Winners of Three Straight, No. 19 Titans Take on Hawaii, UC Riverside
Sept. 28, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Another week, another win for the No. 19 Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (7-2 overall, 0-0 in the Big West Conference), which looks to keep rolling this weekend with a pair of matches, including the 2005 Big West Conference opener. The Titans return home after a seven-match road swing to host Hawaii on Thursday night (Sept. 29) at 7 p.m. at Titan Stadium. Fullerton will then turn around and load up the bus once again, heading east to Riverside to take on the Highlanders in the league opener for both squads on Sunday (Oct. 2) at 1 p.m. at the UCR Soccer Stadium.
TITANS CONTINUE CLIMBING THE NATIONAL RANKINGS:
Cal State Fullerton's meteoric rise up the national rankings continued this week as the Titans jumped up numerous spots in all four national polls. The biggest jump came courtesy of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which moved the Titans up six spots to No. 19 overall in the nation and No. 7 in the West Region (up from No. 9).
Another big jump came from Soccer Buzz, which moved Fullerton up four spots to No. 25 in the nation overall and No. 9 in the West Region (up from No. 11). Soccer America moved the Titans up two spots to No. 23.
Fullerton also made its debut in the Soccer Times top 25, moving into this week's rankings tied at No. 22 with Arizona after receiving votes the previous week.
MORE RANKINGS NEWS:
The No. 19 ranking by the NSCAA marks the highest that a Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team has ever been ranked in any poll, surpassing the No. 23 ranking bestowed upon the Titans by Soccer Buzz on Oct. 14, 2002.
ON THE AIR... SORT OF:
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 www.FullertonTitans.com. Students Mike Martinez and Brian Reed will provide the commentary.
Hawaii (www.hawaiiathletics.com) enters the weekend with a 3-4-2 overall record and is coming off a tie with Butler and a win over Robert Morris. Natasha Kai is leading the team in scoring with five goals and two assists (12 points) while Adria Campbell has scored twice and assisted on four others. Goalkeeper Kori Lu has a 1.30 GAA and 38 saves with a pair of shutouts in net for the Rainbow Wahine.
FOR THE RECORD:
The Titans lead the all-time series with the Rainbow Wahine, 3-1, with all four meetings coming at Titan Stadium. Fullerton has won three straight in the series, outscoring Hawaii, 7-2.
UC RIVERSIDE BRIEFLY:
UC Riverside (athletics.ucr.edu) enters the weekend with a 5-3-1 overall record, but has dropped two of its last three. The Highlanders will meet North Dakota State on Friday before hosting the Titans on Sunday. Renee Scachetti leads UCR in scoring with seven goals and three assists (17 points) while three other players have multiple goals. Goalkeeper Tawny Poggio has a 1.01 GAA and 44 saves.
FOR THE RECORD:
UC Riverside leads the all-time series, 2-1-1, as UCR is unbeaten in the last three meetings vs. Fullerton. Last season, the Titans and UCR fought to a scoreless tie at Titan Stadium.
A LOOK BACK:
Another week, another victory for the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team as the Titans won their third-straight match with a 2-0 road victory over Loyola Marymount on Sunday (Sept. 25). Senior forwards Kandace Wilson and Rebekah Patrick each scored second-half strikes to power the offense, including Wilson's eventual game-winner in the 66th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Shayla Sabin won her second start of the year and earned her first shutout in 2005 against the Lions, saving four of LMU's seven shots on the afternoon.
THE BIG WEST... FOR OPENERS:
Cal State Fullerton is a combined 5-3-1 all-time in Big West Conference openers dating back to 1996, but has opened league play against UC Riverside only once - a 0-0 tie last season at Titan Stadium. The Titans are 3-2 in conference openers on the road, having their three-match winning streak snapped in 2003 with a 3-0 loss at UC Santa Barbara. This season will mark the third time in the last four years that Cal State Fullerton has opened the conference schedule away from home.
NEXT UP... SWITZERLAND:
With its four neutral site victories this season, the Titans set a school record for most neutral site wins in a single season, eradicating the previous record of two set in 2002 and 2003.
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD... TRIP:
"Home is where the heart is," but the road has been where the wins are for the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team, which just wrapped up a school-record seven-match road swing with Sunday's win over LMU, during which the Titans posted a 6-1 record. The longest "working vacation" to that point for the Titans had been six matches in 2004 (1-5 in that stretch).