Sept. 26, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - After opening the Big West Conference portion of its schedule with a victory, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (4-3-1 overall, 1-0 in the Big West) continues a five-match roadtrip this weekend with a pair of non-conference matches up north against former Big West schools.
The Titans and Spartans will meet on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. on Spartan Field in a change of venue due to SJSU's football home opener on Saturday. Fullerton will then head to the Central Valley to take on the Bulldogs in a Sunday afternoon match at 2 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Both of this weekend's road matches may be available via CSTV's Gametracker barring technical difficulties. If available, links will be posted on Cal State Fullerton's athletics page and the women's soccer schedule at www.FullertonTitans.com.
IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton and its two opponents this week are unranked nationally. However, the Titans are receiving votes in the West Region entering this week according to Soccer Buzz.
SERIES RECORDS: The series with San Jose State is tied at 1-1, but the two teams have not met on the pitch since the 2005 season as the Titans rolled to a 5-1 victory at Titan Stadium... The Spartans' victory in the series came in 1999, a 2-1 win at the UCI Nike Holiday Inn Invitational... The Titans and Bulldogs are knotted at three wins apiece in their series which continues after a win by Fullerton in 2004 by the score of 3-1 at home to snap a three-match losing streak in the series... Fresno State's last win in the series came in 2002, a 2-1 win in Fullerton... The Titans are 1-1 on the road against the Bulldogs.
ABOUT THE SPARTANS: San Jose State is 1-5-2 overall on the year, gaining its first win of the year last weekend with a 2-0 shutout of Northern Iowa at the Idaho State Tournament in Pocatello... the win comes on the heels of three straight one-goal losses and a scoreless tie... Jackie Zabek, Kristen Krale, and Jessica Scott have each scored two goals on the year and have accounted for six of the team's eight goals scored... Goalkeepers Nina Butera and Marissa Dayton have split time in net with Butera's 0.80 goals against average and 27 saves leading the way.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Fresno State enters the weekend with a 3-4 overall record and will meet Texas-El Paso on Friday night before facing the Titans... The Bulldogs are currently mired in a two-match losing streak, falling to UC Riverside (5-1) and Loyola Marymount (2-0) last week... all three of FSU's victories have come via the shutout in wins over UC Irvine, Northern Colorado, and Wyoming... Four different `Dogs have scored two goals with the trio of Nicole Gutierrez, Ali Sill, and Amanda Reyes leading the team with six points apiece... Goalkeeper Kaity Revel has seen the majority of time in net, posting a 0.88 goals against average and 23 saves.
CRAM SESSION: After scoring just one goal since her freshman year, senior forward Lauren Cram has flipped the switch on her offensive talents in her final season with the Titans. Cram has scored in each of Fullerton's last three matches (2-1 record) and has accounted for four of the team's last five goals (including three straight) dating back to the Titans' match against Oklahoma on Sept. 16.
NOW THAT'S EFFICIENT: Of Lauren Cram's 10 shots this season, seven have been on frame with four of those finding the back of the net. The senior ranks tied for fifth in the Big West in points (9), tied for seventh in points per game (1.12), tied for third in goals, and tied for fifth in goals per game (0.50).
SABIN RETURNS TO NET: Junior goalkeeper Shayla Sabin made her return to the Titan nets this past weekend for the first time since being red-carded against top-ranked Portland on Sept. 7. She did not disappoint in her first match back, making five saves in logging her first shutout of the year in the 2-0 win over the Aggies.
REMATCH REMORSE: Cal State Fullerton's overtime loss last week to Loyola Marymount marked the second time this season that the Titans have lost in a rematch against a team they previously defeated in the NCAA Tournament. The Titans also dropped a 2-0 decision to UNLV to open the 2007 season on August 31.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: Senior Brianna Buffington became the fourth different Titan to notch a game-winning goal this season in Fullerton's 2-0 win over UC Davis, joining teammates Lauren Cram, Stacey Thompson, and Kristen Boujos.
QUICKLY: Fans had little time to settle in against LMU last week as Lauren Cram's goal just 51 seconds into the match gave the Titans the early lead. It was the third fastest goal scored and the third scored in less than a minute in the history of the program. Jenny Mescher holds the school record at 28 seconds, netting Fullerton's first score against Southern Utah on Sept. 23, 2001, in an 8-0 win.
STAY ON TARGET: The Titans continue to apply pressure on opposing defenses this season, having put better than half of their shots on frame in 2007. Fullerton, which has been outshot in only three of its eight matches this season, has had the advantage in shots on goal in all but two contests this year including a season high 11 against Idaho State an an 8-0 margin in that category against Oklahoma.