Oct. 3, 2006
Wed., Oct. 4 - vs. Cal State Northridge, Titan Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 7 - vs. UC Riverside, Titan Stadium, 7 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton student Michael Martinez will provide LIVE audio play-by-play on the Titans' website - www.fullertontitans.com - for both matches.
Cal State Fullerton is 4-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the Big West Conference
Cal State Northridge is 3-3-4 overall and 1-0-2 in the Big West Conference
UC Riverside is 3-6-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the Big West Conference
Cal State Fullerton's Bob Ammann is 4-5-1 in his first year at CSF and career
Cal State Northridge's Terry Davila is 80-51-18 in his 8th year at CSUN and career
UC Riverside's Junior Gonzalez is 16-28-2 in his 3rd year at UCR and career going into an Oct. 4 game at Cal Poly SLO
Fullerton leads the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 12-9-1, but the Matadors have won the last three meetings and 7 of the last 9. Northridge also has won 3 of the past 4 meetings in Titan Stadium.
Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Riverside, 7-6, but the Highlanders have a 6-4 advantage over the past five years. Fullerton won the first three meetings in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Each of the last seven meetings have been decided by a single goal with UCR winning five of them.
ABOUT THE MATADORS:
Cal State Northridge is the defending conference champion and was nationally ranked in the early going of 2006, tying UCLA in its opener, but has managed only a .500 record. Its most impressive win was a 5-0 rout of UC Santa Barbara last week. CSUN is unbeaten in its last five matches (2-0-3) but has yet to win on the road. Sunghyun Kim is the leading scorer with 4 goals and 9 points. Kevin Guppy has started all 10 matches in goal and has a 1.01 GAA.
UC Riverside was off to a 3-2-0 start but is 0-4-1 in its last five matches and was shut out in its last two, both at home, by UC Irvine and UC Davis. Nathan Peterson is the scoring leader with 3 goals and 8 points. Charles Alamo has played the entire season in goal.
ABOUT THE TITANS:
Three has been the Titans' magic number in 2006. It has been their goal total in each of their four wins and three of those have come by an identical count of 3-2. This year's team has scored 16 goals compared to a season total of 20 in 19 matches in 2005.
The last two losses at home have been similarly frustrating. Against both UCSB and UCI, the Titans scored a late goal in regulation to force overtime only to lose on a "golden goal," first to the Big West pre-season favorite and then the current standings leader.
Eugene Brooks shares the conference lead with 7 goals, 6 of them coming in the last four matches (2 vs. Maine, 1 vs. UCSB, 2 at UNLV and 1 vs. UC Irvine).
San Jose State transfer Brent Douglas started the first six matches in goal with returnee Kevin Puder sidelined by injury. Puder returned to finish the Maine game and has gone all the way vs. UCSB, UNLV and UC Irvine. Their goals against averages are 1.57 for Douglas and 1.99 for Puder.
With two road victories (at San Jose State and at UNLV), the Titans have two more road wins than all of last season. They also own a neutral site win (over Oral Roberts at Memphis). With four wins overall, they have matched their season's total of 2005 (4-14-1).