Titans Host Big West WSOC Tournament

Alba Barrios. Credit Matt Brown
Alba Barrios. Credit Matt Brown

FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton women's soccer is the host of the Big West Women's Soccer Tournament with a trophy and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. As the No. 1 seed, the Titans will play No. 4 seed Hawai'i at 7:30 p.m. PT. On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 CSUN will play No. 3 UC Santa Barbara at 5 p.m. PT. The Big West Tournament Final is set for Sunday at 5 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on ESPN3. All three matches will be played in Titan Stadium. 

Head coach Demian Brown and his squad are 12-2-4 overall this year, 5-1-2 on the road and 7-1-2 at home. Unbeaten in the last 14 matches, a program record, CSF won the Big West regular season title with a 5-0-3 record. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper and the squad allowed just four goals in conference play and never more than one in a match. Last week, the Titans came back from 1-0 down to defeat CSUN 2-1 and win the league. The Titans are 10-4-6 all-time in Big West Tourmant play and won the tournament the last time they qualified, in 2017.

Senior midfielder Atlanta Primus, the Sep. 2 Big West Offensive Player of the Week, has scored or assisted in 14 of our 18 matches this season. She is tied for the most goals on the team with 10, the second-best total in the conference. Her streak of six straight matches from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10 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 12 and is tied for sixth in assists in per match at 0.67. She's one away from tying the single-season school record for assists in a season. At 23 assists for her career, she has the most assists in school history. She's also tallied 23 goals in her career, equaling a 69-point total, the fourth-best mark in program history. Primus is also sixth in school history with those 23 career goals. She will 

Senior forward Maddie Bennett, the Sep. 9 Big West Offensive Player of the Week and Sep. 30 honoree, is tied with Primus on 10 goals including match-winning goals against Houston, Kansas State, UC Davis and Long Beach State. She's tied for 47th in the nation and No. 3 in school history for match winners in a single season. She ranks third in the Big West in points per game at 1.39.

Brown, the Sep. 16 Big West Offensive Player of the Week, has six goals and eight assists on the year to rank her fourth in the Big West in points at 20 total. Her eight assists are tied for the fourth-best total in a single season in school history. She's scored two match-winning goals on the year including the winner against CSUN to give the Titans the Big West title.

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 behind only junior defender Delaney Dombek Lindahl. Schumacher, the Oct. 28 Big West Defensive Player of the Week has recorded six shutouts on the year as the goalkeeper for the Titans and allowed just four goals in eight Big West matches, the best mark in the league. She currently holds the seventh-best goals against average (GAA) in program history for a single season at 0.90. Her 10 wins are ranked eighth for a single season and six shutouts are sixth in program history for a single season.

As a team, the Titans essentially lead the Big West in every offensive category. The squad ranks second in the nation and tops in the Big West in corner kicks per match at 8.00. At 1.94 goals per game, the Titans are ranked 57th in the nation and first in the league as well.

Hawai'i is 6-7-4 overall this year and went 4-1-3 in Big West matches this season. The Titans and Rainbow Wahine drew 1-1 in their matchup earlier this season on Oct. 20. Kayla Ryan leads the team with seven goals.


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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