Mountain West Conference foes New Mexico, Utah on Deck for Titans

Mountain West Conference foes New Mexico, Utah on Deck for Titans

Sept. 14, 2005


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After watching its four-match winning streak pushed aside by nationally-ranked Santa Clara on Sunday, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (4-2 overall, 0-0 in the Big West Conference) looks to get back on track this weekend with a pair of matches at the 2005 Four Points University Plaza Arizona Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Titans will take on a pair of Mountain West Conference foes in New Mexico on Friday (Sept.16) at 5 p.m. and Utah on Sunday (Sept. 18) at 11 a.m. at Arizona's Murphey Stadium.

Despite Sunday's loss to Santa Clara, Cal State Fullerton jumped up two spots in the Soccer Buzz West Region rankings to No. 13 and remained tied for 10th in the region according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Utah is ranked nationally by both Soccer Buzz (No. 18) and the NSCAA (No. 25) while also ranking in the top 10 in the region in both polls, while host Arizona is ranked No. 22 (tied for No. 7 in the region) by the NSCAA and No. 27 (No. 8 in the region) by Soccer Buzz. New Mexico is unranked.

For the first time in the history of the program, all of Cal State Fullerton's women's soccer home matches will be broadcast live over the Internet at Students Mike Martinez and Brian Reed will provide the commentary.

New Mexico ( enters the weekend with a 2-1-2 overall mark, riding an three-match unbeaten streak after wins over Eastern Washington and Syracuse and a scoreless tie with Auburn. Kristine Sweat leads the team offensively with a pair of goals while Kaela Kelly has a goal and a pair of assists. Starting keeper Kristen Winters has allowed only one goal in 486 minutes posting three shutouts and 13 saves.

New Mexico leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton 2-1, but the Titans got the best of the Lobos in their last meeting, a 2-0 win at the UCI Nike/Holiday Inn Invitational in 2003.

Utah ( enters the weekend undefeated at 6-0, winning its last four consecutive matches at home to extend its school-record start to the season. The Utes will meet host Arizona on Friday before meeting the Titans. Utah is led offensively by freshman Adele Letro, who has scored three times and assisted on two other goals. The Utes are outscoring their opposition, 14-2, and outshooting them, 112-42.

Utah will be the fourth first-time opponent for the Titans in 2005 as Sunday will mark the first meeting between the two schools in women's soccer.

If the Titans should get past New Mexico in Friday's tournament opener, prospects for another tournament title are bright as they meet Utah for the first time in the history of the women's soccer program. Why do we say that? The Titans are 3-0 this season against teams they are playing for the first time after victories over Auburn, South Carolina, and Gonzaga.

In each of the Titans' last seven losses, Cal State Fullerton has failed to net a single goal, outscored by a 9-0 margin in that span despite holding an 89-74 advantage in shots and outshooting the opposition in five of those seven contests.

Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Lisa Kosena returns to her old stomping grounds this weekend at the University of Arizona where she spent her first two collegiate seasons as a member of the Wildcats. Kosena appeared in 37 matches for Arizona during her freshman and sophomore years, scoring five career goals and assisting on six others. Her best season in a Wildcat uniform came as a freshman when she scored four times and had four assists to finish second on the team in scoring with 12 points.

Cal State Fullerton will jump conferences once again this weekend, returning to the pitch to face its Mountain West Conference bretheren in Tucson. The Titans, who are 0-1 this season against the Mountain West Conference after a 2-0 loss to San Diego State in the season opener, have struggled against current Mountain West members, posting only five wins against 15 losses since 1993.

After watching South Carolina snap its streak of 16 consecutive matches with an advantage (or tie) in the shot column, Cal State Fullerton went back to work this past weekend, outshooting Gonzaga and Santa Clara by a 28-12 margin. The Titans have now outshot the opposition, 93-44, this season, including a season-high 23 shots in a 5-1 win over San Jose State, and rank third in the Big West Conference behind Pacific (103) and Cal State Northridge (97).

Cal State Fullerton has continued to put the pressure on opposing defenses this season, forcing a Big West Conference-best 44 corner kicks. The Titans have out-cornered opponents by a 44-19 margin, including 11 corner kicks in victories against San Jose State and Gonzaga.


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