FULLERTON, Calif. – Following a two-game road trip to start conference play, the Titans (6-4-1) return home to begin a three-game home stand at Titan Stadium beginning with UC Davis Thursday night at 7 p.m. and Sacramento State Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT.
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IN THE STANDINGS
The Titans are now in control of first place in the Big West South Division at 6-4-1 overall with a 1-1 record in conference play and three points. UC Irvine and CSUN are tied in second place with one point at 0-1-1 in conference play while UC Riverside is in last place at 0-2.
OPPONENT AND HISTORY
7 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 5 | Titan Stadium
The Titans and the UC Davis Aggies will meet for the 22nd time in the history of the two programs. Fullerton leads the all-time matchup at 10-8-3 including a 6-2-1 record while playing at Titan Stadium. The last time the two teams meet was in the first round of the Big West Tournament in 2016 at Fullerton where the Titans claimed the match in penalty kicks.
UC Davis heads into to Titan Stadium sporting a 4-5-2 record and a 1-0-1 record in conference play. The Aggies are tied for second place in the Big West North Division with Sacramento State after claiming a 2-0 win over UC Irvine and a 1-1 tie with CSUN last weekend.
The Aggies and the Titans have played a couple of familiar foes so far this season in San Francisco and San Diego. Fullerton experienced a 3-0 shutout victory over San Francisco while UC Davis claimed a 3-1 win. Davis later in the season fell to San Diego 2-1 while the Titans battled out a 1-1 tie against the Toreros.
UCD's offense spreads the ball around for its scoring as 11 different players a recording a goal on the season. Matt Beringer and Miguel Acevedo lead the Aggies with three goals each while Kyle Higgins and Lizandro Torres follow with two goal apiece. The Aggies don't have a single player in the top-5 of the Big West in any major statistical category.
7 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 7 | Titan Stadium
Fullerton and Sacramento State will meet for just the 10th time in the history of the two programs. The Titans lead the all-time series matchup at 6-3 and are undefeated at Titan Stadium against the Hornets with a 5-0 record. Sacramento State got the best of the Titans the last season, claiming a 1-0 victory in Sacramento.
Sacramento State heads into Saturday's matchup with a 5-4-1 record and a 1-1 record in Big West Conference play, leaving them tied with UC Davis for second place in the Big West North Division. The Hornets play UC Riverside, who are 0-9 on the season, Thursday night before playing the Titans Saturday.
The Titans and Sacramento State have played four similar opponents this season in Santa Clara and San Francisco in exhibition matches along with San Diego and Utah Valley in regular season matchups. Sacramento State had a 1-0 victory over Santa Clara and a 3-2 loss to San Francisco while the Titans claimed a 2-0 win over Santa Clara and 3-0 win over San Francisco. Sac. State in the regular season suffered a 2-0 loss to San Diego who the Titans tied 1-1. The Hornets won 2-1 over Utah Valley who the Titans loss to 2-0 at Titan Stadium.
The Hornets have three players on the roster that have scored multiple goals on the year. Christian Webb leads the team with four goals on the season while Trevor Jackson has netted three goals and Justin Bedig trails with two goals. Five other Sacramento State players have recorded goals this season.
McPhie Does it Again
Junior Ross McPhie continues to put the ball in the back of the net as he scored fifth goal of the season last Thursday in the Titans 5-2 loss to Santa Barbara. McPhie has already past his season total of goals from the entire 2016 season when he scored his fourth goal of the season and now he continues to add to his career high. The midfielder is tied for second in goals in the Big West (5) and is tied for third in total points (11).
Other than a few miscues that led to the five goals given up against UC Santa Barbara, the Titans defense has been stingy all season. Fullerton leads the Big West Conference for most shutout games on the season with five.
Titans in Top 5
Fullerton has a host of players who rank in the top-5 in the Big West in major statistical categories. As mentioned, McPhie is tied second in goals with five and is tied third in total points with 11. However, there are several other players making a name for themselves. Senior Diego Sanchez, who scored his first goal of the season on a PK in the Titans 1-0 win over Cal Poly, is tied for fourth in the conference in assists with three.
Forward Bass Sarr has been a big part of the Titans offense that has put pressure on the opposing goalkeeper has he is tied for fourth in the Big West with 21 shots this season. Goalkeepers Paul-Andre Guerin and Alfredo Cortez sit atop the conference in goals against, giving up just nine and seven, respectively.
Sophomore goalkeeper Guerin started in the season in net for the Titans and was replaced by Alfredo Cortez for five games before returning to the starting lineup Saturday against Cal Poly. In his first match back in net Guerin recorded a shutout while making four saves on the night, two of which were incredible diving saves that maintained the Titans 1-0 lead.
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