Cal State Fullerton at UC Santa Barbara
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Harder Stadium • Santa Barbara, Calif.
Cal Poly at Cal State Fullerton
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 | 2:00 PM
Titan Stadium • Fullerton, Calif.
Cal State Fullerton enters the week with its destiny in its own hands. With two regular season games remaining, two wins would propel the Titans to the 2014 Big West Conference regular season championship. The Titans have already clinched a spot in the 2014 Big West Tournament. Fullerton begins the week at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, before hosting Cal Poly at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Titan Stadium.
PROMOTIONS & TICKETS
The Titans will close the regular season at home at 2 p.m., Sunday at Titan Stadium against Cal Poly. Fans are invited onto the field after the match for an autograph session. Also, be sure to arrive just a few minutes early for the senior day ceremony.
Cal State Fullerton students receive free admission to Titan home games with their Titan I.D. card.
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• Cal State Fullerton controls its own destiny in Big West Conference action with a record of 4-0-2 and 14 points. The Titans would claim the 2014 Big West regular season championship with two wins this week. Cal Poly is currently at the top of the league standings with 15 points followed by Long Beach State (14 points), although both programs only have one match remaining.
• Cal State Fullerton's 4-1 victory over Idaho State on Sept. 18 marked the 200th win for the program, which started in 1993.
• The Titans have scored 20 goals this season by 10 different players as Rebecca Wilson leads the team with 10 goals - the most for a Titan player in a single season since 2004. The total ties for sixth in CSF single-season history.
• The Titans are unbeaten in their last six matches (4-0-2), their longest undefeated streak since producing an 11-match winning streak from Oct. 7-Nov. 13, 2005. Fullerton is also on a three-match winning streak, the longest for the program since producing a four-match winning streak from Sept. 30-Oct. 14, 2012.
• Fullerton is an undefeated 5-0 when scoring the game's first goal.
• Fourteen of Fullerton's 17 games have been decided by one goal or less.
OPPONENTS & HISTORY
UC Santa Barbara | 7:00 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 30 | Harder Stadium
UC Santa Barbara (8-8-2, 2-5-0) enters Thursday's game on a three-match losing streak. The Gauchos have been eliminated from making an appearance in the Big West Tournament.
Head-to-Head: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UCSB, 12-9-1, including a 5-3-1 edge on the road.
Last Time Out: Nikki McCants scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute on Oct. 20 night at Titan Stadium as the CSF defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0.
Cal Poly | 2:00 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. | Titan Stadium | ESPN3
Sunday's match will most likely play a large role in deciding the Big West Conference champion as Cal Poly (10-8-0, 5-2-0; 15 pts) currently leads the standings followed by Long Beach State (8-5-5, 4-1-2; 14 pts) and Cal State Fullerton (6-7-4; 4-0-2; 14 pts.)
Sunday's match will be broadcast on ESPN3 and will feature the 2013 Big West Regular season champions in Cal Poly and the 2013 Big West Tournament champions in the Titans. Cal Poly will enter Sunday's match on a four-game winning streak as Elis Krieghoff leads the Big West with 14 goals.
Head-to-Head: Cal Poly leads the all-time series with CSF, 7-13-5, and at Titan Stadium the series has been even at 4-4-4.
Last Time Out: After spending 110 minutes watching from the sidelines, Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Katie Pulliam entered the match and stopped two Mustang penalty kicks in a shootout (4-3) on Nov. 7, 2013 after the two schools battled to a 1-1 draw at Titan Stadium in the Big West Tournament semifinals. Cal Poly was ousted as the No. 1 seed by fourth-seeded CSF.
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
• With a 3-1 victory over UC Irvine and 1-0 shutout of UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton has clinched a spot in the 2014 Big West Tournament, making the Titans ninth overall appearance and third consecutive.
• Rebecca Wilson has now scored nine goals in her last nine games. Wilson is also the last Titan to record three game-winning goals in a single season since Casey Volk totaled four in 2010.
• In regulation, CSF has outscored opponents 20-11.
• The Titans did not surrender a goal for 215 minutes from Oct. 5 vs. Hawai'i until Laura McGrail's goal in the 25th minute vs. UCI last Thursday. The stretch ranks ninth in CSF history. In the last 461 minutes, the Titans have allowed just one goal.
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IT'S A SWEEP!
After leading the Titans to a pair of Big West Conference victories over UCI and UCR last week, the CSF duo of Rebecca Wilson and Colleen Ortega swept Big West Player of the Week honors.
For the second time this season, Wilson was named Big West Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after her two goals and assist helped Fullerton clinch a berth in the Big West Tournament.
Senior defender Colleen Ortega captured Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Ortega anchored the Titan defensive effort in holding UCI and UCR to a combined six shots on frame with the 3-1 and 1-0 victories.
She also got involved offensively as her 32nd minute pass to Rebecca Wilson led to the only goal of the match in CSF's 1-0 win over the Highlanders. Later in the match, she saved what would have been the game-tying goal off the goal line in the 57th minute.
For Ortega, this is her first Big West Defensive Player of the Week honor in her career and the first for the Titans this season.
BIG WEST STATS & RANKINGS
• Second in the Big West in goals allowed (16) and goals against average (0.86).
• Rebecca Wilson's 21 points rank third and her 10 goals ranks second in the Big West. Her three game winners also rank second.
• In Big West games only, Fullerton leads the league in goals allowed (3) and goals against average (0.47).
• In Big West games only, Rebecca Wilson leads the league in points (13), goals (6) and game winners (3).
OLD HABITS DIE HARD
In 2013, it was almost routine for the Titans to play an overtime period, entering extra time play on 10 occasions -- one shy of their NCAA record-tying 11 overtime matches in 2011.
In 2014, nine of Fullerton's 17 matches have entered overtime. The Titans were unbeaten in overtime (3-0-7) in 2013, but this season, the Titans have suffered five losses in extra time, including surrendering the golden goal with less than two minutes remaining on three occasions. Fullerton is 13-15-25 in extra time during Head Coach Demian Brown's eight seasons.
Cal State Fullerton has played 1,675.37 minutes on the field this season. The team's nine overtime matches have added 125-plus minutes.
In regulation, Cal State Fullerton has outscored opponents, 20-11, however, in overtime, the Titans have been shut out, 5-0.
Redshirt junior Rebecca Wilson leads Cal State Fullerton with 10 goals as the Placentia, Calif., native has scored nine goals in the Titans' last nine games.
Wilson's 10 goals tie for sixth in CSF single-season history, and she is also the last Titan to accomplish the feat since Kandace Wilson in 2004.
ANOTHER STAT CARRIES OVER FROM 2013
Fullerton made it a habit of scoring late last season, netting nine of its 18 goals in the 70th minute or later.
This season, 13 of Fullerton's 20 goals have been scored in the second half, and 10 of CSF's 20 goals this season have come after the 60th minute.
During CSF's six-match unbeaten streak, the Titans have outscored opponents 8-3, recording the first goal of the game on three occasions while scoring four goals in the first half.
Cal State Fullerton fell just short of setting the record attendance at a women's soccer match as 1,536 attended the Oct. 9 women's and men's soccer doubleheader at Titan Stadium. The women's soccer attendance record is still 1,570 from Oct. 19, 2001 vs. Long Beach State.
Fullerton fans did however set a new record as 1,365 onlookers were in attendance on Aug. 22, 2014 at Titan Stadium - the largest crowd for a home opener and the third largest crowd all time.
"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!"
Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Chelsey Patterson will serve as team captain for the third straight season along with junior defender Morgan Batcheller and junior forward Rebecca Wilson.
The 2013 Big West Tournament Champions will return to the pitch in 2014 with a challenging schedule as four of their opponents completed last year in the top-75 of RPI, while two competed in the NCAA Tournament.
A NEW LOOK
CSF has a strong combination of newcomers and returners on its roster. The Titans return 13 letterwinners from last year's championship squad while welcoming 11 newcomers and four returning redshirts. Of Fullerton's 13 returners, five were starters last season.
BY THE NUMBERS
Cal State Fullerton totaled 51 points last season (18 goals/15 assists) and will need to replace 57 percent of that production as top scorers Erica Mazeau (4 goals, 6 assists), Nikki McCants (3 goals) and Janali West (2 goals, 2 assists) have graduated.
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)
Fullerton's 2013 defense emerged as one of the best in the league, ranking atop the Big West statistical rankings in fewest goals allowed (17), goals against average (0.71), and saves (113), while standing tied for third in shutouts (7).
For the third consecutive season, it was announced that the championship match of this year's Big West Conference women's soccer tournament hosted by Cal Poly would be televised live on FOX Sports PrimeTicket at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9.
TITANS CLAIM BACK-TO-BACK TITLES
Defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Fullerton is out to claim three consecutive crowns in 2014 after the Titans clinched their fourth Big West tournament title in school history and earned the league's automatic NCAA postseason berth in 2013. In 2012, Fullerton won its sixth Big West regular season championship in school history, trailing only Cal Poly (7). It was Fullerton's fourth solo crown after sharing the top spot in 2004 and 2007, the program's fifth in the last 12 seasons, and the second under Head Coach Demian Brown.
Fullerton's coaching staff remains largely intact for 2014 with one exception as Michael Thomas joins the staff following the departure of Diego Bocanegra, who accepted a position at Notre Dame.
A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Sophomore Nicole Ulrich and junior Alyssa Cabral will be carrying on a tradition of sorts in 2014 as their No. 2 and No. 5 jerseys are the only two numbers in the history of the Fullerton program to be worn every season since the program began in 1993.
Cal State Fullerton, the defending Big West Tournament Champion, was picked to finish fourth in Big West Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll, while Cal Poly was selected to repeat as the regular season champion with six first-place votes.
UC Irvine received two first-place votes with 64 points while Long Beach State collected 59 points for third place. Cal State Fullerton received one first-place vote of its own and finished out the top four teams with 58 points.
Hawai'i (37 points), UCSB (30), CSUN (27), UCD (27) and UCR (26) rounded out the preseason poll.
Senior midfielder and captain Chelsey Patterson was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team.