Oct. 11, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Riding a season-best three-match winning streak, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (7-5-1 overall, 3-0 in the Big West Conference) looks to continue its unbeaten run in league play this weekend as the Titans host UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly at Titan Stadium. Fullerton and Santa Barbara will each be looking to avoid bad luck on the Friday the 13th as the two square off at 7 p.m. before the Mustangs come calling on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15) at 1 p.m.
ON THE AIR
Both of this weekend's matches will be broadcast live over the Internet. Please visit Cal State Fullerton's website at www.FullertonTitans.com to access the link. Fullerton student Mike Martinez will carry the live play-by-play for the second consecutive season.
The Titans lead the all-time series with the Gauchos by an 8-4-1 count, winning last season by a 2-0 count in Santa Barbara... the win snapped a brief two-match losing streak to UCSB... The Titans are 5-3 all-time against the Gauchos at home (3-1-1 on the road)... Cal Poly leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 8-4-2, after the Titans' 2-0 win in San Luis Obispo last season... Fullerton is 2-3-1 at home against the Mustangs, last winning at Titan Stadium in the 2004 regular season by a 1-0 count.
Fullerton is tied for 10th in the West Region according to the NSCAA and No. 14 in the West according to Soccer Buzz... UCSB and Cal Poly are unranked.
JANKE EARNS BIG WEST NOD
Cal State Fullerton senior defender Erica Janke was named the Big West Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after helping her side remain unbeaten in league action this past weekend. Janke, who shared this week's honor with Long Beach State goalkeeper Liz Ramos, earned her first career conference weekly honor and became the third different Titan to earn such accolades this season joining teammates Karen Bardsley (Sept. 5) and Lauryn Welch (Sept. 18).
ALSO ON THE MANTLE
Two days after earning All-Big West weekly honors, Erica Janke became the third Titan to be named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week and the second to earn weekly honors from Soccer Buzz.
Buoyed by a near-capacity crowd at then \#6 Texas A&M in College Station, the Titans enter the week leading the league in attendance with 7,682 and an average of 591 fans per game. Fullerton, which is tied with Long Beach State for the fewest home games this season at three, will be looking for the support of the hometown faithful in its three remaining home contests as the Titans rank fourth overall in home attendance (1,524) and third in average home attendance (508).
SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
UC Santa Barbara sports a 3-6-4 overall record and stands in a tie for fifth place in the Big West at 1-1 (3 points)... the four ties this season are the most of any conference team (four other schools have one draw)... Chandi Bickford and Genelle Ives have been the offensive leaders all season as Bickford leads the team with six goals and 14 points while Ives has a team-high four assists to go with a pair of goals... Katie Wright has seen the majority of time in net, sporting a 1.00 GAA and 37 saves to go with a pair of shutouts.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
Cal Poly, which faces UC Riverside on Friday before heading to Fullerton, is 7-5-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league action for fourth place... each of the Mustangs' last three matches (and four of the last five) have gone to overtime with Cal Poly going 1-1-1... Ashley Vallis leads the offense with six goals and 13 points with Kelsey Carroll also contributing four goals and a pair of assists... Alli Tramel has a 0.91 GAA in net to go with 48 saves and four shutouts.
LEAGUE STREAK CONTINUES
Cal State Fullerton extended its Big West Conference winning streak to nine consecutive victory's with a sweep this past weekend of Pacific and Cal State Northridge. The Titans, who have lost only two conference matches dating back to 2004 (16-2-1), have posted seven shutouts in those nine contests and outscored the opposition, 18-3.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Senior defender Erica Janke became one of the Titans' top offensive players this weekend, netting her first career goal in the 2-1 win over Pacific and her first career game-winner in the 1-0 win over Cal State Northridge. She became the sixth player to score their first career goals in a Titan uniform this season (Buffington, Byler, Heinen, Boujos, Leslie Munoz).
BUFFINGTON'S BIG WEEKEND
Junior Brianna Buffington netted her second consecutive game-winning goal on Friday night in a 2-1 win at Pacific, just five days after her double-overtime strike beat UC Riverside, 1-0. Buffington, who ranks second on the team with four goals this season, also ranks tied for eighth in the Big West in that category.
GET THERE EARLY
Erica Janke's opening goal in the seventh minute at Pacific on Friday night marked the fourth time this season that the Titans have scored in the first 10 minutes of a match - the quickest of which coming on Lauryn Welch's goal at 4:07 of the first half against \#24 Arizona on Sept. 28.
3-AND-OH SO GOOD
Fullerton has opened conference play unbeaten at 3-0 for only the fourth time since 1996 - and the first since the 2002 campaign. With a win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday, the Titans will match the 1996 and 2002 squads for the best-ever Big West start in school history.
BARDSLEY'S BUSY SEASON
After being helped by a tenacious defense the last few seasons, senior netminder Karen Bardsley has been busy during her senior season as her Big West-high 80 saves are just eight short of matching her personal high of 88 saves set in her freshman season. Her 264 saves are a Fullerton school record and seventh-best on the Big West career record list.
BARDSLEY CLOSES ON ANOTHER
More on Karen Bardsley. She notched her 23rd career shutout against Cal State Northridge on Sunday, moving her into fifth place on the Big West list - just five clean sheets short of Pacific's Kim McCaskey, who set the league record with 28 shutouts from 1997-99.
Another nail-biting weekend for the Titans has fans on the edge of their seats. Nine of Fullerton's 13 matches this season (including seven of the last eight) have been decided by one goal with the Titans posting a 5-4 record in those matches. The school record for one-goal matches in a season is 13 set twice in 1999 and 2004.
WELCH'S STREAK ENDS
After being injured just five minutes into last Thursday night's loss to No. 24 Arizona, senior midfielder Lauryn Welch's streak of 72 consecutive starts came to an end on Sunday night against UC Riverside. Welch, the team's leading scorer in 2005 and the Titans' top scorer with five goals and two assists this season, had started all 72 of Fullerton's matches dating back to her freshman season (2003).
TITANS PICKED SECOND IN BIG WEST TITLE RACE
The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team received two first-place votes (48 points overall) and was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2006 according to a poll of the league's coaches. Long Beach State received three first-place votes and 56 points overall to finish atop the preseason poll for the first time in school history. UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Pacific, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, and UC Irvine round out the poll in that order.
TITANS TO MAKE NATIONAL TV DEBUT
Cal State Fullerton will make its television debut in October as the Titans' clash with rival Long Beach State at Titan Stadium will be shown live on the Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. For more information and local channel listings, visit their website at www.foxsoccer.com.