Oct. 10, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - A road weary Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (6-5-1, 1-2) finally returns home following a five-match road trip this weekend as the Titans welcome a pair of Northern California schools to Titan Stadium.
Perennial power and No. 6 Santa Clara will kick off the weekend on Friday night (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. before Fullerton resumes Big West Conference play against Pacific on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 14) at 1 p.m.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Streaming audio for both of this weekend's matches will be available for free at www.FullertonTitans.com.
IN THE POLLS: Santa Clara enters the week ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation according to Soccer Buzz and No. 6 in the country by the NSCAA and Soccer America... Cal State Fullerton and Pacific are unranked.
SERIES RECORDS: Cal State Fullerton is winless in four all-time meetings with one of the nation's elite programs, standing 0-3-1 versus Santa Clara since the two schools' first meeting in 2003... The Titans forged a 2-2 tie at Titan Stadium with the Broncos that season, but have lost three straight to them over the course of the past three seasons - all on the road... two of the losses were by a score of 1-0 with last year's meeting in Santa Clara decided by a 2-0 score in favor of the Broncos... Fullerton is 10-4 all-time against Pacific, having won seven consecutive matches dating back to a 2-1 loss in Stockton in 2000... the Titans have outscored the Tigers by a 14-6 count during their recent winning streak... Fullerton has lost only once in seven meetings at home in the all-time series.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the weekend with a 7-2-2 overall record, but has gone winless in each of its last three matches against stiff Pacific-10 Conference competition: falling to No. 22 California (2-0) on Sept. 30, battling No. 1 Stanford to a scoreless tie, and falling to No. 2 UCLA (4-1) in the last two weeks... The Broncos began the year unbeaten through their first eight matches (7-0-1), including a lopsided 7-1 win over then-No. 2 Notre Dame in their second match of the year... six of Santa Clara's 11 matches thus far this season have been ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game... The Broncos have outscored the opposition 21-11 this season but have been outshot, 135-115... Brittany Klein enters the weekend as Santa Clara's leading scorer with five goals and an assist... Meagan McCray has been stellar in net, posting a 0.95 goals against average and 60 saves to go with four shutouts.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Pacific enters the weekend with a 6-4-2 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Big West play... the Tigers will head to UC Riverside on Friday before battling Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon... Pacific snapped a three-match winless streak with a 2-1 overtime win over Cal State Northridge last Sunday for its first league victory of the season... Bunny Dickson leads the team with five goals on the year, but freshman Sammi Teramae paces the offense with four goals and five assists on the season... Jaime Souza has started all 12 matches in net for the Tigers, posting a 0.80 GAA and 51 saves to go with six shutouts.
FINALLY... HOME: After spending the last five matches on the road, Fullerton returns home to close out its 2007 schedule with five of its last seven matches of the year within the friendly confines of Titan Stadium where the Titans have posted a 40-13-3 (.741) record over the past six-plus seasons.
THIS DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT: Cal State Fullerton is coming off losses in back-to-back matches for the first time this season and the first time since the end of September, 2006, when the Titans fell in successive matches to Santa Clara and Arizona. Fullerton was also shutout for only the second and third times this year - the first since a season-opening 2-0 defeat to UNLV on Aug. 31.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO GOALS?: Back-to-back shutout losses are a rarity for the Titans as this past weekend marked the first time that has happed since 2004 when they lost to Wyoming (1-0) on Sept. 26 and battled UC Riverside to a scoreless tie on Oct. 1 - the first ever nil-nil result in the history of the program.
DO I GET PAID TIME AND A HALF?: Sunday's match at Cal Poly marked the fifth time in 12 matches this season that Cal State Fullerton has had to work overtime and the fourth time the Titans have had to play into a second overtime period. Fullerton is now 2-2-1 in overtime and stands tied with Cal Poly with the most overtime matches played by a Big West school in 2007.
NO MORE REMATCHES: I think we've had enough. Cal State Fullerton's two losses this weekend dropped its record to 0-4 in "rematch games" this season as the Titans lost both of their games to both of last year's Big West Conference tournament opponents UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly on the road. Earlier in the year, Fullerton fell 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.
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.
I'M HERE TO HELP: A lot is made about the person who scores the game-winning goal, but little is often said about those who help that person find the back of the net. We're here to change that. Six different Titans this season have posted game-winning assists in Fullerton's six wins, including two each from seniors Nicole Scheid and Stacey Thompson. Lauren Cram, Casey Schostag, Kristen Boujos, and Candice Byler have also had a hand (or foot) in helping the Titans to victory with one game-winning assist each.
ON YOUR TOES: Junior goalkeeper Shayla Sabin had a busy weekend in net for the Titans, keeping her side in the match with a pair of seven-save efforts in the team's two losses - tying her career high that was set earlier this year in the season-opener against UNLV. Sabin currently ranks tied four fourth in the league with 40 saves on the year and is tops with 5.00 saves per game. Her .800 save percentage is also fourth in the league while her 1.16 goals against average is fifth in the Big West.
TITANS IN NEED OF BOOSTER SHOT: Or a shot booster... we just thought that "booster shot" sounded better. A week after posting back-to-back matches of 20-or-more shots, the Titans' offense was at a loss to generate any sort of chances in a loss to UC Santa Barbara, posting a season-low eight shots in a 2-0 loss to the Gauchos. It was the fewest shots in a match for a Fullerton squad since the Titans took only eight shots in a 2-1 win over Cal Poly in the championship match of the Big West Conference Tournament last season.