Oct. 5, 2011
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: Fresh off its first conference victory of the season, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (6-5-2 overall, 1-1 in the Big West Conference) looks to keep the ball rolling with only one match this week against the league's top offense in archrival Long Beach State. The Titans and the 49ers will clash on Sunday (Oct. 9) at 3 p.m. at Allen Field in a match that has been pushed back from its originally scheduled 1 p.m. kickoff due to the running of the Long Beach Marathon that day.
IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton is unranked this week, but are still listed among the West's best according to the NSCAA, ranking in a tie for 10th in the West Region rankings entering the week... Long Beach State, ranked third in the West behind Pepperdine and Santa Clara according to the NSCAA, is receiving plenty of national attention, ranked No. 23 in the nation according to the NSCAA and receiving votes in the Soccer Times poll.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Select Cal State Fullerton women's soccer matches this season can be heard live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet. Veteran soccer broadcaster Mike Martinez will have the calls live from Titan Stadium. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage at FullertonTitans.com. There will be no Fullerton-originated broadcasts for this weekend's matches.
"CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?": Thanks to a partnership between the Big West Conference and the CBS College Sports Network, live video of select Cal State Fullerton women's soccer home and road contests will be streamed live over the Internet via the BigWestTV platform. A monthly subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95 delivers exclusive coverage to you. For more information, please visit www.BigWest.org/TV or access the video player at www.fansonly.com/schools/bigw/allaccess/index.html.
LONG BEACH STATE BRIEFLY: The 49ers enter the week at 9-3-1 overall, unbeaten in their last six matches, and sporting the league's top offense at 103 points and 2.62 goals per game... Long Beach State is 5-1 this season at home, winning two straight since a 2-0 loss to California on Sept. 9... Nadia Link is the league's leading scorer with 11 goals and seven assists (29 points) while Shawna Gordon (7G-8A-22P) and Nicole Hubbard (6G-1A-13P) are also in double figures... Kaitlyn Gustaves sports a 0.91 goals against average and 35 saves to go with five shutouts in 13 starts in net.
FOR THE RECORD: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Long Beach State, 7-6, but the two teams have alternated wins over the last six contests... the 49ers won last year's contest, 5-2, at Titan Stadium - the most goals scored by either team in the history of the series and tied for the most combined goals in the series... the Titans are 6-1 all-time against the 49ers on the road, having won each of their last four trips to Allen Field.
"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!": Senior Caitlin Mellano along with redshirt juniors Jennifer Smith, JeAnne Mazeau, and Stacey Fox have been selected by the coaching staff as team captains for the 2011 season.
TITANS SLIP TO FOURTH AMONG BIG WEST TEAMS IN SECOND NCAA RPI REPORT: Cal State Fullerton stood fourth among its Big West Conference bretheren in the NCAA's second RPI report for the 2011 season released on Oct. 5. The Titans are ranked No. 81 this week behind Long Beach State (No. 43), UC Irvine (No. 44), and Cal Poly (No. 70). Cal State Northridge (No. 110), UC Davis (No. 141), UC Santa Barbara (No. 151), Pacific (No. 168), and UC Riverside (No. 192) rounded out the conference rankings. The complete list is available at http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-women/d1.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: Cal State Fullerton has outscored its last seven opponents by an 14-7 count after being outscored itself, 7-4, in the first six matches of the year.
"LIKE A RECORD, BABY, RIGHT ROUND, ROUND, ROUND...": Somehow, we just knew it was coming, we just didn't think it would happen in one weekend. After seemingly playing at least one overtime match in each of their first seven weeks of the regular season, the Titans even outdid themselves last weekend, playing a pair of extra time contests to tie the school's 2007 record with eight overtime matches in 13 games overall this year. Of those eight overtime matches, five have now gone to double overtime following Fullerton's game at Cal Poly on Sept. 30 (tied for the third-most all time in school history), but the Titans' somewhat pedestrian single-overtime win at UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 2 improved them to 3-3-2 in extra time this season. It continues to be somewhat of a trend as of late as the Titans have gone to overtime 25 times in 92 matches (27.2%) in the four-plus seasons under Head Coach Demian Brown, posting a 7-8-10 (.480) mark in those contests.
MORE "OT" FUN FACTS: Fullerton has now played in three-straight overtime contests - only the second time that has happened in school history and the first since 1994 when the Titans drew at USC (1-1 on Oct. 8), lost to UC San Diego (1-0 on Oct. 11), and tied UC Santa Barbara (1-1 on Oct. 19) all in double overtime in only the second year of the program... Fullerton has now played a grand total of 102:51 of extra time this season - that's a whole extra game plus ANOTHER 12:51 of overtime... after going winless in their previous 11 overtime matches (0-4-7), the Titans are now 3-1-1 in their last five OT contests... Fullerton's overtime matches against Columbia (Sept. 11) and New Mexico (Sept. 16) marked the 13th time in school history that the Titans have played extra time in back-to-back matches, but the first time that they have won both contests... Including this season, the Titans are 19-23-22 (.469) overall in overtime in the history of the program and 9-6-15 (.550) in double overtime matches only.
"PK" IS "OK" FOR KISHI: Thanks to redshirt sophomore Kishi Smith, who not only deserves congratulations on turning her first career penalty kick attempt into a game-winner at UC Santa Barbara as part of a career-best three-point afternoon (she also added an assist on Stacey Fox's game-tying goal with three minutes remaining in regulation), but also for extending the Titans' streak of made penalty kicks to 13 consecutive makes dating back to the 2002 season when Fullerton was an unfortunate 0-for-2 from the spot.
WILD, WILD, WEST: Sophomore Janali West became only the seventh different Titan to find the back of the net this season, breaking a scoreless deadlock with her first career goal late in the match at Cal Poly on Sept. 30. West slammed home a pass from teammate Rebecca Wilson from close in, giving Fullerton a 1-0 lead. West finished with three shots against the Mustangs, doubling her entire season total entering the weekend.
FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC: Not that we mind when Stacey Fox finds the back of the net with little to no time left on the clock, we're just glad she does. Fox's second goal of the season with just over three minutes to play on Sunday afternoon drew the Titans level with host UC Santa Barbara in a match they would eventually win in overtime, 2-1. For Fox, it was her first goal since scoring late in regulation against Pepperdine back on Aug. 26, but it was not her first time scoring that far into a contest in her career. Her strike in the 87th minute against the Gauchos marked the fourth time in her last five goals that she has scored in the final five minutes of a match, but it was far from the latest goal she has ever scored as a Titan, netting a goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation to beat UC Davis on Oct. 30, 2009, and eight seconds left in regulation against Washington on Sept. 27, 2009, to forge a 1-1 draw with the Huskies.
LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Fox's goal against UC Santa Barbara was the 10th of her career, placing her atop the list in that category among active Titans and putting her amongst an elite group as she became only the 17th Fullerton player in the history of the program to reach double-digit goals in a career. The redshirt junior from Simi Valley is now just three scores shy of breaking into the school's all-time chart with her sights set on Brianna Buffington (2005-07) and her 13 career goals that rank No. 10 on the list.
AWWW, SHOOT!!!!: Thanks to a 28-shot night (the second-highest single-match total for the Titans this season) at Cal Poly and 15 more in a win over UC Santa barbara, Cal State Fullerton has jumped atop the Big West Conference in the shot column, topping the statistical reports with a league-high 220 shots this season - a drastic improvement over the offensive struggles that the Titans endured a season ago. The 220 shots eclipsed Fullerton's total from all of 2010 (195) and are the most shots in a season for the Titans since they took 233 shots as a team in 2008. Cal State Fullerton has already reached double-digit shot totals in 12 of its 13 matches this season (compared to just seven times in 19 matches overall in 2010), including three 20-shot matches and a 30-shot performance against Columbia on Sept. 11, and have outshot its opponent nine times - two more than during all of last year.
TOO FAST?: Cal State Fullerton's offense has seemed to be a step too quick this season, whistled for 24 offsides through 13 matches this year compared to just five for its opponents in 2011.
SAVE SITUATION: Eight more saves in a busy weekend for sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic has her quickly establishing herself as one of the Big West Conference's top netminders. Maricic ranks among the top five in numerous league categories including goals against average (4th - 0.99), save percentage (2nd - .797), saves (t2nd - 55), and saves per game (t3rd - 4.23). Her 55 saves are just two shy of the school's single-season top 10 while her .797 save percentage and 0.99 goals against average would rank fifth if the season ended today. Following her fourth career shutout against San Diego on Sept. 22, Maricic moved into a tie for seventh on the school's all-time list and her performance over the weekend gave 73 career saves which catapaulted her into eighth place on the career chart.
MORE ON MARICIC: Fullerton's sophomore netminder ranks No. 9 in the nation in minutes played, as she has experienced all 1,271 minutes of the Titans' season in net thus far. UNLV's Kylie Wassell leads the nation with 1,334 minutes played in 2011.
WHERE THERE'S A WILSON, THERE'S A WAY: Freshman Rebecca Wilson continues to have had a hand... err... foot in the Titans' recent success as the rookie forward has come off the bench to do just about everything for Fullerton. With an assist on Janali West's first career goal against Cal Poly last weekend, Wilson has now tallied a point in five of her team's last seven matches, scoring three times and assisting on three others to stand second on the team with nine points. Before being held scoreless in her first career start against UNLV on Sept. 25, the Placentia, CA, native extended her point-scoring streak to four consecutive matches with the game-winning goal against San Diego, coming off the bench and finding the back of the net in the 39th minute en route to a 2-0 Titans' victory.
NEVER MET A SHOT SHE DIDN'T LIKE: Despite missing both of Cal State Fullerton's Big West openers last weekend on the coast, junior Ann Marie Tangorra continues to lead the Titans with 37 shots on the year, just two shy of last year's leader, Christina Murillo, who finished with 39 shots in 19 matches. With three more shots this season, Tangorra would post the highest shot total for a Titan since Brianna Buffington finished with 42 shots in 2007 and her 43rd shot this year will be the most for a Fullerton player since 2005 when a quintet of Titans finished with 43-plus shots: Kandace Wilson (63), Lauryn Welch (55), Lisa Kosena (48), Rebekah Patrick (45), and Erin Shelton (43).
THANK YOU (AGAIN!), FANS: Cal State Fullerton played in front of 845 fans in its match against Pepperdine on Aug. 26 - the eighth-largest crowd in school history and the most since the Titans drew 1,187 for a Fox Soccer Channel nationally televised match against rival Long Beach State in 2006. It was the second top-15 home crowd that Fullerton has played in front of this season after 770 fans were in attendance for the Titans' win over Long Island on Aug. 21, which stands as the 13th-largest in the history of the program. Nationally, the 4,265 fans in attendance to watch Fullerton's match at BYU in Provo, UT, is currently the seventh-largest in the country in 2011.