Titans Look to Snap Losing Streak in Omaha
FULLERTON, Calif.-- The Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team will finish off its season-long four-game road trip this Saturday, as it tries to snap a four-game losing streak at Nebraska-Omaha at 2:00 p.m. PT
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There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. Nebraska-Omaha. 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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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Overall Record 0-0-0
Home Record 0-0-0
Away Record 0-0-0
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak N/A
Longest Losing Streak N/A
Current Streak N/A
Record in Last 10 Meetings N/A
Series Notes: This will be the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
Breaking Down Nebraska-Omaha
The Mavericks enter the new season looking to improve upon a 2012 campaign where UNO finished 6-11-2 and finished fourth in the Summit League with a conference mark of 3-3-1...the Mavericks have struggled out of the gate, sporting a 1-4 mark averaging just a goal per game....Junior midfielder Vance Rookwood returns as the team's top returning point getter from a season ago (Five goals, two assists), while sophomore forward Chava Garcia also returns as the squad's second-leading goal scorer from a year ago (4)...Garcia currently leads Nebraska-Omaha this season in total points with one goal and three assists....UNO sports a record of 1-2 at home this season and was picked to finish fourth in the conference for a second consecutive season according the Summit League coaches' preseason poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
For a third consecutive match, Cal State Fullerton held a lead but failed to hang on, as it fell to Colgate by the final of 3-1 last Sunday afternoon at Van Doren Field.
For Fullerton (1-5), the loss extends its season-long losing skid to four games, while its now dropped five straight road affairs going back to last season.
Things started off well for the Titans, as Ian Ramos netted his second goal in as many games in the 18th minute after converting on a penalty kick to give the Fullerton the early 1-0 lead.
But Colgate (1-5) would respond moments later, as the Raiders' Zach Pagani put away the first of his two scores on the day in the 24th minute off of the nice cross from Barrett Metzger to equalize things at 1-1.
The two teams went to the break tied, but Colgate held the momentum, as the Raiders outshot the Titans 12-4 and held a 4-1 corner kick advantage through the first 45 minute session.
Unfortunately for Fullerton, the Raiders would keep the pressure going in the second half, outshooting Fullerton 23-7 for the game, while holding a 10-0 shots on goal advantage.
Goalkeeper Bryan Escalante was able to weather the storm and keep Fullerton in the match, recording seven saves in the game, but the Raiders finally broke through in the 74th minute, as Pagani put in his second goal of the game off a rebound in the box to put Colgate in front 2-1.
The Raiders' Smith added one more in the 89th minute to bring the final tally to 3-1.
In the Polls
Neither the Titans or the Mavericks are ranked in the top 25 by Top Drawer Soccer or the NSCAA...Bennett Rank places Cal State Fullerton at 97th in the nation while Nebraska-Omaha is ranked 178th.
How We Rank
It's early, but the Titans rank first in the Big West in saves (30), tied for third in corner kick opportunities (31), and tied for fourth in goals scored with six.
Keeping Their Cool
After leading the Big West a year ago in yellow cards issued with 44 for the season, through six matches the Titans are tied for the least amount of cards issued in the Big West with seven yellow cards...Fullerton didn't pick up its first caution until the third match of the season (Sept. 6 vs. Loyola Marymount).
Second Half Struggles
Cal State Fullerton has outscored opponents 4-3, and has a 16-12 corner kick advantage vs. the opposition in the first half this season. However, the Titans have been outscored (7-2), outshot (63-35), and have lost corner kick battle 17-13 in the second half and overtime.
Oh So Close
Three of Fullerton's three losses this season have come by just one goal...In the three one-goal defeats, all three game-winning goals have come in the 73rd minute or later (73rd minute vs. Memphis, 106th minute at San Diego, and 96th minute at Cornell).
Cal State Fullerton has had either more or the same amount of corner kicks as the opposition in four of six matches this season...the Titans have been outshot in four straight contests...keeper Bryan Escalante has had more saves than the opponent's goalkeeper in four consecutive games....Titans have scored first in three straight matches and four of their last five.
After a slow start to the season, junior midfielder Ian Ramos leads the team in goals (2) and overall points (4), after netting a goal in consecutive contests over the weekend at Cornell and at Colgate
Senior midfelder Ritchie Gonzalez has taken a total of just four shots so far this season, but all four have been shots on goal with one finding the back of the net...he is second on the team in total points (3).
Last Friday's overtime contest with Cornell marked the first time Fullerton had played back-to-back extra time games since Sept. 3 and Sept. 5, 2011...it was the first time the Titans had participated in consecutive overtime road affairs since Oct. 15 and Oct. 18, 2008 and was also the first time Fullerton had dropped consecutive overtime road contests since the 1987 campaign.
(Double) Overtime Agony
Before the Titans' double overtime loss at San Diego on Sept. 8, Fullerton hadn't lost in five consecutive extra time contests during that span...last overtime defeat was Nov. 4, 2009 at Cal State Northridge...last double overtime loss was Nov. 5, 2008 also vs. Cal State Northridge.
Senior midfielder Ritchie Gonzalez is out this week due to a leg injury....freshman midfielder Dean Wright is out for the season with a leg injury.
What A Win Would Mean
A win over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday would snap an overall four game losing skid, which is currently the longest since the 2008 season...Fullerton has only dropped five consecutive games once during the Bob Ammann era, it was his first season in 2006....A win would break a five-game road losing skid going back to last season.
Ian Ramos leads the Titans in total shots with 13, while Marc Fenelus is second with 11.
Sharing is Caring
Cal State Fullerton has six total goals on the year, scored by five different players...Ian Ramos is the only Titan with more than one goal.
Cal State Fullerton has dropped five consecutive road contests going back to last season and is 1-14-2 in its last 17 road affairs going back to the 2011 campaign...the Titans have been outscored 35-13 during that 17-game span.
Save This Stat
Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Bryan Escalante leads the Big West in saves this season with 30...his 30 saves also ranks 15th most nationally.
On The Road Again
The Titans are playing the final game of a season-long four-game road swing after already playing a matches at San Diego (Sept. 8), at Cornell (Sept. 13), and at Colgate (Sept. 15) During this stretch the Titans will travel over 8,700 miles in 15 days in the program's longest road trip since the 2006 season (also a four-game road swing).
Cal State Fullerton's 2-1 win over Albany on Sept. 1 marked head coach Bob Ammann's 50th career win as a Titan head coach...Al Mistri is the only other Titan head coach that has more wins with 264.
Men's Soccer Ticket Information
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 657-278-7547. 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.
Titans Tabbed Third in Big West Media Poll
Cal State Fullerton was selected to finished third in the Big West South Division according to the Big West preseason coaches' poll, which was released on Aug. 22nd by the league office, making the Titans favorites to earn a trip to the Big West Conference Tournament for a third time in four seasons.
Defending South Division champion Cal State Northridge garnered the respect of the league once again this year, as it was picked as the preseason favorite to win the South for a second straight year, collecting six first place votes and 30 points overall.
Orange County rival UC Irvine finished second in the South voting, earning 21 points overall (one first place vote), followed by the Titans (one first place vote) and UC Riverside, each accumulating 16 and 13 points respectively.
There was less of a clear favorite in the North Division with three teams being separated by four points or less in the polls.
UC Santa Barbara got the nod as the slight favorite to come out of the North Division, collecting five first place votes to go along with 25 points overall. 2012 North Division Champions UC Davis finished just behind the Gauchos with 23 points and three first place votes.
Traditional powerhouse Cal Poly also looks to contend this season, as it garnered 21 points to claim a third place spot in the poll, while Sacramento State was picked fourth with 11 points.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the men's soccer page to watch the 2013 men's soccer season preview video featuring head coach Bob Ammann.
Eyeing Ian (Ramos)
Junior Titan midfielder Ian Ramos was selected to the Big West's 11-man preseason all-conference squad. Ramos enters the season as one the most dynamic players in the league, as he led the Titans in points, goals, shots, and shots on goal during conference play a season ago.
A Brand New Look
A new team, a new year, and yes new jerseys. After being outfitted by adidas for numerous years, both the men and women's soccer programs have switched to new Nike kits for the 2013 season.
The home jerseys sport blue and orange horizontal stripes across the top with blue "Fullerton" lettering across the chest, complete with blue shorts and blue socks on the bottom.
The away jerseys for the men feature a white top with an orange sash with navy blue trim extending from the left shoulder down to the right hip. Orange "Fullerton" lettering is printed across the chest, along with shorts and matching white socks.
(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