FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton women's soccer is set to play their penultimate home game this season when the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos come to Titan Stadium for Thursday's match at 7 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The squad then heads to Cal Poly for a 2 p.m. PT match on Sunday.
Head coach Demian Brown and his squad are 10-2-3 overall this year, 4-1-2 on the road and 6-1-1 at home. Sitting atop the table, the team is also 3-0-2 in Big West play, marking the first time since 2013 that a Titan squad has won its first three league matches. Last week, the Titans picked drew both their matches including a scoreless draw at UC Irvine and a 1-1 draw at home against Hawai'i.
Senior midfielder Atlanta Primus, the Sep. 2 Big West Offensive Player of the Week, has scored or assisted in 11 of our 14 matches this season. She is tied for the most goals on the team with nine. Her streak of six straight matches with a point (either a goal or assist) is tied for the second longest in school history. Primus is tied for fifth in the nation in total assists on the year at 10 and is tied for 10th in assists in per match at 0.67. She's three away from tying the single-season school record for assists in a season. At 21 assists for her career, she has the most assists in school history. She's also tallied 22 goals in her career, equaling 65 points, the fifth-best mark in program history. Primus is also tied for the No. 6 total in school history with those 22 career goals. She is all over the record books as she's tied for sixth in school history in goals per match, (0.33) second in assists per match at (0.30) and fourth in penalty kicks made (three).
Senior forward Maddie Bennett, the Sep. 9 Big West Offensive Player of the Week and Sep. 30 honoree, is tied for the team lead with nine goals including match-winning goals against Houston, Kansas State, UC Davis and Long Beach State. She's tied for 20th in the nation and No. 3 in school history for match winners in a single season. She ranks No. 43 in the country and third in the Big West in points per game at 1.47.
Brown, the Sep. 16 Big West Offensive Player of the Week, has five goals and eight assists on the year to rank her fourth in the Big West in points per game at 1.20 (18 total). Her eight assists are tied for the fourth-best total in a single season in school history.
Freshman defender Megan Day was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 as she helped the Titans to two road wins. Her and her teammates allowed just one goal total in those two matches and she scored the match-winning goal at UC Riverside.
Sophomore Kaya Hawkinson has four assists as well and is second on the team in minutes played this season with 1,239. Junior defender Delaney Dombek Lindahl has logged the most minutes of anybody on the team this year with 1,364. Redshirt freshman Noa Schumacher has recorded five shutouts on the year as the goalkeeper for the Titans.
As a team, the Titans essentially lead the Big West in every offensive category. The squad ranks third in the nation and tops in the Big West in corner kicks per match at 7.80. At 2.07 goals per game, the Titans are ranked 43rd in the nation and first in the league as well.
UC Santa Barbara is 6-4-4 on the year and 2-1-1 in Big West play, four points behind the Titans in the standings. The Gauchos have the leading scorer in the league with Shaelan Murison's 12 goals. Cal Poly is 4-9-2 this season with a 1-2-1 Big West record to stand at four points.
Brown talked about the squad in-depth in this video here, breaking down the team by position group and talking about the non-conference schedule. Brown has won over 100 matches in his 12 years as head coach. He has steered the Titans to four Big West regular season championships (2007, 2012, 2014, 2015) and five Big West Tournament championships (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) representing the league as the Big West's automatic qualifier at the NCAA Tournament for four of the last six years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) in addition to the Titans' postseason trip in 2007.
Primus was selected as one of 11 student-athletes to be a Preseason All-Big West honoree. It is her second straight year earning the preseason accolade. As a junior, Primus was 2018 All-Conference First Team selection as she started all 18 games she played in. She scored a team-high six goals and led the team in points scored with 15 as she also dished out three assists.
The Big West Conference also announced that Titans were picked fourth in the preseason coaches poll.
Along with a strong crop of newcomers, the Titans also welcome back Alba Barrios from an injury that forced her to miss the entire 2018 season. You can read more about Barrios and her journey here. She has started all 15 matches for the Titans this season and played the fourth-most minutes of the outfield players.
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