FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton women's soccer begins Big West Conference play with two home matches starting with Long Beach State on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT and UC Riverside on Sunday at 5 p.m.
• Senior Nano Oronoz and freshman Kristen Swales are both in the top 10 for the Big West Conference in goals scored on the year. Oronoz has four goals on the year (three vs. SMC on 8/19, one vs. Fresno State) and Swales has three (two vs. SMC on 8/19, one at GCU on 9/16).
• Atlanta Primus is tied for second in the league in assists with three on the year, each of which has been to Nano Oronoz. She also opened her scoring account against Fresno State (Sep. 2), which was off an assist by none other than Oronoz. Primus also scored the game-winning goal at SJSU (Sep. 6) from the penalty spot.
• The Titans are fourth in goals per game at 1.27 and fourth in the league in shots per game at 13.27.
The Titans are opening up league play by asking all of the fans to wear an orange shirt to Titan Stadium for Thursday night's match. In addition, the first 100 students will get a free orange Titans shirt to wear.
CATCH ALL THE ACTION
Both Thursday and Sunday's matches will be available live on BigWest.TV.
OPPONENT AND HISTORY
Sep. 27, 2018 vs. Long Beach State | Titan Stadium | 7:00 p.m. PT
The Titans open up conference play against the 49ers of Long Beach State who boast a record of 5-4-1. The 49ers are just 1-3 on the road this year, however, each of those three losses were on the road against ranked foes. The lone win came in their most recent road match at BYU.
Ashley Gonzales leads the team in points with 10 as she has scored four goals and dished out two assists.
The last time the Titans and 49ers squared off, the Titans earned a 2-0 victory at Long Beach on Oct. 8, 2017. Fullerton leads the all-time series 12-8-2.
Sep. 30, 2018 vs. UC Riverside | Titan Stadium | 5:00 p.m. PT
The Highlanders are unbeaten on the year as they are 9-0-1 entering conference play. UCR has played eight of its 10 games at home and are 1-0-1 away from home.
UCR has the top goals against average in the nation at 0.971. The Highlanders have only allowed one goal on the year, in a 2-1 win at Seattle. Madeline Feist leads the team in 0.60 goals per game and has buried four game-winning goals for the squad.
In the most recent matchup between the two squads, the Highlanders won 1-0 at Riverside on Oct. 5, 2017. The all-time series matchup favors Fullerton 10-6-3.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT - THE FEW, THE PROUD
After having nine seniors on the squad last year, all of which contributed to the 2017 Big West Tournament title, this year's squad has just four seniors.
• A jack-of-all-trades for the Titans and preseason All-Big West honoree Nano Oronoz has played 68 matches for the Titans and started 46 of them. She bagged a hat trick against St. Mary's on Aug. 19, becoming the first Titan to achieve that feat since 2015. She also scored the game-winning goal against Fresno State (Sep. 2) and supplied an assist. She has seven goals and six assists for her career.
• Defender Amanda Larsson has taken the field 56 times for Fullerton, including 33 career starts. Through nine matches this season, she has logged the second-most minutes among field players at 750 of a total 836 minutes.
• Midfielder Alba Barrios has played 51 career games in a Titan uniform, including 14 last year with 11 starts. She has scored two goals for her career, both coming as a freshman. She is still recovering from an injury and has yet to feature this season.
• Midfielder Jessica Simonian is redshirting the 2018 season due to injury so she will be back for the 2019 season. She has started 54 games in her time at Fullerton with 43 starts. She has tallied two goals and seven assists over the last three years.
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Junior forward Atlanta Primus, a London, England native, is tied for second in the conference in assists through seven matches after she dished out two against St. Mary's (Aug. 19) and one on against Fresno State (Sep. 2). Primus' three assists have all been to Nano Oronoz and Oronoz returned the favor for Primus as she also scored her first goal against Fresno State (Sep. 2). Primus also scored the game-winning goal at San Jose State (Sep. 6) from the penalty spot. She has scored nine goals and dished out now 11 assists in her career. She is three assists away from being tied for 10th all-time in career assists. The preseason All-Big West honoree led the 2017 team with 20 points (six goals, eight assists).
SANDERS FILLS VOID
Head coach Demian Brown had a hole to fill in the goal left by (now undergrad assistant coach) Morgan Bertsch who was a 2017 first-team all-conference honoree and 2017 Co-Big West Goalkeeper of the Year. In stepped sophomore Tianna Sanders who had an outstanding opening weekend. She recorded 11 saves against BYU on Aug. 17 and was a brick wall for the Titans. Sanders recorded her first two career clean sheet against Fresno State (Sep. 2) and San Jose State (Sep. 6).
COACH HITS TRIPLE DIGITS
With the win against CSUN on Oct. 1, 2017, head coach Demian Brown notched his 100th-career win. Over his 11 years as head coach, Brown has steered the Titans to four Big West regular season championships (2007, 2012, 2014, 2015) and five Big West Tournament championships (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) representing the league as the Big West's automatic qualifier at the NCAA Tournament for four of the last six years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) in addition to the Titans' postseason trip in 2007.
INSTANT IMPACT LINDAHL
Sophomore Delaney Dombek Lindhal, a Southern California native that attended Mission Viejo High School, spent her first year of college at Iowa. But she transferred to Fullerton over the summer and has been a stalwart in Demian Brown's lineup as she has played in all 11 matches and started nine of them. Thus far she has played the third-most minutes of all field players at 875 of 1016 total minutes. Lindahl recorded an assist for the Titans against San Jose State (Sep. 6).
NEXT IN LINE
The 2017 Titans featured seniors such as Samantha Koemans (five goals, five assists) Kaycee Hoover (five goals, two assists), Tala Haddad (three goals, three assists), Maribell Morales (three goals, one assist), Connie Caliz (two goals, one assist), all of which played at least 20 of the 22 games for the Titans and over 1,000 minutes. The 2018 squad will have to step into new roles and replace their productivity but Brown feels the team is capable and excited for the challenge.
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