FULLERTON, Calif. -- Looking to build upon its 2012 Big West Conference championship season, the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer program announced a slate of 10 spring contests for 2013, including six home dates at Titan Stadium.
"Each year we try to put together a spring schedule that will challenge us and act as great preparation for the fall," Titans' Associate Head Coach Diego Bocanegra said. "We will play against programs from the Pac-12, the West Coast Conference, the Mountain West, our own Big West Conference, as well as two, very good, non-Division I schools. We will see different styles of play, different formations and a variety of unique conditions so that we are better prepared for similar situations come August."
The spring kicks off on March 9 in South Orange County as Big West rival UC Irvine hosts Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside, and San Diego State in a round-robin tournament featuring 30-minute games. The Titans open with the Matadors at 1:30 p.m., before taking on the Highlanders at 3 p.m., the Anteaters at 3:45 p.m., and the Aztecs at 4:30 p.m. to close out the tournament.
The opener against Northridge will feature the final two teams from the 2012 Big West Conference Tournament, won by the Matadors in the second minute of overtime by a 1-0 score at Anteater Stadium. Later, in their clash with San Diego State, Fullerton will take on a Aztecs' squad that finished ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation at 21-2-1 overall and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Titan Stadium is the site for the Titans' next six matches, opening the home portion of their spring schedule on March 23 by taking on Cal Baptist at 12 p.m., and Loyola Marymount at 4 p.m. The Lions, who defeated Fullerton by a 2-1 score in overtime on Aug. 19 last season, finished sixth in the West Coast Conference at 9-8-2 overall and 3-5 in the WCC. The Lancers are back-to-back defending National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Champions, finishing the 2012 campaign with an 18-2-1 overall record.
Two weeks later, on April 7, the Titans host Southern California rival USC, and former head coach Ali Khosroshahin, at 11 a.m., and Cal State San Marcos at 4 p.m. The Women of Troy and the Cougars will meet one another at 1:30 p.m. USC finished the 2012 season at 6-10-3 overall and 3-6-2 in the Pac-12, while Cal State San Marcos qualified for the NAIA tournament for the fourth-consecutive season, finishing the year at 11-6-3 overall and ranked No. 17 in the nation.
Cal State Fullerton then closes out the spring by hosting four teams for its own round-robin event on Sunday, April 14. The Titans will take on Pepperdine at 11 a.m., before battling Arizona State at 2 p.m., with UC Riverside and Miramar JC also scheduled to attend. The Waves finished third in the WCC and ended the year ranked No. 22 in the nation with a 14-7 overall record while the Sun Devils ended the year at 10-9-2 overall, earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Fullerton then caps off the spring by hosting its annual Alumnae Game at Titan Stadium on April 21 at 7 p.m.
2013 CAL STATE FULLERTON WOMEN'S SOCCER SPRING SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 9 - at UC Irvine Round-Robin
Cal State Fullerton vs. Cal State Northridge, Field 1, 1:30 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Riverside, Field 2, 3 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Irvine, Field 1, 3:45 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton vs. San Diego State, Field 2, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23
Cal Baptist at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Stadium, 12 p.m.
LMU at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Stadium, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 7
USC at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Stadium, 11 a.m.
USC vs. Cal State San Marcos, Titan Track Field, 1:30 p.m.
Cal State San Marcos at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Track Field, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14
UC Riverside vs. Arizona State, Titan Stadium, 9:30 a.m.
Pepperdine at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Stadium, 11 a.m.
Arizona State at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Stadium, 2 p.m.
UC Riverside vs. Miramar JC, Titan Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19
Alumnae Game, Titan Stadium, 7 p.m.