Sept. 17, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - After winning its first four matches to open the season, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (4-3 overall) will look to snap a three-match losing streak this weekend with a pair of matches on tap. The Titans will hope some home-cooking will cure what ails them as they host Southern Methodist at Titan Stadium on Friday night (Sept. 19) at 7 p.m. Fullerton then hits the road to take on Utah on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 21) at 12 p.m. in Salt Lake City, UT.
IN THE POLLS: With its two losses last weekend in North Carolina, Cal State Fullerton has fallen out of the top 25 in all four major polls... the Titans are still receiving votes in both the NSCAA (15 votes) and Soccer Times (8) polls... Neither SMU nor Utah are ranked nationally this week.
CATCH IT "LIVE": Can't make the trip to Titan Stadium this weekend? If you're near your computer, fans can log on to www.FullertonTitans.com and catch the live play-by-play from veteran Titan soccer broadcaster Michael Martinez, who will have the call of Friday night's match against SMU. Live streaming video will be unavailable this weekend due to a conflict with Fullerton's women's volleyball match against San Francisco.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: Southern Methodist enters the weekend with a 1-4-1 overall record, losing three straight since a 5-1 win over Prairie View A&M on Sept. 5... SMU also has a tie against Ole Miss (2-2) back on Aug. 29... The Mustangs are 0-2 on the road this season... Caitlin Carter leads the team in scoring with three goals and six points while four other players have found the back of the net... Three different keepers have seen time in net this season with Ashley Gunter seeing the majority of action... Gunter has a 2.49 goals against average and 31 saves in five matches this season, but is 0-4-1 in net.
VERSUS SOUTHERN METHODIST: Friday night's meeting with the Mustangs will be the first in the history of the two programs.
SCOUTING THE UTES: Utah enters the weekend with a 2-5-1 overall record and will face Long Beach State on Friday before welcoming the Titans to Ute Field... The Utes are coming off a weekend that saw them shut out in-state rival Utah State (2-0) at home and battle to a scoreless draw with Loyola Marymount on the road... Kelly Isleib leads Utah in scoring with four goals and eight points while four other players have also found the back of the net... Emalee Rogers has played all 765:55 minutes in the Utes eight matches this season, amassing a 1.53 goals against average, 31 saves, and a pair of shutouts.
VERSUS UTAH: Cal State Fullerton is 1-0 all-time against the Utes, but Sunday will mark the first meeting between the two in the "Beehive State"... The Titans posted a 4-0 win over then No. 25-ranked Utah on Sept. 18, 2005, at the Four Points Arizona Classic in Tucson.
AGAINST THE CONFERENCES: Friday's meeting with Southern Methodist will be only the second for Cal State Fullerton against a current member of Conference USA... The Titans defeated UTEP, 8-1, on Sept. 8, 1996, in Fullerton... Cal State Fullerton is a little more familiar with Mountain West Conference opponents, posting a 9-16 record against seven of the nine league members... The Titans will also meet Mountain West member San Diego State on Sept. 26.