 21 according to Soccer Times, and No. 23 according to the NSCAA

The Aztecs are 3-3 overall this season... Fullerton will be the fourth Big West opponent for SDSU this season as the Aztecs has gone 1-2 in their three previous matches... Erika Sutton leads the team with three goals and two assists, while Jen Mello, who had the game-winner against the Titans last year, has scored three times to go with an assist... Cat Burson sports a 0.83 GAA with two shutouts and 26 saves.

The Aggies are 3-2-1 overall and are coming off a pair of losses to top 5 squads in UCLA (2-1) and Santa Clara (2-0) at the UCLA Women's Cup... Texas A&M is winless in its last three after a 1-1 tie against No. 2 Penn State... the Aggies have outscored the opposition 13-5 led by Madison Klovstad's 3 goals... Ashlee Pistorious and Laura Grace Robinson add a pair of goals and assists apiece... goalkeeper Kristin Arnold sports a 0.84 GAA and 26 saves to go with a pair of shutouts... five of the Aggies' six opponents this season have been ranked in the top 15 at the time of the match.

The Longhorns are 3-2 overall after a 1-0 loss to Rice on Sunday in Houston... the loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Texas that featured wins over New Mexico, Illinois, and No. 3 Penn State... the defense has been sollid, allowing only four goals on the year and 11 shots per game... Dianna Pfenninger has a 0.77 GAA in net with 16 saves... the offense, which has scored only five goals, is led by Kelsey Carpenter's two goals.

Cal State Fullerton will be making only its third-ever trip to the Lone Star State this weekend for its first-ever meetings with the Aggies and Longhorns. The Titans are 4-2 against Texas teams, going 2-2 against former conference for North Texas and 1-0 against both TCU and Texas-El Paso. Fullerton is 1-1 all-time in the state of Texas, last making a trip there in 1998 (a 2-1 overtime loss to North Texas).

The Titans should be feeling a little worn out after their second-consecutive double-overtime contest against San Diego last Friday. The last time Fullerton was pushed to double overtime in back-to-back matches was in 2003 as the Titans posted ties against nationally-ranked Santa Clara and Cal Poly on Oct. 10 & 12.

Each of the Titans' last four losses, and 11 of their last 13, have come by a single goal dating back to 2004.

Already the holder of four Cal State Fullerton career records, senior netminder Karen Bardsley is inching closer to yet another mark. Her seven saves on Friday against San Diego gave her 210 for her career - just 24 saves back of Laura Janke's (2000-03) career mark of 234.

Junior Brianna Buffington tallied her first career goal as a Titan in Friday's loss to San Diego, becoming the fifth different Titan to find the back of the net this season.

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.

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

Fullerton is led by sixth-year Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin, who has led the Titans to a 66-33-5 (.659) 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).


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