Oct. 3, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Winners of its last three consecutive matches, the Cal State Fullerton women¹s soccer team (6-3-1 overall, 1-0 in the Big West Conference) returns to conference play this weekend to close out a five-match road swing.
The Titans head to UC Santa Barbara for a Friday night (Oct. 5) kickoff at 7 p.m. before heading to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 7) at 1 p.m.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Friday night's match at UC Santa Barbara will be available on Gametracker, but no coverage will be available for Sunday's match at Cal Poly. Check www.FullertonTitans.com for game recaps and box scores, which will be posted as soon as possible following the match.
IN THE POLLS: After receiving votes in last week's West Region poll, the Titans jumped back in to the top 15 at No. 13 this week according to Soccer Buzz... Fullerton is also receiving votes in this week's NSCAA West Region poll.
SERIES RECORDS: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UCSB by a 9-5-1 count, splitting a pair of meetings last season... the Gauchos handed the Titans a 4-1 loss at Titan Stadium, but Fullerton got its revenge, defeating UCSB by a 2-1 count in the Big West Tournament semifinals... Cal Poly leads the all-time series with Fullerton, 8-5-3, but the Titans are unbeaten in their last three outings against the Mustangs, posting a 2-1 win and battling to a scoreless tie last season and shutting out Cal Poly, 2-0, during the 2005 regular season.
ABOUT THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara enters the weekend with a 3-5-2 overall record, having lost its last two matches against No. 18 Washington State (3-0) and Gonzaga (1-0) on the road last weekend... UCSB has gone to overtime four times in 10 matches, posting a 1-1-2 record in those games... Six of their 10 matches have been decided by one goal... Romy Barber paces the Gauchos' offense this season with three of the team's nine goals... Goalkeeper Katie Wright has seen the majority of the action in net, sporting a 1.14 goals against average, three shutouts, and 36 saves in nine appearances.
ABOUT THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the weekend with a 1-7-1 overall record, going winless in each of its last five matches since defeating Providence for its first win of the season on Sept. 9... The Mustangs are currently mired in a school-record scoring drought, failing to score in each of its last five matches while surrendering eight goals... Despite outshooting their opponents (119-112), the Mustangs have been outscored 14-4 this season with four different players accounting four the goals and three more notching assists... Goalkeeper Alli Tramel has posted a 1.61 goals against average and a pair of shutouts in net while making 42 saves on the year.
WINNING WAYS: The Titans have won three straight matches for the second time this season, outscoring the opposition by a 6-2 count in that span with two shutouts. Overall, Fullerton has won six of its last seven matches, outscoring the opposition, 14-6, in that stretch.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: Freshman Christina Murillo became the fifth different Titan to notch a game-winning goal this season in Fullerton's 1-0 win over San Jose State, joining teammates Lauren Cram, Stacey Thompson, Kristen Boujos, and Brianna Buffington.
DO I GET PAID TIME AND A HALF?: Last weekend's match against San Jose State marked the fourth time in 10 matches that Cal State Fullerton has worked overtime this season and the third time the Titans have played into a second OT period. Fullerton is 2-1-1 in overtime this season and stand tied with UCSB for the most overtime matches played by a Big West member.
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Senior Stacey Thompson was just that this past weekend up north as she was one of two Titans with a pair of assists during the road trip. More important, she played a key role with those assists as each of them came on the eventual game-winning goals for Fullerton against the Spartans and Bulldogs.
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME (PART 2): Not to be outdone, senior Candice Byler also finished with a pair of assists, playing a big role in the Titans' win over Fresno State. Her first assist of the year came in the 40th minute on Christina Murillo's game-tying goal with her second "helper" leading to Lauren Cram's eventual game-winner in the 79th minute.
CENTRAL COAST SUCCESS: Cal State Fullerton has enjoyed recent success on its road trips to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, posting wins in Santa Barbara in four of its last five trips there while heading into San Luis Obispo unbeaten (2-0-1) in its last three contests at Spanos Stadium.
HOME SWEET ROAD: The Titans have won their last four consecutive true road games dating back to a 2-0 loss at UNLV to start the season, outscoring the opposition by a 9-3 count and outshooting their opponents, 76-60. Four different players have scored a pair of goals for Fullerton during the winning streak, helping the Titans to the most wins away from home in the conference this season.
TITANS AMONG BIG WEST'S BEST: Leading scorer Lauren Cram is among the league's top scorers in 2007, ranking tied for fourth in points (11), sixth in points per game (1.10), tied for first in goals (5), and tied for third in goals per game (0.50). Among other leaders, senior Kristen Boujos is ninth in shots per game (2.25), Nicole Scheid and Stacey Thompson rank tied for fifth in assists (3) and assists per game (.030) while four other Titans rank tied for ninth with two assists each. In goal, Shayla Sabin is fourth in goals against average (1.09) and save percentage (.788), eighth in saves (26), fourth in saves per game (4.33) and tied for fifth with two shutouts.
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Or shots, if you please. Cal State Fullerton set a season-high with 27 shots against San Jose State and followed that up with 22 more in its victory over Fresno State two days later. The 49 combined shots on the weekend were more than the Titans' previous four matches combined (42 shots) and marked the second and third times they have had more than 20 shots in a match this season (23 vs. Idaho State).
NOT ANOTHER REMATCH: Cal State Fullerton will try and break out of a rematch slump this weekend as the Titans take on UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly ¬the two teams they beat en route to their second consecutive Big West Conference Tournament title in 2006. Fullerton is 0-2 thus far in "rematch" games against tournament opponents after falling to 2005 NCAA Tournament opponent UNLV (2-0) in its season opener on Aug. 31 and 2006 NCAA first-round opponent LMU (2-1 in overtime) on Sept. 20 at Titan Stadium.
CRAM SESSION: After taking a match off, senior Lauren Cram got back into the scoring swing on Sunday against Fresno State, notching her team-high fifth goal ¬ and second game-winner of the year. Cram, who had scored only one goal in her previous three seasons, has scored in four of Fulleton's last five matches and has accounted for five of the team's last nine goals.
QUICKLY: Fans had little time to settle in against LMU on Sept. 20 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 just under half of their shots on frame in 2007. Fullerton, which has been outshot in only three of its 10 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 and an 8-0 margin in that category against Oklahoma.
DIFFICULT TO DEFEND: Fullerton has developed into a multi-dimensional offense, giving opposing defenses fits about who to focus on. Four different players have accounted for the team's last six goals while 10 different players have tallied either a goal or an assist in 2007.