Sept. 20, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton's eight-match, month-long road trip finally comes to an end this weekend as the No. 14 Titans (4-2-1 overall) head north to the Bay Area to take on a pair of West Coast Conference foes. Fullerton battles San Francisco under the lights on Friday night (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m. before heading to No. 5 Santa Clara for a 1 p.m. kick-off on Sunday (Sept. 24).
ON THE AIR
Live stats will be available for both of Cal State Fullerton's matches this week. Please visit the women's soccer schedule page at www.FullertonTitans.com to access the links.
Cal State Fullerton returned to the top 25 in a pair of national polls this week, entering the Soccer America poll at No. 17 and jumping up to No. 14 in the nation in the NSCAA coaches poll after receiving votes last week... the Titans also moved up four spots to No. 21 in the Soccer Times poll... unranked nationally, Fullerton is ranked No. 12 in the west region according to Soccer Buzz... San Francisco is unranked... Santa Clara is ranked as high as No. 5 by both the NSCAA and Soccer Times, No. 6 by Soccer America, and No. 7 by Soccer Buzz.
Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with San Francisco, 2-1, but the Dons won the last meeting, 2-1, in 2004 at the UC Irvine Nike/Holiday Inn Invitational... The Titans lead the all-time scoring, 10-5, in the series... Fullerton's last win came in 2001, a 7-2 romp over USF at Titan Stadium... Santa Clara is unbeaten in three meetings with Fullerton (2-0-1), including a 1-0 victory in Northern California last season... the lone blemish on the record came in 2003 as the Titans and Broncos played to a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Titan Stadium.
SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons enter the weekend with a 3-4-1 overall record and is coming off a win and a tie over Cornell and Hawaii in Honolulu to earn a share of the team title at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout... USF, which opened 0-3 and was outscored 8-0 to start the season, is led offensively by junior Fiona O'Sullivan, who has scored five of the Dons' nine goals this season and leads the team with 10 points... Chelsea Hunt has also scored twice and assisted on two others to rank second on the team in scoring... Goalkeeper Kelly Pohle has seen the majority of action in net, amassing a 1.33 GAA and 35 saves in six starts.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA
The Broncos are 6-2 overall and has faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season... each of Santa Clara's last five opponents (and six overall this season) have been ranked in the top 25 as the Broncos have gone 3-2 in those matches... things don't get anyw easier this weekend as No. 3 UCLA and No. 14 Cal State Fullerton visit Buck Shaw Stadium this weekend to extend the ranked-teams streak to seven consecutive matches... Santa Clara is led offensively by junior Meagan Snell's five goals and 10 points on the year... Sophomore Meagan McCray has been stellar in net with a 0.65 GAA and four shutouts to go with 28 saves.
WELCH DECORATES THE MANTLE
Lauryn Welch earned her first career Big West Player of the Week award on Monday (Sept. 18), joining Karen Bardsley (Sept. 5) as Fullerton honorees this season, and also made appearances on the Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week. It was the second career appearance for Welch on Soccer America's list and the first on the Top Drawer team.
TITANS NEED A SHOT IN THE ARM
Cal State Fullerton, which was outshot only twice in all of last season, has been shutout in each of its last six matches and are trailing in the shot column, 103-77, this season. The three shots taken at California on Sept. 3 are tied for the seventh fewest in a single match in school history.
BARDSLEY INCHES CLOSER
Already the holder of four Cal State Fullerton career records, senior netminder Karen Bardsley is inching closer to yet another mark. Her 18 saves this past weekend in Texas gave her 231 for her career - just three saves back of Laura Janke's (2000-03) career mark of 234.
WELCH'S CAREER CHASE
With her four goals and two assists this season, senior midfielder Lauryn Welch has made her way onto a trio of Fullerton career record lists. Her 16 career goals has her in seventh all-time (one behind Tennli Ulicny for sixth), her 12 assists are tied for ninth with Kandace Wilson (2002-05), and her 44 career points are eighth-most all-time (two back of Kelly Bogan for seventh).
Each of the Titans' last five losses, and 12 of their last 14, have come by a single goal dating back to 2004.
MUNOZ NETS NUMBER ONE
After missing all of last season due to injury, redshirt sophomore Leslie Munoz finally got into the scoring column on Sunday at No. 23 Texas, netting her first career goal in the Titans' 3-2 loss to the Longhorns. Munoz was one of the team's top playmakers in her 2004 rookie season, assisting on four of Fullerton's goals - including a pair against Fresno State - with three of those assists coming on game-winning goals.
In Sunday's match against the University of Texas, junior Lauren Cram was belatedly credited with an assist on Lauryn Welch's goal in the 34th minute. It was Cram's second assist of the season.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
Leslie Munoz's goal on Sunday at Texas gave the Titans eight different goal scorers this season - closing in on last year's school-record tying 12 different goal scorers.
A strong Fullerton counterattack has led to a spade of unassisted goals this season as six of the Titans' 14 goals this season have been of the unassisted variety.
TITANS PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN BIG WEST TITLE RACE
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 NATIONAL 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.