Oct. 5, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
After a slow start to the Big West Conference season, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (8-3 overall, 0-1 in the Big West) looks to get back on track in the race for the league crown this weekend with a pair of home matches against first-place Cal State Northridge and Pacific at Titan Stadium. The Titans and Matadors meet on Friday night (Oct. 7) at 7 p.m., before Fullerton plays host to the Tigers in a Sunday afternoon (Oct. 9) affair at 1 p.m.
TITANS CLING TO VOTES IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT:
After Cal State Fullerton's meteoric rise in the national polls last week, Sunday's setback to UC Riverside has the Titans hanging on to votes in this week's rankings. Fullerton is receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz, Soccer Times, and National Soccer Coaches Association polls while the Titans fell completely out of the top 25 in this week's Soccer America poll. Regionally, the Titans rank in the top 10 in both the NSCAA (t9th) and Soccer Times (9th) polls while Fullerton fell to No. 12 in the Soccer Buzz West Region rankings.
MORE RANKINGS NEWS:
Last weekend's 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.
A LOOK BACK:
The nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team experienced both the highs and lows of athletic competition this past week, splitting their two matches against Hawaii and UC Riverside.
Fullerton extended its win streak to four with a 3-0 shutout win over the Rainbow Wahine in its first home game in a month, getting goals from Lisa Kosena, Rebekah Patrick, and Lauryn Welch, while junior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley became the winningest keeper in the program's history, notching her 25th career win.
However, Sunday's Big West Conference opener went south for the Titans as the Highlanders got an own goal in the 38th minute and held off the Fullerton offense for the win. The Titans outshot the Highlanders, 16-5, in the match, but could not find the back of the net.
THE MATADORS BRIEFLY:
Cal State Northridge (www.gomatadors.com) enters the weekend with a 10-1 overall record and a perfect 2-0 mark in Big West play. The Matadors are looking to extend a pair of school-record winning streaks of nine straight overall and seven straight on the road. Defending Big West Player of the Week Kristy Krohn leads the team with eight goals and an assist while Brianna Monka has 17 points thanks to six goals and five assists. Goalkeeper April Cline has started 10 matches, with a 0.61 goals against and three solo shutouts.
FOR THE RECORD:
The Titans are 7-1 against the Matadors all time, winning the last four straight. The last three meetings have been decided by one goal, including a 3-2 OT win last season in Northridge.
THE TIGERS BRIEFLY:
Pacific (www.pacifictigers.com) enters the weekend with a 7-4-1 overall mark and sits in a sixth-place tie with the Titans in the Big West with an 0-1 mark. The Tigers are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Long Beach State and a 1-0 win over Sacramento State. Mandi Van Dorn leads the team with four goals and three assists (11 points) while Carla Vellutini (3) and Jennifer Smiley (2) are also multiple goal scorers. Goalkeeper Jaime Souza enters the weekend with a 0.95 goals against average and 39 saves.
FOR THE RECORD:
The Titans are 7-4 all time against Pacific, winning the last four by an 8-3 margin. Fullerton is 4-1 at home against the Tigers, winning the last three meetings at Titan Stadium.
FRUSTRATIONS IN RIVERSIDE:
Sunday's 1-0 setback to UC Riverside continued a difficult string of matches for the Titans in the Inland Empire. Fullerton has not defeated the Highlanders in each of the last four years (0-3-1), having been shutout in all four matches by a combined score of 4-0, including a scoreless tie last season.
GOOSE EGGS FOR THE GOOD GUYS:
In each of the Titans' last eight losses, Fullerton has failed to score a goal, outscored by a combined margin of 10-0 in those matches with six of those defeats of the 1-0 variety. All of this despite holding an 105-79 advantage in shots and outshooting the opposition in six of those eight contests.
TITANS SCORE EARLY FOR ONCE:
Lisa Kosena's 17th minute goal on Thursday against Hawaii did more than get the Titans off to a good start against the Rainbow Wahine. Fullerton had not scored in the first 45 minutes of play since Sept. 4 against South Carolina - ending a streak of 11 straight second half goals. Only six of Fullerton's 22 goals this season have come in the first half as the Titans have outscored the opposition, 16-5, after the break (including an overtime game-winner against Auburn on Sept. 2).
Titan junior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley became the winningest keeper in Cal State Fullerton history in last week's 3-0 win over Hawaii, breaking the previous record set by Suzy Strazzulla and Laura Janke with her 25th career victory.
The shutout win also gave her 12 for her career, putting her one short of Janke's career mark of 13 whitewashing's set from 2000-03.
CLOSE CALLS VS. WEEKEND FOES:
Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, and Pacific have kept fans on their edge of their seats when they play one another. Six of the eight matches in the Titans-Matadors series have been decided by one goal (two in overtime) while Fullerton and Pacific have played six one-goal decisions in the 11 all-time meetings.
LEAGUE'S BEST MATCH UP:
Friday's night's match against Cal State Northridge will feature the Big West's best offense against the league's second-best defense. The Matadors are averaging a league-best 2.82 goals per game (the Titans no slouch at 2.00 per game) and 31 goals overall while Fullerton is second in the league with a 0.71 goals against average.