Cal State Fullerton at Fresno State
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, Calif.
Cal State Fullerton at Loyola Marymount
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM
Sullivan Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
Cal State Fullerton remains on the road this week, traveling to Fresno State at 7 p.m., Friday and to Loyola Marymount at 4 p.m., Sunday.
PROMOTIONS & TICKETS
Cal State Fullerton returns to Titan Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 18, to host Idaho State at 7 p.m. CSF students in attendance will receive rally buffs while supplies last.
Cal State Fullerton students receive free admission to Titan home games with their Titan I.D. card.
Additional ticket information can be found by clicking HERE.
• Five of Fullerton's first six matches of the year have entered overtime, and the Titans are 0-3-2 in those games. Fullerton is 13-13-23 in extra time during Head Coach Demian Brown's eight seasons.
• The Titans are winless (0-5-3) in their last eight games on the road, dating back to a 2-1 double overtime win at USC on Sept. 22, 2013.
• Fullerton has not started the season without a win its first six games in its program history which dates back to 1993. The previous record was 2009, when the Titans didn't earn a win until their fifth game.
OPPONENTS & HISTORY
Fresno State | 7 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 12 | Bulldog Stadium
Fresno State enters Friday's game with a record of 1-5-0. The Bulldogs opened the year with a 2-1 overtime win over Eastern Washington, but have lost five straight, including a 3-0 shutout at UC Irvine. Fresno State has been outscored 16-6, as the Bulldogs have been shut out on three occasions.
The Series: Cal State Fullerton holds a 5-3-0 edge in the all-time series against Fresno State. The Titans have won the last three matches against the Bulldogs.
Last Time Out: Cal State Fullerton's Christina Burkenroad's first goal of the year in the closing minute of the first half proved to be enough, as the Titans delivered a 1-0 shutout victory over Fresno State in front of 752 fans at Titan Stadium on Aug. 25, 2013.
Loyola Marymount | 4 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 14 | Sullivan Field
Loyola Marymount enters Sunday's game with a record of 3-1-1, and has played two like opponents of Cal State Fullerton, battling Oregon State to a 0-0 draw in Corvallis, and suffering a 1-0 loss to Oregon in Eugene. The Lions opened the year on a three-match winning streak before traveling to Oregon, and last week recorded a 2-1 double overtime win at UC Santa Barbara. LMU has outscored opponents 7-3 as goalkeeper Sophia Leksan boasts a 0.56 goals against average.
The Series: Loyola Marymount holds a 9-7-1 advantage in the all-time series against Loyola Marymount, although the Titans ended a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 shutout of the Lions last year.
Last Time Out: Cal State Fullerton's Brianna Chapman rocketed home the eventual game-winner in the 89th minute and the Titans' defense picked up its fourth shutout of the season, handing visiting Loyola Marymount a 1-0 defeat in front of 1,176 fans at Titan Stadium on Sept. 13, 2013.
BE A FOLLOWER
Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (CSUF.Athletics) and Twitter (@FullertonTitans). In addition, the women's soccer team has established its own Facebook and Twitter presence. Search for "Cal State Fullerton Women's Soccer" on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @CSUF_WSoccer.
THE STUDENT CHALLENGE
Head coach Demian Brown has issued a challenge for the Oct. 9 match against rival Long Beach State. If 500 or more CSF students fill in Titan Stadium, Brown has pledged to wear the "Tuffy" costume at a men's basketball game for the 2014-15 season. More details about the Oct. 9 doubleheader will be released soon, but a Thunderstick giveaway is scheduled.
PATTERSON SELECTED AS CANDIDATE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Chelsey Patterson has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Sept. 2.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Read more about the Senior CLASS Award HERE.
OLD HABITS DIE HARD
In 2013, it was almost routine for the Titans to play an overtime period, entering extra time play on 10 occasions -- one shy of their NCAA record-tying 11 overtime matches in 2011.
The trend is continuing in 2014 as five of Fullerton's first six matches of the year have entered overtime.
The Titans were unbeaten in overtime (3-0-7) in 2013, but this season, the Titans have already suffered three losses in extra time. Fullerton is 13-13-23 in extra time during Head Coach Demian Brown's eight seasons.
In regulation, Cal State Fullerton has been outscored by the slim margin of 5-4, however, in overtime, the Titans have been shut out 3-0.
The Titans also hold a 33-25 edge in shots on goal, but opponents have outscored the Titans 8-4.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart returned to the Titan goal last week, making eight saves in 218:27 of action, including shutting out Oregon State last Friday.
TIME TO SNAP THE STREAK
The Titans have lost three straight matches at Titan Stadium for the first time since losing to UC Riverside, 3-2, on Oct. 26, 2008 and dropping the first two games of the 2009 season to Utah (3-1, Aug. 23) and St. John's (1-0, Aug. 28).
The Titans' loss to Michigan State on Aug. 24, ended Cal State Fullerton's eight-match undefeated streak at Titan Stadium, which dated back to Sept. 29, 2013.
ANOTHER STAT CARRIES OVER FROM 2013
Fullerton made it a habit of scoring late last season, netting nine of its 18 goals -- three of those going for "golden goal" game-winners -- in the 70th minute or later.
Three of CSF's four goals this season have come after the 79th minute, with the exception being Rebecca Wilson's 20th-minute strike at Oregon. All four of Fullerton's goals have been equalizers. The Titans have yet to score first in a game this season.
"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!"
Cal State Fullerton senior midfielder Chelsey Patterson will serve as team captain for the third straight season along with junior defender Morgan Batcheller and junior forward Rebecca Wilson.
Fullerton fans set a new record as 1,365 onlookers were in attendance – the second largest crowd to attend a Cal State Fullerton women's soccer match - and the largest for a home opener on Aug. 22, at Titan Stadium.
The 2013 Big West Tournament Champions will return to the pitch in 2014 with a challenging schedule as four of their opponents completed last year in the top-75 of RPI, while two competed in the NCAA Tournament.
A NEW LOOK
Entering the 2014 season, CSF has a strong combination of newcomers and returners on its roster. The Titans return 13 letterwinners from last year's championship squad while welcoming 11 newcomers and four returning redshirts. Of Fullerton's 13 returners, five were starters last season.
BY THE NUMBERS
Cal State Fullerton totaled 51 points last season (18 goals/15 assists) and will need to replace 57 percent of that production as top scorers Erica Mazeau (4 goals, 6 assists), Nikki McCants (3 goals) and Janali West (2 goals, 2 assists) have graduated.
TIME FOR REFLECTION
The Titans clinched the Big West Conference's 2013 automatic NCAA Tournament berth after winning their fourth league tournament championship on Nov. 10, 2013, courtesy of a 2-1 advantage in a penalty kick shootout against UC Riverside after the teams battled to a 1-1 draw following 110 minutes of regulation (90) and overtime (20).
Titan goalkeeper and Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player Katie Pulliam made three stops during the shootout, after saving two Cal Poly penalty kicks in the semifinals on Nov. 7. The Titans, the No. 4 and lowest seed at the Big West Tournament, ousted the No. 1 seeded Mustangs on Nov. 7 after the match ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes, and the Titans advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Fullerton was hosting the tournament at Titan Stadium after winning the 2012 Big West regular season championship.
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)
Fullerton's 2013 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).
For the third consecutive season, it was announced that the championship match of this year's Big West Conference women's soccer tournament hosted by Cal Poly would be televised live on FOX Sports PrimeTicket at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9.
TITANS CLAIM BACK-TO-BACK TITLES
Defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Fullerton is out to claim three consecutive crowns in 2014 after the Titans clinched their fourth Big West tournament title in school history and earned the league's automatic NCAA postseason berth in 2013. In 2012, Fullerton won its sixth Big West regular season championship in school history, trailing only Cal Poly (7). It was Fullerton's fourth solo crown after sharing the top spot in 2004 and 2007, the program's fifth in the last 12 seasons, and the second under Head Coach Demian Brown.
Fullerton's coaching staff remains largely intact for 2014 with one exception as Michael Thomas joins the staff following the departure of Diego Bocanegra, who accepted a position at Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Titan staff, Thomas served as head coach at the University of Buffalo for six years (2008-13). During his tenure with the Bulls, he tutored 12 Mid-American all-conference, all-tournament and all-academic honorees, fielding his most successful squad in 2011.
A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Sophomore Nicole Ulrich and junior Alyssa Cabral will be carrying on a tradition of sorts in 2014 as their No. 2 and No. 5 jerseys are the only two numbers in the history of the Fullerton program to be worn every season since the program began in 1993.
Cal State Fullerton, the defending Big West Tournament Champion, was picked to finish fourth in Big West Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll, while Cal Poly was selected to repeat as the regular season champion with six first-place votes.
UC Irvine received two first-place votes with 64 points while Long Beach State collected 59 points for third place. Cal State Fullerton received a first-place vote of its own and finished out the top four teams with 58 points.
Hawai'i (37 points), UC Santa Barbara (30), CSUN (27), UC Davis (27) and UC Riverside (26) rounded out the preseason poll.
Senior midfielder and captain Chelsey Patterson was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team after earning second team all-league honors in 2013.