Titans Play Spoilers Role in Final Weekend
Oct. 27, 2011
FULLERTON, CA -
KICK OFF: Mathematically eliminated from the race for the Big West Conference Tournament, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team (7-8-3 overall, 1-4-1 in the Big West) looks to play spoiler for a couple of teams jockeying for position for one of four spots in the league's postseason event. The Titans host sixth-place Pacific (just five points out of the top four) on Friday night (Oct. 28) at 7 p.m. before welcoming UC Davis (currently in a tie for second place) on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 30) at 2 p.m. at Titan Stadium.
IN THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton, Pacific, and UC Davis are unranked in this week's national polls.
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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.
"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.
"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.
SENIOR NIGHT FESTIVITIES: Senior Caitlin Mellano as well as undergraduate assistant Jordan-Michelle Santos will be honored prior to kick-off as part of "Senior Night" festivities on Sunday beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m. The Titans will be looking to send the seniors off in style after going just 6-11-1 in their final regular season home games dating back to 1993, having lost four of their last five "Senior Night" contests.
TITANS TURN INTO TEACHERS: The Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team took time out of its busy training schedule to spend some time teaching soccer to children at nearby Acacia Elementary School in Fullerton on Oct. 26. Hear Head Coach Demian Brown, freshman Colleen Ortega, and sophomore Janali West talk about their day on a different kind of campus and their interactions with the kids in the video above.
PACIFIC BRIEFLY: The Tigers enter the week with an 8-7-1 overall mark and a 2-3-1 record in conference play for sixth place - just five points out of the final tournament spot with two matches to play... Pacific has lost three of its last four, splitting with UC Santa Barbara (W, 2-1) and Cal Poly (L, 2-1) last weekend... Kristina Wavomba leads the offense with eight goals and 19 points... Angelica Figueroa paces the team with seven assists... Tashia Long has posted a 1.35 goals against average and 56 saves in 16 starts.
FOR THE RECORD: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Pacific, 12-6, but the Tigers have emerged victories with wins in two of their last three meetings with the Titans in 2008 (3-2) and 2010 (3-0) - both in Stockton... Fullerton is 8-1 at home all time against Pacific, having won seven straight dating back to 1999... the Titans are 10-5 against the Tigers since the two have been members of the Big West Conference, including a 6-1 mark at home... Fullerton is 3-0 against Pacific in overtime in the history of the series.
UC DAVIS BRIEFLY: UC Davis enters the week with an 11-4-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 mark in Big West play for a second-place tie with 13 points... the Aggies have won five straight following wins at Cal State Bakersfield (4-3) and against UC Santa Barbara (3-2) last week... Allison Kelly leads the team with eight goals and 19 points as UC Davis has outscored opponents, 32-18, this season... Maria Magana has posted a 1.05 goals against average and 58 saves in 16 starts to go along with six shutouts.
FOR THE RECORD: Cal State Fullerton is 6-1 all time against UC Davis, having won the last two meetings by scores of 1-0 and 3-2 in 2009 and 2010, respectively... Sunday's match will be only the third meeting in Fullerton (the first since 2009) as the Titans are 4-1 against the Aggies in Davis... five of the seven all-time meetings have been decided by a single goal.
TITANS SLIP TO SIXTH AMONG BIG WEST TEAMS IN LATEST NCAA RPI REPORT: Cal State Fullerton stood sixth among its Big West bretheren in the NCAA's fifth RPI report for the 2011 season released on Oct. 26. The Titans dropped to No. 104 this week, down from No. 88 a week ago. UC Irvine (No. 25), Long Beach State (No. 51), and UC Davis (No. 76) lead a quintet of conference teams in the top 100, joined by Cal State Northridge (No. 80) and Cal Poly (No. 86). Pacific (No. 156), UC Santa Barbara (No. 158), and UC Riverside (No. 164) round out the conference rankings. The complete list is available at http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-women/d1.
THE HIGHS AND LOWS: Three nights after being held to a season-low eight shots in a shutout loss to Cal State Northridge, the Titans' offense took out its frustrations on the road at UC Riverside, unleashing a season-high 33 shots against the Highlanders in a 1-1 double-overtime draw. The 33 shots surpassed the previous season high of 30 set against Columbia on Sept. 11 and marked the 12th time that a Titan squad has reached the 30-shot plateau in the history of the program. Last week's performance ranked tied for fifth on the all-time list, just seven shots shy of the school record of 41 set over 10 years ago against Wyoming on Sept. 28, 2001.
FOX INCHES CLOSER: Junior Stacey Fox moved ever so closer to a spot in the record book against the Highlanders as her fourth goal of the year (tied for second on the team this season) upped her career total to 12 - just one strike shy of the No. 10 spot currently held by Brianna Buffington (2005-07). She is part of an elite group in Fullerton women's soccer history as her goal against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 2 made her only the 17th Fullerton player in the history of the program to reach double-digit goals in a career.
NO GOALS FOR YOU... SORT OF: The Titans have been very stingy when it comes to scoring in the first half as the two goals allowed this weekend marked only the fourth and fifth goals scored against Fullerton in the first 45 minutes this season. Prior to their match against Cal State Northridge, the Titans had not allowed a first half goal since New Mexico scored in the 19th minute on Sept. 16 in Albuquerque.
BACK TO "NORMAL": After not playing in an overtime match for the first time in nine weekends, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team was back to "normal" last weekend, playing in its 10th overtime match of the year (and its sixth double-overtime contest) in a 1-1 draw at UC Riverside. The Titans, who are 3-4-3 in overtime this season (including a 1-2-3 record in double overtime), have played extra time 27 times in 97 matches (28%) in the four-plus seasons under Head Coach Demian Brown, posting a 7-9-11 (.463) mark in those contests. The six double overtime contests are tied for second all-time, just one shy of the school record of seven set in 1993.
NOW THAT'S A RECORD: Forget school records, the Titans have their sights set on something a bit more "national." Cal State Fullerton's 10 overtime matches this season, which topped the previous season high of eight set back in 2007, are just one short of the NCAA record of 11 set by William and Mary in 2005. The Tribe of the Colonial Athletic Association finished 7-4-9 overall that season -- including a "fit to be tied" 1-1-9 mark in extra time.
MORE "OT" FUN FACTS: For the first time in school history, the Titans played in four consecutive overtime matches from Sept. 25-Oct. 9... Fullerton has now played a grand total of 127:02 of extra time this season - that's a whole extra game plus ANOTHER 37:02 of overtime... after going winless in their previous 11 overtime matches (0-4-7), the Titans are now 3-2-2 in their last seven 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 19-24-23 (.462) overall in overtime in the history of the program and 9-6-16 (.548) in double overtime matches only.
AWWW, SHOOT!!!!: Thanks, in large part to its 33-shot outburst at UC Riverside last week, Cal State Fullerton remains atop the Big West Conference with 306 shots thus far this season - a drastic improvement over the offensive struggles that the Titans endured a season ago. The 306 shots have more than eclipsed Fullerton's total from all of 2010 (195) and are the most shots in a season for the Titans since they took a school-record 409 shots as a team en route to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005. Cal State Fullerton has already reached double-digit shot totals in 16 of its 18 matches this season (compared to just seven times in 19 matches overall in 2010), including three 20-shot matches and a pair of 30-shot performances, and have outshot its opponent 13 times - six more than during all of last year.
TITANS LOOK TO BE A LITTLE MORE EFFICIENT: Cal State Fullerton may be throwing a lot of shots at opposing nets this season, but that has not translated into as many goals as you would think as the Titans are scoring a goal once every 13.30 shots they take this season. Only UC Santa Barbara (17 goals on 252 shots) has been more frustrated, scoring once every 14.82 shots taken in 2011. Long Beach State, the league's leading offense with 37 goals, is the most efficient of the league's nine schools, scoring one goal for every 5.57 shots it takes this year.
SOMETHING'S A LITTLE "OFF": Cal State Fullerton's offense has seemed to be a step too quick this season, whistled for 44 offsides (second in the Big West Conference entering the final weekend of the regular season) through 18 matches this year compared to just 11 for its opponents in 2011. Only six teams have been called for an offsides against Fullerton: Utah, Long Island, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, and UC Riverside, but the Titans have been called for at least one offside infraction in 15 of their 18 matches this season, including their last five straight.
NEVER MET A SHOT SHE DIDN'T LIKE: Junior Ann Marie Tangorra continues to lead the Titans with 48 shots on the year -- the highest shot total for a Titan since in six years when a trio of Titans finished with 48-plus shots in 2005: Kandace Wilson (63), Lauryn Welch (55), Lisa Kosena (48).
ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER: And, frankly, probably one of the most frustrating in the sport of soccer. Fullerton's 1-1 draw with UC Riverside ended a string of six-straight one-goal decisions after the Titans fell to 4-8 in one-goal contests this season following their 1-0 loss to Cal State Northridge three nights earlier on Oct. 20. The Titans, who have scored 23 times this season (matching last year's 19-game total), haven't scored more than one goal in a match since they earned their only conference win this season at UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 2 by the score of 2-1.
GOALS WANTED: Fullerton is 2-6-2 in matches where it has scored only one goal after last week's decisions against Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside.
WIN-WIN SITUATION: Fullerton's win over Bakersfield on Oct. 16 gave the Titans their seventh win of the year -- surpassing last year's total and the most in a single-season since the 2008 squad finished 7-11-1 overall. One more victory in its final two matches of the season will give Fullerton its highest win total since 2007 (12-8-2).
GOTTA GET UP PRETTY EARLY: McCants' strike with just 7:14 gone in the match against the Roadrunners on Oct. 16 marked the quickest Titans goal this season, besting the previous mark of 13:14 (also scored by McCants) against Long Island on Aug. 21, and the quickest for a Titan in over four years when Lauren Cram (2004-07) scored just 51 seconds into a match against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 20, 2007.
CROWD PLEASERS: The third-largest crowd in school history watched conference rivals Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine battle it out on Oct. 14 in front of 1,277 fans -- the most since the Titans drew 1,288 for an NCAA Tournament match-up with UNLV on Nov. 11, 2005. It was only the sixth time in school history that Fullerton has drawn better than 1,000 fans and just 293 shy of the school record of 1,570 drawn against Long Beach State on Oct. 19, 2001. The Titans have now played in front of a trio of top-15 crowds this season, drawing 845 fans for their match against Pepperdine on Aug. 26 (which ranks No. 9 on the list) and 770 fans for Fullerton's win over Long Island on Aug. 21 (which ranks No. 14). 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, while the 2,091 fans for the Titans' match at New Mexico is the second-largest that they have played in front of this season.