FULLERTON, Calif. – The defending 2013 Big West Tournament champions return to action with their first practice of the spring on Feb. 24, as the Titans prep for their 2014 spring schedule.
"This is always an exciting time of the year," associate head coach Diego Bocanegra said. "Even though we lost another great class of seniors, we are excited for other players to increase their role on the team. We will focus on the areas of individual skills, fitness, leadership and maturity. As each player improves, the team will grow. By the end of the spring, our team will have it's own identity and be ready to make its mark on our program."
The action begins on Friday, March 7 with a 7 p.m., match against Cal Baptist The Lancers completed the 2013 season with a record of 12-5-1, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
On Thursday, March 20, Shizuoka Sangyo University from Japan will make its way to Titan Stadium for a 7 p.m. start.
On Saturday, March 29, Fullerton will host a doubleheader at Titan Stadium as Azusa Pacific (10 a.m.) and San Diego (4 p.m.) make the venture to Fullerton.
Azusa Pacific returns to the field after winning the National Christian College Athletics Association championship over Dallas Baptist. The Cougars' head coach Jason Surrell was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national Coach of the Year after also winning the Pac West title.
Fullerton will travel to UC San Diego on Saturday, April 12 for a 6 p.m. start, before closing the spring hosting CSU Bakersfield at 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 19.
Admission to soccer spring matches is free of charge.
Returners for 2014 include sophomore defender Morgan Batcheller - a NSCAA All-West Region third team selection. Big West second team junior midfielder Chelsey Patterson is also set to return to the pitch along with defender Jazzmin Mancilla, a member of the Big West Conference freshman team.
Sophomore defender Colleen Ortega will return to the backline following a season where Fullerton's defense emerged as one of the best in the league, ranking atop the Big West statistical rankings in fewest goals allowed (17), goals against average (0.71), and saves (113), while standing tied for third in shutouts (7).