FULLERTON, Calif.—The Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team will take to the pitch for the first time in 2013 on Monday night, as it will face off against the Cal Bears in an exhibition affair at 7 p.m. at Titan Stadium in the first of two tune-up games before the Titans open up the season Aug. 30 vs. Memphis.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. California. To access video for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the men's soccer schedule page then click the "video" link to watch through BigWest.TV.
There will be no audio coverage available for this game.
There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. California. To access live stats for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the men's soccer schedule page then click the "live stats" link.
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Men's Soccer Ticket Information
Admission for Monday's game is free for all fans.
Single-game tickets for regular season matches are priced $5-$8. Tickets for future games can be purchased at FullertonTitans.com, in-person at Cal State Fullerton's Athletic Ticket Office (M-F 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) or over the phone at 657-278-CSUF. Game day ticket sales will also be available starting one hour before kickoff at the ticket windows outside Titan Stadium.
All Cal State Fullerton students are admitted FREE to regular season men's soccer home games. Each student must present a valid Titan Card at the main entrance to Titan Stadium for admission. All student sections are general admission. Admission is first-come, first-served and based on availability. Just show your Titan Card for admittance.
In the Polls
The Titans and Bears both enter the 2013 season unranked.
A Look at the Series…
While Monday's game won't count toward the overall series between these two schools. Here's how the Titans stack up with the Bears historically.
Overall Record 6-6-2
Home Record 2-3
Away Record 4-1-2
Neutral Site Record 0-2
Longest Win Streak 3 games
Longest Losing Streak 3 games
Current Streak Loss 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 5-5
Oct. 31, 1976 in Fullerton (L, 1-2)
Sept. 8, 2006 at neutral site (L, 0-1)
The Bears welcome in eight newcomers (all freshman) and 19 returners from last year's squad that finished 8-7-3 overall and 3-5-2 in the Pac-12 Conference. Among the returners, five are All-Pac-12 honorees from a year ago in junior goalkeeper Kevin Peach, junior midfielder Seth Casiple, junior defender Christian Dean, senior defender Ryan Neil, and junior forward Stefano Bonomo. Bonomo returns as Cal's co-leader in goals scored from a year ago with five, while Caspiple served up a team-leading seven assists. Cal also excepts the healthy return of senior defender Steve Birnbaum, who was a preseason All-American last year, but went down with a season-ending knee injury just two games into the season.
Breaking Down the 2013 Titans
Cal State Fullerton returns six starters and 13 letter winners overall from a 2012 squad that finished 8-12-1 overall (4-5-1 Big West), but ended the season strong, winning four of its last six games to earn a berth in the Big West Tournament for the second time in three seasons.
A new-look 2013 team hopes qualify for the conference tournament for a second consecutive year, as the Titans bring in one of the largest classes in recent years, welcoming 16 newcomers to the program, including five quality transfers. While Fullerton losses two All-Big West selections from a year ago, in top point getter Jesse Escalante (8 goals, 2 assists) and Gerzon Blanco, Fullerton does welcome back one of the league's most dynamic players in junior midfielder and 2012 All-Big West first team member Ian Ramos. Ramos led the Titans in points, goals, shots, and shots on goal during conference play a season ago.
(A Lot of) New Kids on the Block
2013 truly represents a new era of Titan soccer, as the program welcomes in the largest class of new players in the Bob Ammann era, with 16 newcomers (11 freshman and five transfers).
While Fullerton holds one of the younger squads in the nation, that doesn't mean the Titans don't hold plenty of experience. Out of Fullerton's 11 newcomers, five of them are transfers in forward Marc Fenelus, midfielder Garrett Losee, midfielder Alex Cannas, forward Amara Soumah, and midfielder Erik Stephenson. Forwards Fenelus and Soumah were both named as NJCAA First Team All-Americans in 2012, while Fenelus also led Western Texas College to its first ever National Junior College National Championship appearance.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous eight-game non-conference schedule, which includes six games away from Titan Stadium. For the season the Titans will play four teams that are either ranked or received votes in the NSCAA's preseason top 25 poll. Fullerton will take on ranked opponents in back-to-back games on the road on Sept. 8 at No. 16 San Diego and Sept. 13 at No. 22 Cornell. Once the Titans enter Big West play, Fullerton will continue to take on top-tier competition, as it'll face Cal State Northridge twice and UC Santa Barbara once. Both schools received top 25 votes.
The Titans will play 11 of their 18 (61 percent) regular season games away from Titan Stadium this season, which is the most since Fullerton also spent 11 games away from home during the 2009 campaign. Six of Fullerton's eight non-conference games will be away from home, including six of the first seven contests to begin the year. The six non-conference games away from home are the most Fullerton has had since it played seven in 2008. The Aug. 30 regular season opener vs. Memphis will mark the first time the Titans have started a season on the road since 2010.
The Titans currently have 29 players on the 2013 roster. 20 players are from the state of California, five are from outside of the United States, three are from Utah, and one is from Colorado.
Filling in the Holes
Cal State Fullerton returns just 26 percent (7) of the team's 27 goals scored last season, 55 percent (12/22) of all assists produced, and 46 percent of shots taken (139/299).
Better Chance to Dance
The Big West Tournament format has changed in 2013. Now instead of the top two teams from each division qualifying for the conference tournament, starting this year the top three teams from both the North and South divisions will advance to postseason play with each division's No. 1 seed receiving a first round bye, for a total of six teams in the field. The tournament schedule is as followed:
Tuesday, November 12 - First Round
Friday, November 15 - Semifinals
Sunday, November 17 - Championship